For Immediate Release
On Yom HaShoah AIFD remembers the Holocaust
PHOENIX, AZ (April 19, 2012) – Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a devout Muslim and the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) issued the following statement to mark the day of Yom HaShoah.
“Yom HaShoah serves as a profound reminder for all of us of the devastation inflicted on the Jewish people in the Holocaust. It is a commemoration of the over six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories. It ensures that we will never forget. It commemorates the Jewish resistance in that period, and all of those that fought to ultimately defeat Nazism.
At AIFD, as Muslims we lift up the example of the Albanian Muslims featured in the Yad Vashem exhibit Besa: A Code of Honour who under Nazi occupation risked their own lives and defied orders by sheltering Jews. The exhibit features, for example, Albanian Muslim brothers Hamid and Xhemal Veseli who helped protect their Jewish brethren.
Yom HaShoah is an opportunity to renew our commitment to each other and to renew our vigilance to protect the sanctity of religious freedom for each and every one of us. As we witness the inhuman atrocities being perpetrated in Syria, the Sudan, and in regions all over the world, we must remember that the evil that led to the Holocaust can only be kept at bay by our commitment to and our unwavering defense of humanity against evil in all of its forms. The recent massacre at the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, France is a stark reminder that the Jewish people are still one of the primary targets of Islamist radicalism.
At the American Islamic Forum for Democracy we mark Yom HaShoah with a solemn prayer for those lost and our collective strength to make sure that the Holocaust is never repeated.”
About the American Islamic Forum for Democracy
The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. AIFD’s mission advocates for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, through the separation of mosque and state. For more information on AIFD, please visit our website at http://www.aifdemocracy.org/.
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