VIDEO: Muslims and Jews Vow to Stand Up for Each Other, Build Global Movement of Reconciliation

There is a widely accepted belief that Muslims and Jews are enemies and will always remain so. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

For the past six years The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding has not only challenged this narrative, but has facilitated a global dialogue between Muslims and Jews that is taking place on all six populated continents.

This Muslim-Jewish dialogue is our annual Weekend of Twinning which encourages joint Muslim and Jewish programming on the grassroots level in every community across the world where Muslims and Jews reside.

Our efforts reveal the actual harmony that exists between these two faiths and peoples and here is a video that we produced with Unity Productions Foundation, which documents this global Muslim Jewish coalition that is vowing to stand up for one another by combating Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred.

Join our movement by sharing this message with your networks via social media, email, or word of mouth.

 

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-marc-schneier/

Video: http://youtu.be/vEHVannOkj8

Muslims seek change in their Hollywood story

After years of watching Muslims portrayed as terrorists in mainstream TV and movies, an advocacy group hopes to change that image by grooming a crop of aspiring Muslim screenwriters who can bring their stories – and perspective – to Hollywood.

The Muslim Public Affairs Council is hosting a series of workshops taught by Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated veterans over the next month, an initiative that builds on the group’s outreach for a more representative picture of Muslim-Americans on the screen.

MPAC dubbed its effort the Hollywood Bureau, while Unity Productions Foundation recently started a similar project called Muslims on Screen and Television. Other nonprofit arts foundations, such as the Levantine Cultural Center and Film Independent, have joined forces by planning networking events for Muslim actors and training and mentoring young filmmakers.

“The idea is to really give Muslims an avenue to tell our stories. It’s as simple as that. There’s a curiosity about Islam and a curiosity about who Muslims are – and a lot of the fear that we’re seeing comes from only hearing one story or these constant negative stories,” said Deana Nassar, MPAC’s Hollywood liaison.

CAIR Partners With ‘20,000 Dialogues’

CAIR, a prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group announced that it will partner with the 20,000 Dialogues campaign to bring together Americans from different faiths in communities across the country. 20,000 Dialogues is a project of the Unity Productions Foundation (UFF), and will use films about Muslims to stimulate discussion and promote understanding. The initiative is envisioned as a way to empower everyday people to take part in a dialogue to understand Muslims and Islam through interfaith dialogue. UFF launched 20,000 Dialogues in August 2007 with a program on PBS. At present, hundreds of dialogues have been conduced across the United States.