Is­lamic cen­tre ex­hibit shows in­ter­faith unity

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

AN EX­HI­BI­TION high­light­ing the ef­forts of Al­ba­nian Mus­lims who de­fied the Nazis to help res­cue and pro­tect Jews will be staged on Sun­day at the Cen­tre for Is­lamic Un­der­stand­ing in Gold­ers Green.

Be­ing held in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Faiths Fo­rum for Lon­don and Bar­net Multi Faith Fo­rum, the Yad Vashem ex­hi­bi­tion is part of the cen­tre’s ef­forts to con­nect with its neigh­bours and heal the di­vides caused by the ob­jec­tions of some res­i­dents to its open­ing.

The ti­tle of the dis­play, Besa, is the Al­ba­nian code of hon­our and means lit­er­ally “to keep the prom­ise”.

A per­son act­ing ac­cord­ing to Besa can be trusted with the life of an­other.

Rabbi Natan Levy, head of op­er­a­tions at Faith Fo­rums for Lon­don, said “this won­der­ful ex­hi­bi­tion shows the real value of in­ter­faith sol­i­dar­ity.

“It is a pow­er­ful re­minder that the Mus­lim com­mu­nity in Al­ba­nia was one of the few which did not stand idly by when the Nazis at­tempted to erad­i­cate their Jewish neigh­bours. It’s also in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that Jewish and Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties have al­ways his­tor­i­cally sup­ported each other.

“By spend­ing more time to­gether and seek­ing to un­der­stand our com­mon­al­i­ties and ap­pre­ci­ate our dif­fer­ences, we can pro­vide a united front against ha­tred.”

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