Thirteen American Muslims recently returned to the United States following a trip to Israel and Bahrain in late November, organized by NGOs the American Muslim and Multifaith Women’s Empowerment Council (AMMWEC) and Sharaka.
A Black Iranian, a Pakistani Muslim, and a Brooklyn Jew walk into a comedy club. No, that’s not the setup for a joke. Rather, it was the lineup on Monday night at the Laugh Factory for the “Comedy for Peace” event in honor of Sharaka, a global interfaith organization dedicated to achieving peace in the Middle East.
Organized by Sharaka non-profit, group focuses on women’s empowerment in Bahrain before arriving in the Jewish state
“Many countries, Pakistan included, could benefit from Israeli technologies, especially in agriculture, water reuse, high-tech and health care,” Nasim Ashraf, the country’s former minister of state for human development, told JNS.
“If we don’t stop anti-Semitism at a certain point, it will spread,” said Ahmed Khuzaie, director of U.S. affairs at Sharaka, calling the Shoah “a human story. It’s not just about the Jews.”
Amit Deri, the co-founder and CEO of Sharaka, a cultural exchange project for young professionals in the UAE and Israel, had this to say about the Abraham Accords: “Four countries finally stood up and said no to boycotts and yes to dialogue and cooperation … The lack of any popular backlash further proves this. Promoting a regional peace first approach will do more to promote peace than seven decades of boycotts ever accomplished.”
The Pakistani delegation, which also includes members of Muslim-American peace groups, is currently in Israel despite a lack of formal diplomatic ties between the two countries
A delegation of Pakistanis, including a former government minister, met Israeli Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem on Wednesday, the leader of the group and trip organizers said.
A group from the Muslim-majority country in south Asia promoting interfaith dialogue
Despite lack of diplomatic relations, a group featuring a former government minister tours Jerusalem, seeking to lobby Islamabad to join Abraham Accords
Delegation of religious figures, journalists to meet with president and tour holy sites as they explore possibilities of expanded ties
A Pakistani-American woman who came under fire in the Islamic nation for leading a delegation to Israel defended the trip Monday, saying she traveled to Jerusalem with a small group of Muslims and non-Muslims to promote interfaith harmony.
Two areas for which there is enthusiasm in Morocco is Israeli hi-tech and culture. Govrin spoke with the Post in the framework of an Israeli delegation on those two topics, via the NGO Sharaka, which seeks to build people-to-people ties between Israelis and Abraham Accords states.
Battles with high-profile Pakistani politicians aside, for most of the group, in Israel for the first time, the visit was an eye-opening experience
Mission of “Sharaka Scholars Forum” is to offer an academic dimension to Abraham Accords
A 14-member delegation of mainly Muslim-Americans of Pakistani background were in Israel from May 8-14 to show support for the 2018 Abraham Accords between Israel and several Muslim states. The 10-day trip to both Israel and the United Arab Emirates generated both positive and negative publicity. Graciously received by top Israeli officials, including President Isaac Herzog, the delegation was attacked by Pakistani government ministers and senators on social media.
“This is crazy what we’re doing. We’re in Auschwitz, a delegation of Arabs and Israelis. I hope that in 10 to 20 years’ time, this won’t be news,” said Rawan Osman.
Delegates from Arab states have travelled to Poland to take part in the March of the Living for the first time.
Poland: Shakara organization collaborates with young leaders from Muslim countries including Lebanon, Syria, and the Gulf states to strengthen ties between Israel and the Arab world.
A group of young leaders from Lebanon, Syria, Gulf countries join the Sharaka organization to strengthen the bond between Israel and the Arab world following the Abraham Accords
Along with the survivors, this year's march will be accompanied by various delegations, including one comprised of Ukrainian refugees, another comprised of victims of antisemitism, and for the first time, a delegation from the UAE.
He also commended the group’s work, which led to the signing of a cooperation agreement with Sharaka, a non-profit organisation founded by youth from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and Israel.
"There is a tremendous support across politics and business for the Abraham Accords. I was particularly impressed when we’ve signed an MoU with Sharaka. The interest of the young people is the most represented and for them, this is the chance to look forward and realise that it is not just about reading history, it is about writing history," Fox explained.
Leaders of the UK Abraham Accords Group and Sharaka, will today sign a cooperation agreement (MoU) at a private event at the Crossroads of Civilisations Museum in Dubai, UAE.
"We must work to plant the seeds now so our future generations will enjoy the fruits of peace. That is what the holiday and the Abraham Accords are all about"
“When you are connected to the roots and you maintain your identity and you keep to your core, that’s when your tree is alive. When your tree is alive, they can give fruit and they can inspire others. To celebrate Tu BiShvat here in the UAE in such a way is incredible,” said Rabbi Levi Duchman, Head of the Jewish Community Center in the UAE.
I just returned from a speaking tour about the Abraham Accords in the United States. The accords were intended to bring together Abraham’s descendants—Isaac and Ishmael. But they might also help bring together the children of Isaac—that is, help mend the relations between Israel and American Jewry.
The Peace Institute and Sharaka agreed to mutually promote the economic and cultural ties among the Abraham Accords countries
Representatives from the AAPI and the Sharaka initiative on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding in order to promote the goals of the Abraham Accords.
Sharaka is an organization that was created to be a civil society “extension of the Abraham Accords, which were mediated by the US,” said Dr. Majid Al Sarrah, founder and UAE CEO of Sharaka. “We sent this delegation to show Americans the fruits of these efforts.”
'Hanukkah in the UAE was eight days of miracles,' says local rabbi as joint events in both countries are latest sign of growing ties since signing of Abraham Accords in 2020
“Even when politics fail and political deals collapse, we want to have enough of the social and cultural relationships between people so that they always have something to fall back on,” said Chama Mechtaly, an Amazigh-Moroccan activist and artist.
Sharaka delegation from UAE, Bahrain, Morocco, and Israel finds US audiences long on hope but short on information
“The accords, in my humble opinion, are the beginning of the end of the Arab-Israeli conflict.” That was the optimistic assessment shared by Dan Feferman, a former IDF intelligence officer and now the global affairs director of Sharaka, a nongovernmental organization, with an online and in-person audience gathered at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette on Monday.
Gulf-Arab initiative 'Sharaka', which aims to promote normalization and peace between Israel and Arab states, recently visited the San Francisco Bay area for a host of meetings with locals, blowing the minds of progressives with their unpredictable take on the conflict
Activists and officials from new Gulf partner, hosted by NGO seeking to deepen ties created by Abraham Accords, revel in warm reception, shrug off Palestinian residents’ hostility
Contrary to the wave of more than 200,000 Israelis who have already visited the Emirates, tourists from the Gulf are just starting to arrive to Israel.
During the first delegation of Bahrainis organized by the NGO Sharaka, young Bahraini influencers had their preconceptions of Israel challenged - and laid the foundation for more meaningful peace.
They met with government officials and visited holy sites in Jerusalem before seeing other cultural, religious and historic places throughout Israel during their whirlwind tour.
The visit was the first by an exclusively Bahraini delegation, which also became the first group to receive the Holocaust Center's new teaching guidelines in Arabic
Numerous deals have been struck since the signing of the Abraham Accords, but one particularly exciting outcome that reflects the agreement's commitment to "warm peace."
The Sharaka delegation held conferences at Congregations Or Hadash and Ohr HaTorah touting the Middle East ‘partnership’ and its significance.
The American Sephardi Federation welcomed the first Sharaka: Gulf-Israel Social Entrepreneurship Center delegation to the US for a tour of the National Sephardic Library & Archives at the Center for Jewish History and to sign Sharaka’s historic first MOU.
Arabs from the United Arab Emirates and Israeli Jews celebrated Ramadan and Lag Ba'Omer together at a special ceremony Thursday night in Dubai. The event was organized by the 'Sharaka' organization, and included Emirati locals and Israeli tourists who lit a bonfire for Lag Ba'Omer, while sitting down together for the traditional Muslim 'Suhur' meal eaten in the evening during Ramadan.
Sharaka, an organization that leads interfaith delegations to connect Israelis with people in the Gulf Arab nations, also tweeted that they are “proud to stand with” the scholars who endorsed the IHRA definition.
Dozens of online messages from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and other Arab countries have been sent by people in the region in solidarity, ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Dozens of messages from the Arab world have arrived as part of the memorial sign campaign that the March of the Living is organizing for the second consecutive year. These messages, which arrived from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and other Arab countries, came due to the participation of Sharaka (Arabic for ‘Partnership’) organization, headed by Amit Deri (Israel) and Dr. Majid Al Sarrah(United Arab Emirates) the co-founders of the new organization which was established thanks to the Abraham Accords.
Participants from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Saudi Arabia joined viewers from North America, Europe and Israel in more personal kind of diplomacy.
In wake of Abraham Accords, Auschwitz survivor Vera Kriegel gave testimony to young people from the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia, who recently visited Yad Vashem
In December 2020, interfaith group Sharaka brought to Israel the first ever delegation of young leaders from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Sharaka, which translates to partnership in Arabic, was founded last year by social activists from Israel and the Gulf, in the wake of the historic . The initiative aims to strengthen the bonds between young people in the region, build greater trust and promote a real, warm and enduring peace.
Event hosted by Tel Aviv's International Salon and OurCrowd with the group Sharaka discussed how business ties and partnerships will move Israel-Gulf ties forward
Israel welcomed a delegation of leaders and activists from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates earlier this month, following the success of the Abraham Accords that have normalized relations between Gulf and Muslim countries with Israel.
The most important characteristic of this visit was that it was informal and thus it supported the idea that a peace process is not complete unless it involves ordinary people.
11 young people from UAE and Bahrain visit Jewish state as part of new group, Sharaka — Arabic for partnership — which aimed to put a human face on normalization
A delegation from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain joined a Hanukkah menorah lighting ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday night, in what was hailed by the holy site’s chief rabbi as a “Hanukkah miracle.”
Dr. Majid al-Sarah from the University of Dubai said: “To visit Israel for the first time as part of a delegation is a historic moment. Israel is a prime example of tolerance in the region. This is a new era of peace and stability between peoples.”
Social activists and opinion leaders from Gulf nations attend event in Jerusalem’s Old City described by Kotel chief rabbi as a ‘Hanukkah miracle’
A delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain participated in a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem last night, reported the Times of Israel.
The delegation that included bloggers, academics and businesspeople is part of the Sharaka Project, an Israeli, Bahraini and Emirati initiative to cultivate ties among young people in Israel and Arab states. Sharaka is an Arabic word for “cooperation.”
Earlier on Monday, Rivlin welcomed a delegation of opinion leaders and activists from Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, greeting them both in Arabic and in Hebrew. “Peace is made between peoples and nations,” he told the delegation, led by Amit Deri of the Sharaka Project. “Your visit here is another step in the path of building warm relations between our countries.
Opinion: A visit to UAE second city was an experience of welcome embrace; I have been to a great many encounters with academics and students around the world but have never experienced such a wave of empathy