Young Jews and Muslims Learn to Get Along in Vienna

The annual Muslim Jewish Conference gives the next generation an opportunity to establish intercultural relations and partnerships.

Participants at last year's Muslim Jewish Conference.
Participants at last year's Muslim Jewish Conference.Credit: Courtesy MJC

In the shadow of the Gaza conflict, some 100 young Muslims and Jews from around the world are meeting in Vienna this week for the fifth Muslim Jewish Conference (MJC,) according to the Austrian website The Local.

For the next six days, young Jewish and Muslim adults from 35 countries, including Israelis and Palestinians, will discuss their similarities and differences, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

The program will include a trip to the site of the notorious Mauthausen concentration camp and visits to local synagogues and mosques.

According to MJC organizer Ilya Sichrovsky, 31, of Vienna the purpose of the conference is to "talk to each other instead of about each other."

The MJC is a non-profit organization based in Austria, involving young academics and professionals from all around the world and of various faiths. They include directors of local and national NGO, civil, human and women’s rights activists, academics, emerging business leaders and government policy makers.

The main goal of the annual conference is to provide the next generation with a positive outlook for establishing intercultural relations and sustaining Muslim-Jewish partnerships.

Former United States President Bill Clinton has been a consistent supporter of the MJC since its inception in 2010, and has sent a letter to the conference every year.

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