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File #: 190024    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 1/24/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 1/24/2019
Title: Recognizing AJC Philadelphia for its interreligious work in hosting the Muslim-Jewish Commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day; and further acknowledging January 27th as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. SignatureCopy19002400
Title
Recognizing AJC Philadelphia for its interreligious work in hosting the Muslim-Jewish Commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day; and further acknowledging January 27th as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the City of Philadelphia.
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WHEREAS, International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an international memorial day, commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during World War II, resulting in the death of an estimated 6 million Jewish people; and

WHEREAS, The United Nations General Assembly, through a Resolution in 2005, designated January 27th of every year as International Holocaust Remembrance Day to be observed by Member States in memory of victims of the Holocaust. International Holocaust Remembrance Day serves as a call to all humanity to ensure that good people do not sit and do nothing as evil triumphs over good; and

WHEREAS, It is important that in our lifetime, such atrocities never happen again, and AJC Philadelphia's Circle of Friends Muslim and Jewish Leaders Group takes this directive, and the advancement of human rights and civil liberties, very seriously; and

WHEREAS, AJC and Circle of Friends are cognizant that Holocaust denial, and baseless bigotry in general, is a menace in our society, and Jews and Muslims have a joint mission to keep their history and connections to one another alive, by telling stories of past cooperation and faith, and by demonstrating friendship and a shared humanity; and

WHEREAS, During the Holocaust, there are many stories and historical documentation of Muslims as rescuers of Jews. These stories range from Albania, Morocco, Turkey, Iran, Kosovo, Sarajevo, and Tunisia. Muslims who risked their lives to save and hide Jews are stories not told frequently enough; and

WHEREAS, The stories of faith, cooperation, and bearing witness are mirrored in the historical reality of how Muslims reached out to Jews and understood that the Nazis and their conspirators were persecutin...

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