The Pain of the Others: Muslims Tour Auschwitz

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Abby Zimet

Often drawing parallels between the suffering of Jews and Palestinians, Muslim leaders from around the world made emotional visits last week to Dachau, Auschwitz and other European sites as part of a Holocaust awareness program. Imams recited the Janazah, the Muslim prayer for the dead, inside the crematorium at Dachau, and held afternoon prayers in front of Auschwitz' infamous, bullet-hole-riddled “Wall of Death,” where many thousands died.

"What can you say? You're speechless. What you have seen is beyond human imagination...Whether in Europe today or in the Muslim world, my call to humanity: End racism, for G-d's sake, end anti-Semitism, for G-d's sake, end Islamophobia for G-d's sake, end sexism for G-d's sake... Enough is enough." - Imam Mohamed Magid, President of the Islamic Society of North America.

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