Large delegation of Muslim Imams visit Holocaust MemorialBy Mason White 5:12 AM February 6, 2013
|Muslim Imams at the Auschwitz death camp|
By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) A large delegation of Muslim Imams led by the “Imam for the Jews”, visited a Holocaust Memorial site, according to video uploaded to the internet.
In the first such event of its kind in France, about 30 French Imams visited the Holocaust Memorial in Drancy near Paris on Monday. The visit comes at a time of great tension between Muslim and Jewish communities in France.
The French delegation of 30 Imams on Monday visited the Holocaust Memorial in Drancy, near Paris, in an effort to improve the image of Islam to a skeptical French public.
The visit was unprecedented and comes at a time of great tension to the country’s large Muslim community following the murder of seven people, including three Jewish children, by French Islamist militant Mohamed Merah, in March 2012.
A new poll released last month showed that 74 percent of respondents said that the Muslim faith was not compatible with the values of the French Republic.
“In a time of growing racism and fear of Islam in France, we are saying ‘no, it is possible for us to live together,'” Hassen Chalghoumi, who is the Imam of Drancy and the first Muslim figure in France to seek reconciliation among religions, said.
“Today, we are demonstrating that Islam in France is not necessarily subject to foreign influence or interference,” he added. “Most French Muslims are not fanatics. We represent an Islam that values human life, which rejects fundamentalism, racism and barbarism.”
Chalghoumi, labeled by some Muslims in France as “Imam for Jews”, is the head of the conference of Imams in France, an unofficial organization that is not recognized by the State created by the French Muslim Council.