[Media Advisory] JEWISH, MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN LEADERS TO HOST PRESS CONFERENCE ON SEPTEMBER 13 AT LOS ANGELES’ MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE HIGHLIGHTING PROGRESS ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN THE ARAB WORLD

**Media Advisory**

JEWISH, MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN LEADERS TO HOST PRESS CONFERENCE SEPT. 13AT LOS ANGELES’ MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE HIGHLIGHTING PROGRESS ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN THE ARAB WORLD AND TO CALL FOR GREATER RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE IN THE UNITED STATES 

MORNING PRESS CONFERENCE TO PRECEDE AN EVENING CEREMONY ANNOUNCING THE HISTORIC ‘BAHRAIN DECLARATION FOR RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE’ 

INCLUDING GUEST OF HONOR HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE NASSER BIN HAMAD AL KHALIFA OF THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN ALONG WITH DIPLOMATS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST, INTERFAITH LEADERS, PHILANTHROPISTS, SCHOLARS, AND FRIENDS OF THE SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER.

BOTH EVENTS ARE OPEN PRESS,

ADVANCE NOTICE REQUIRED.

 

LOS ANGELES — Each year in the United States the week of September 11th arrives in infamy, reminding all Americans of the cost of extremism, an extremism that remains on broad display in its various forms throughout our world today.

This year, the Simon Wiesenthal Center will join with an Arab nation connected by a bridge to Saudi Arabia — the Kingdom of Bahrain — in calling for the end of extremism and for greater religious tolerance in the Middle East and abroad.

Dual events on Wednesday, Sept. 13 are the result of months of dialogue between Jewish, Muslim, and Christian leaders, who met extensively both in the Middle East and in the United States.

A morning press conference will make a public call for religious tolerance throughout the world — and in our nation — and an evening ceremony will offer a practical action in response to it as Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders unveil and sign the historic “Bahrain Declaration for Religious Tolerance.”

Press details follow:

EVENT #1  – PRESS CONFERENCE CONDEMNING BIGOTRY AND CALLING FOR RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE

WHO:  

         His Royal Highness Prince Nasser bin Hamad al Khalifa

Kingdom of Bahrain

Envoy of His Majesty King Hamad al Khalifa

Chairman, Royal Charity Organization

Rabbi Marvin Hier

Founder and Dean,

Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance

Muhammed Khan

Director of Interfaith Outreach

King Fahd Mosque, Los Angeles

Rev. Johnnie Moore

Board Member, National Association of Evangelicals

2017 Recipient of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s “Medal of Valor”

WHAT:     

Following a meeting and tour of the Anne Frank exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance, His Royal Highness Prince Nasser, Rabbi Hier, Mr. Khan and Rev. Moore will address the press concerning the Bahrain Declaration and their collaborative efforts to work across religious communities in pursuit of greater religious tolerance in their respective nations and abroad.

WHEN:

         11 a.m. Pacific Time

WHERE:

         Museum of Tolerance

9786 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90035

Also to be broadcast LIVE on Facebook for reporters who cannot be physically present.  

EVENT #2 – EVENING SIGNING CEREMONY FOR THE BAHRAIN DECLARATION FOR RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE 

WHO:

Simon Wiesenthal Center, Interfaith Delegation from Kingdom of Bahrain including His Royal Highness Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, diplomats, religious leaders, survivors of terrorism and members of government and civil society. Approximately 350 invited guests. 

WHAT: 

A historic ceremony where the “Bahrain Declaration on Religious Tolerance” —authored by an Arab head of state, King Hamad of Bahrain — will be released publicly for the first time.

The document calls for people of all faiths to show respect for and protection of the rights of everyone to practice their religious affiliations in dignity and peace.

The highlights of the evening will include a signing ceremony, led by a mother of an ISIS suicide bomber from Saudi Arabia and the mother of a victim of that terrorist attack, which took place in a Mosque.

Leading Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Bahai leaders will be participating. A 30-person delegation from Bahrain will join Arab ambassadors to the United States from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain along with the Bahrainian ambassadors from London, Paris, and Belgium. Other diplomats, including the Israeli ambassador to the United States, are slated to attend.

This initiative comes at a time when terrorist groups like ISIS, Hezbollah and Hamas continue to leverage a virtually unchallenged narrative that invokes G-d’s name to recruit young people to commit unspeakable acts of barbarism.

WHEN:

         6 p.m. Pacific Time

WHERE:

         The Beverly Wilshire Hotel

Los Angeles, CA

 

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a global human rights organization researching the Holocaust and hate in a historic and contemporary context. The Center confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations. With a constituency of over 400,000 households in the United States, it is accredited as an NGO at international organizations including the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE, Organization of American States (OAS), the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) and the Council of Europe.

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