Sharaka's Tolerance Promotion through Holocaust Education Program

Our mission is to foster understanding, tolerance, and coexistence by teaching the powerful lessons of the Holocaust. Join us on this transformative journey, as we work together to create a brighter future for the Middle East and the broader Muslim world.

Learning from the Past to Promote Tolerance and Coexistence

Inspired by our participation in the March of the Living in 2022, Sharaka, together with the Claims Conference, offers participants from around the region the opportunity to learn the tragic lessons of our past in order to promote tolerance and coexistence today and in the future.

Sharaka is facilitating the first-of-its-kind broad program for Holocaust education in the Middle East and the broader Muslim world.

The tolerance program is conducted with Assistance from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against  Germany Sponsored by the Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" Supported by the German Federal Ministry of Finance.

The Concept

We believe the best way to prevent violent social conflicts, hatred, civil wars and atrocities is by learning the lessons of the past.

The Holocaust is the horrific mass genocide perpetrated by Nazi Germany against the Jewish people, in which 6 million Jews and millions of others were tortured, enslaved and murdered.

The Sharaka program allows participants to learn, and see first-hand how intolerance today can lead to such atrocities later. Participants will take these lessons to their home countries to educate about the Holocaust and to promote the values of tolerance and coexistence, becoming Ambassadors of Tolerance and Peace.

The Need

The Abraham Accords between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain, and the renewal of Israel - Morocco ties, opened a historic window of opportunity to create real change in the Middle East and North Africa.

Due to the centrality of the Holocaust in the Israeli and Jewish experience, it is imperative to gain an understanding and appreciation of this. However, due to politicization, the Holocaust is at often minimized, ignored or denied throughout the region.

This reality is an impediment to true people-to-people peace. Moreover, intolerance, sectarianism, ethnic, religious and political violence, and extremism are still prevalent throughout the region.

The Inspiration

In March of 2022, Sharaka organized a historic delegation of Arabs and Muslims, to visit Auschwitz and partake in March of the Living.

We learned about pre-war Jewish life, Nazi Antisemitism and the Holocaust, including visiting Auschwitz and Birkenau.

Together, we vowed “Never Again”, and that each would use their platforms to speak up and educate on the Holocaust, antisemitism and the need for tolerance.