Top Islamic Leaders Visit Auschwitz
“The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord.” Isa. 51:3
A delegation of Muslim leaders visited Auschwitz on Thur. 23 Jan. 2020 ahead of the anniversary of the liberation of the Polish death camp in which over one million Jews were killed. Jewish leaders called the visit a 'groundbreaking' event. The secretary-general of the Muslim World League, Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, and the CEO of the American Jewish Committee, David Harris, led a delegation of 62 Muslims, including 25 prominent religious leaders, from 28 countries in a tour of Auschwitz. "To be here, among the children of Holocaust survivors and members of the Jewish and Islamic communities, is both a sacred duty and a profound honor," Al-Issa said. "The unconscionable crimes to which we bear witness today are truly crimes against humanity.” AJC CEO David Harris called the group of Saudi and other Muslims "the most senior delegation of Muslim religious leaders to visit Auschwitz ever." Auschwitz concentration camp was a complex of over 40 concentration and extermination camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during World War II and the Holocaust. Of the 1.3 million people sent to Auschwitz, 1.1 million died. Those not gassed died of starvation, exhaustion, disease, individual executions, or beatings. Others were killed during medical experiments. The camps became a major site of the Nazis' Final Solution to the Jewish Question. (VFI News)
Intercede that the thaw in relationships between Israel and the Sunni Arab world especially Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab states will continue. May there be ever-increasing understanding and honor for the Jewish people and the nation of Israel in the eyes of Israel’s Islamic neighbors.