European Jewish Congress
Kurdistan's peaceful co-existence impresses European Jewish Congress
EJC in the Media
Kurdistan's peaceful co-existence impresses European Jewish Congress

European Jewish Congress (EJC) delegation visited Kurdistan Region and admired the social harmony and peaceful co-existence between different religions in the Region, a Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) official told K24 on Thursday.

EJC delegation headed by their Vice President Edwin Shuker met Sherzad Omar Mamsani the Jewish Representative at the KRG Ministry of Endowment & Religious Affair, and Mariwan Naqshbandi the spokesperson of the Ministry.

Mamasani mentioned that the delegation was surprised by what they witnessed during their visit. “International media distorts Kurdistan Region’s image, but when we visited the Region, we were impressed by the peaceful co-existence between people of different religious and ethnic background. This is a rare case in the Middle East,” Mamsani quoted Shuker.

The KRG official noted that the delegation was impressed to see Kurdish Muslims opened the door of the mosques to accommodate non-Muslim Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) such as Ezidis. “This is something you can’t find in other Middle Eastern countries,” he stated.

The delegation was also impressed that Kurdish media refuses to demonize the 1.8 million refugees and IDPs in the Region. “In Europe, the number of refugees is fewer, yet media often targets them,” Shuker told Mamsani.

Regarding the number of Jewish people in the Kurdistan Region, Mamsani said, “Regardless of how many of them reside in Kurdistan, KRG laws dictate that every single person in the Region has the right to freely practice their religion and have their representative in the ministry.”

Moreover, Naghshbandi revealed that the delegation has offered to help the Region to revitalize the ancient and historic shrines and religious sites.

“There are hundreds of holy places in the Kurdistan Region that people around the world would love to visit. The ministry is currently working on expanding religious tourism,” Naqshbandi said.

The delegates stated that they will help the Ministry through special tourism companies to bring pilgrims to the Region.

“Kurdistan Region is the only place among Muslim communities that has official Jewish representative in the government, and it is the first time such a highly-regarded Jewish delegation officially visits us,” Naqshbandi said.

“Their visit indicates that Kurdistan Region is completely different from Iraq and the Middle East, especially from other Muslim countries,“ he concluded.

Click here to read the full article in Kurdistan 24

Tuesday, February 09, 2016
More News
Politico:
Austria’s conservatives and right-wing populists surged to victory in Sunday’s parliamentary election, according to early projections, heralding a tectonic shift in the country’s politics after more than a decade under a centrist coalition.
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Life in Israel
  • First fully disabled-accessible synagogue opened in Jerusalem
    Construction of the first fully disabled-accessible synagogue in Jerusalem is about to be finished, giving disabled worshipers easy access to the compound, with comfortable seating arrangements for wheelchair-bound visitors, Braille bibles and more.

    On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 First fully disabled-accessible synagogue opened in Jerusalem
  • Survey: 60 percent of Arab Israelis have a positive view of the state
    A poll of Israeli Arabs has found that sixty percent surveyed said they had a favourable view of the state, while 37% said their view was unfavourable.

    On Wednesday, October 04, 2017 Survey: 60 percent of Arab Israelis have a positive view of the state
  • Israel's trade with Russia leaps by 25 percent
    Trade between Israel and Russia has grown this year by 25 percent, officials from both countries revealed, amid complications with other Russian trading partners.

    On Wednesday, October 04, 2017 Israel's trade with Russia leaps by 25 percent
  • Israel aims to double the number of people working in hi-tech
    The Israel Innovation Authority aims to double the number of high-tech workers in the country over the next decade, while encouraging companies in older industry to use more technology and become more innovative, the authority said in its annual report released on Sunday.

    On Wednesday, October 04, 2017 Israel aims to double the number of people working in hi-tech
  • 20,000 Gazan lulavs arrive in Israel
    A shipment of 20,000 date palm fronds were transported on Monday from the Gaza Strip to Israel where they were to be sold for use in a traditional Jewish religious ritual during the coming Sukkot holiday, the Defence Ministry said.

    On Wednesday, October 04, 2017 20,000 Gazan lulavs arrive in Israel
  • Israeli intelligence helped to thwart dozens of terror attacks around the world
    The Israeli intelligence community has shared information with other countries over the past two years that has helped thwart dozens of terror attacks about to be perpetrated by Islamists who were in contact with members of Islamic State and Middle Eastern factions identified with Al-Qaida.

    On Thursday, September 28, 2017 Israeli intelligence helped to thwart dozens of terror attacks around the world
  • IDF declares war on smoking
    IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot has approved new measures to combat smoking in the military after new data revealed smoking during army service rose by 40 percent.

    On Wednesday, September 20, 2017 IDF declares war on smoking
  • Thousands take part in race commemorating fallen Druze police officers
    Thousands of participants took part on Friday in a race to commemorate the 421 Druze fighters who fell in all of Israel's battles and terror attacks.

    On Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Thousands take part in race commemorating fallen Druze police officers
  • Tamar and Mohammed top Israel's baby name list
    The most popular baby names in Israel over the past year were Tamar for girls and Mohammad for boys, the two favourites remaining at the top of their lists for the third consecutive year, according to figures released on Sunday by the Interior Ministry.

    On Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Tamar and Mohammed top Israel's baby name list
  • Syrians express gratitude for Israeli field hospitals
    Dozens of Syrian civilians have written letters of gratitude to Israel and the IDF for establishing field hospitals on its northern border which provided, and continue to provide, medical care to numerous victims wounded in the country's ongoing violent civil war.

    On Thursday, September 14, 2017 Syrians express gratitude for Israeli field hospitals
President's Page Security and Crisis Centre by EJC European Parliament Working Group On Antisemitism