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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

15th Annual Holocaust and Genocides

PRESS RELEASE

Dr. Mike Ghouse
Center for Pluralism
Website: www.CenterforPluralism.com
Website: www.HolocaustandGenocides.com
email: MikeGhouse@gmail.com 
Office: (202) 290-3560
Cell: (214) 325-1916

15th Annual Reflections on the Holocaust and Genocides  

The purpose of this event is education, information, and activism. We hope to learn and acknowledge our failings and make a personal commitment to our share of saying, "Never Again."


15th Annual Reflections on Holocaust and Genocides
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Sunday, January 26, 2020
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22201

Tickets are complimentary, but donations are accepted 

We hope you will walk out of the event with a genuine feeling of being a contributor towards building a cohesive world where no human has to live in apprehension or fear of the other. 

The Jewish community has been commemorating the Holocaust event since 1953, known as Yom HaShoah in Synagogues around the world. The general public learns it by visiting the Holocaust Museums and educational institutions.

At the Center for Pluralism, we are committed to spreading knowledge of the Holocaust and Genocide through interfaith and public events, including the Annual reflections. 


Speakers: 

Robert F. Teitel - Holocaust Story

Dr. Gregory Stanton - Signs of Genocides
Rushan Abbas & Omer Kanat - Uyghur Updates
Dr. Wakar Uddin - Rohingya Update
Muneer Baig - Kashmir Update
Dr. TO Shanavas - India Update
Dr. Rani Khan - Peace Pledge
Dr. Mike Ghouse - Genesis of this event
Rabia Baig - Mistress of Ceremony

Volunteers:


Nausheen Baig
Rabbi Alana Suskin
Jafer Imam
Dr. Zafar Iqbal
Charles Stevenson


Sponsors:


Would you like to be a sponsor?
Our budget is $2000, full or any part 


Co-Chairs:

Dr. Rani Khan
Dr. Mike Ghouse


Organized by:

Center for Pluralism

Our format consists of four parts; Interfaith prayers, Holocaust, Genocides, Massacred and the Pledge of Peace. Silently, we will acknowledge all suffering, but physically we are limited to a few Genocides each year. 

 This year, a Holocaust survivor will share his story, followed by updated Uyghur, Rohingya, and the signs of making of Genocide in India. I urge everyone to watch the Schindler's list and Civil War movies to grasp the signs.

I believe, when we acknowledge each other's grief and participate in each other's commemoration, we connect with the humanness within ourselves and seed the relationship of understanding and caring for each other. 

There is a shameless cruelty in us, either we shy away or refuse to acknowledge the sufferings of others, worrying that it will devalue our own, or amounts to infidelity to our pain, and every community and nation has suffered through this. To all those who have endured the Holocaust, Genocides, Massacres, Ethnic Cleansing, Land Mines, Hunger, Rape, Torture, Occupation, Expulsion, and inhuman brutality, we must say, you are not alone. The least we can do in the process of healing is to acknowledge every one's pain in one voice. 

 

I cannot be safe if the people around me are not, and I will not have peace if people around me don't. It is in my interest to seek a peaceful world for one and all.

This is a Muslim initiative to assure fellow humans who have endured the Holocaust, Genocide, ethnic cleansing, massacres, rapes, injustice and other atrocities that we are all in this together to create a better world. Tikkun Olam is our sacred duty. 

 

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List of Supporting Organizations (links embedded)

Send email to HolocaustandGenocides20@gmail.com
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Published at 148 News Outlets
A few are listed below 


Tuesday, December 17, 2019

India - Genocide in Making

Preparation for genocide underway in India: Dr. Gregory Stanton


An internationally acclaimed expert raises concerns about the possible mass extermination of Muslims while briefing US Congress on the situation in Kashmir and Assam.

Dr. Gregory Stanton, founder of Genocide Watch
Dr. Gregory Stanton, the founder of Genocide Watch, addressed an audience of Congressional and Government officials at a briefing titled Ground Reports on Kashmir and NRC in Washington D.C on December 12 where he said, “Preparation for a genocide is definitely under way in India. He said that persecution of Muslims in Assam and Kashmir “is the stage just before genocide, adding, “The next stage is extermination — that’s what we call a genocide.”
Dr. Stanton created the world-famous “Ten Stages of Genocide” as a presentation to the U.S. Department of State when he worked there in 1996. According to Dr. Stanton, the ten stages of genocide are as follows:
  • The first stage was “classification” of “us versus them”.
  • The second stage, “symbolization”, named the victims as “foreigner”.
  • The third stage, “discrimination”, “classified [the victims] out of the group accepted for citizenship” so that they had no “human rights or civil rights of citizens” and were “discriminated against legally”.
  • The fourth stage, dehumanization, “is when the genocidal spiral begins to go downwards. You classify the others as somehow worse than you. You give them names like ‘terrorists’, or even names of animals, start referring to them as a cancer in the body politic, you talk about them as a disease that must be somehow dealt with.”
  • The fifth stage was creating an “organization” to commit the genocide: the role played by the “Indian army in Kashmir and the census takers in Assam”.
  • The sixth stage was “polarization”, which is achieved by propaganda.
  • The seventh stage was “preparation”
  •  The eighth “persecution”, where Assam and Kashmir currently were.
  • The ninth stage is “extermination” and;
  • The tenth stage is “denial”.
Dr. Stanton also drafted UN Security Council resolutions that created the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda and the Burundi Commission of Inquiry, two places where genocides had occurred. A former President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, his research on genocides in Cambodia and Rwanda, and of the Rohingyas, is recognized worldwide.
CJP secretary and Human Rights Defender Teesta Setalvad also addressed the audience via video conferencing and said that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was “being used to subvert human rights in Assam. There are laid down guidelines and standard operating procedures to carry out this exercise but none of it is being followed. We have to ask if this exercise is being carried out within the ambit of the constitution.”
Setalvad also criticised the Citizenship Amendment Act saying it would “bring untold suffering to people across the country. It will damage, fundamentally and irreparably, the nature of the Indian republic. This is why they, and all citizens of conscience, demand that the government not betray the constitution.
Also participating in the Briefing via video link, Dr. Angana Chatterji, a scholar with UC Berkeley, slammed the crackdown in Kashmir since the Indian government revoked the Constitutionally mandated special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5. She shared that reports have documented the “inhumane treatment and torture of children, the elderly, and women; illegal detentions, including mass detentions; the denial of the basic needs of life, the curtailment of freedom of speech and movement, the falsification of social facts and their amplification by the state, and the closure of sacred places,” she said. “Cries of pain” of a torture victim were broadcast via a mosque’s speaker system. “State forces have raided homes, destroyed property and mixed food with kerosene, said Dr. Chatterji.
Raqib Hameed Naik, a journalist from Jammu and Kashmir said the ongoing lock-down in Kashmir was “one of the worst sieges in the last decade… Officially there are no restrictions, but unofficially the government has imposed an undeclared emergency.” Naik also disputed the Indian government’s claim that Indian troops had not killed any Kashmiris since August 5 when the state’s special status was withdrawn.
“Let me put it on record that, so far, we have been able to document five killings by security forces. The number could be higher, but due to communication blockade and severe restrictions on the movement of the press, we have not been able to get exact figures from the different parts of the valley.” Naik said he had met with “many minors” who were imprisoned “without charges”. 
The Congressional briefing was organized by three U.S.-based civil society organizations, namely, the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), Emgage Action, and Hindus for Human Rights (HfHR).
 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

14th Annual Reflections on Holocaust and Genocides

14th Annual Reflections on Holocaust and Genocides
Approx. 3:30 PM Sunday, January 27, 2019, | First Event at 2:00 PM
Jewish Muslim Perspectives on Mysticism at Islamic Society of the Washington Area
2701 Briggs Chaney Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20905 


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The Center for Pluralism and the World Muslim Congress are deeply committed to education and regularly bring Americans together to learn about each other’s joys and suffering. It is an initiative to build responsible civic societies, where justice and co-existence are our values.

The 14th Annual Holocaust and Genocides event is an effort to stand with all the men, women and children who have endured the apprehension of Holocaust, genocides, massacres, bombs, annihilation, land mines, hunger, rape, torture, occupation, and inhuman brutality.


The least we can do in the process of healing is to acknowledge everyone's pain in one voice. We have begun the process of coming together as one people and stand with each other, we are indeed one world and only humanity, and caring for each other bring safety and peace to all of us. I cannot be safe if the people around me are not, and I will not have peace if people around me don't. It is in my interest to seek a peaceful world for one and all.

There is a shameless cruelty in us, either we shy away from facing or refuse to acknowledge the sufferings of others, worrying that it will devalue our own or somehow it amounts to infidelity to our cause. We cannot justify massacres arrogantly believing that the victims deserved it or asked for it.

We have to learn and to acknowledge and reflect upon the terrible things we have inflicted upon each other and have to commit to ourselves to resist the temptations to be prejudiced and stereotype others. We cannot demand peace unless we are peaceful ourselves.

This particular date was adopted by the sixtieth session of the United Nations on November 21, 2005, “Resolves that the United Nations will designate 27 January as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.”  Our events are scheduled on Sundays to accommodate the Jewish community’s presence.

Our safety hinges on the safety of others around us, and it behooves us to work for the safety and security of others on this little planet. We have to be continuously aware of the Holocaust and Genocides and prepare us to avert such tragedies.

We are working on initiating a course on tolerance education, so one day; we all can learn to have a heart that opens to the pain of every human, yes, we can do that.

Bringing people to understand the suffering of people has been my drive, I must say that through this program, many non-Jewish people have come to know about the Holocaust for the first time. You can see pictures people from Atheist to Zoroastrians and everyone in between has been a part of this event. Moreover, everyone has shared a prayer in the past commemorations. We have to create the awareness to get people to become activists and speak up and Never say again.

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FIRST EVENT AT 2:00 PM
Program: Getting Closer to God: Jewish and Muslim Perspectives on Mysticism

Gabrial Abasi will speak on Selfless service and commitment to mysticism
Herb Levy is a teacher of Kabbalah
Andra Baylus will speak on the Sufi-inspired spiritual leader Meher Baba

Organized by: Jewish Islamic Dialogue Society
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SECOND EVENT AT - Approx 3:30 PM
Program: 14th Annual Reflections on Holocaust and Genocides

Holocaust
Syrian Refugee Crisis
Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing - Bob Marro,
Uyghur Chinese Muslims - Omer Kanat
Crimean Tartars - Walter Ruby
Organized by the Center for Pluralism

Supporting Organizations:

  1. Jewish Islamic Dialogue Society- http://Jids.org
  2. Islamic Society of the Washington Area - http://iswamd.org/
  3. World Muslim Congress - http://worldmuslimcongress.org/
  4. JAMAAT - Jews Muslims and Allies acting together
  5. Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
  6. Muslim Institute - Interfaith Studies & Understanding
  7. Uyghur Human Rights Project ( UHRP) -  UHRP.ORG
  8. Uyghur-American Association (UAA)  -  UAA.org
  9. World Uyghur Congress (WUC) -  Uyghurcongress.org
  10. Great Truth 
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The Center for Pluralism and the World Muslim Congress are deeply committed to education and relentlessly pursue building cohesive societies where no human has to live in apprehension and fear of the other.


Mike Ghouse
(214) 325-1916
http://holocaustandgenocides.blogspot.com  


Dr. Mike Ghouse is a public speaker, author, interfaith wedding officiant, executive director of the Center for Pluralism in Washington, DC. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day.  More at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeghouse/

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Holocaust denial is a serious moral affront

Dr. Mohammad Omar Farooq

Economist; Islamic finance expert; Educational management and consultancy

This post is particularly meant for my fellow Muslims. Others can deal with their perspective and conscience.
20th century became known, among other things, as the Century of Genocides. The number of casualty is placed around 187 million people globally, and no continent spared. As part of the humanity, we all should learn more about it, especially to prevent any such future genocides or its lesser version, ethnic cleansing. An excellent work is Samuel Totten, et al. Century of Genocide: Critical Essays and Eyewitness Accounts, 2004.
I am not aware of any genocide that has not been denied by some others. I have seen a genocide myself in 1971 in former East Pakistan, which is denied by some. Like any other genocide, denying the Holocaust or Nazi genocide of the Jews in particular is denying part of our humanity. One can talk about exaggeration, one can talk about specific numbers, one can talk about all the details, but Holocaust as a genocide particularly directed at the Jews is as true as the WWII. Shall we deny and claim that WWII also did not happen and it was just an invented historical narrative? As Muslims themselves are positioned now to be at the receiving end of the White supremacist, right-wing Islamophobia, let's not fall into the trap of the White supremacists, the perpetrators of the Holocaust and then the leading deniers of the same.
There are plenty of material used and presented by Holocaust deniers, but please do study and find if there has been any genocide that was not denied or questioned by some. People often confuse about the details with the event itself. Our conscience should prevent us from such blanket denial. Has Holocaust been used as a tool by some? Yes. Has it been used to cause persecution of others, especially by or on behalf of many victims of the Holocaust? Yes. But that should not cause us to deny the Holocaust itself.
Those who want to use Holocaust as a propaganda tool for the State of Israel also want to curtail the freedom of expression to challenge the Holocaust narrative. They want Holocaust denial to be illegal and a prosecutable offense. Criminalizing Holocaust denial is inappropriate and counter-productive, reinforcing the conspiracy theories further. Factually, such denial does not hold. Making such denial illegal only weakens the Holocaust narrative.
But more importantly, for the humanity Holocaust denial is a serious moral affront to all of us as part of the humanity and for Muslims it is inconsistent with the Islamic imperative too as affirmed in the Qur'an below. Let others deal with their prejudices, we are accountable before God for ours.
As Muslims, let's remind ourselves. "O ye who believe! stand out firmly for God, as witnesses to fair dealing, and LET NOT THE HATRED OF OTHERS TO YOU MAKE SWERVE TO WRONG AND DEPART FROM JUSTICE. BE JUST: that is next to piety: and fear God. For God is well-acquainted with all that ye do." [The Qur'an 5/Al-Ma'ida/8]

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Holocaust and Genocides Reflections - Plight of Rohingya

Please mark your calendars!

Event: 13th Annual Holocaust and Genocides
Date:  Sunday, January 28, 2018 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Topic: Holocaust and the Plight of Rohingya, what can we do?
Place:  TBA - It will be in DMV area.
Website: http://www.HolocaustandGenocides.com
Website: www.CenterforPluralism.com
email: RohingyaGenocide@aol.com

We invite you to attend, participate and support the event.  If you have difficulty in seeing these painful pictures, imagine the pain and suffering of the people who have gone through this, please have the courage to attend the exhibit of the sufferings of the people, and hope it will encourage you to be a peacemaker.   In the last 12 years, we have listed and mentioned almost all Genocides,   Massacres and ethnic cleansing events and have highlighted 20 such events. This year we have expanded the program to be a 4 hours symposium with policy makers and futurists to find solutions.

We must find solutions. Please send a 300 words abstract identifying the causes of such conflicts and the possible solutions. Once the abstracts are accepted, you will be asked to write a full blown article in the length of 1500 words for publication.


Thank you
Mike Ghouse
(214) 325-1916

THE PLIGHT OF ROHINGYA
Holocaust and Genocides Event



Event: 13th Annual Holocaust and Genocides
Date:  Sunday, January 28, 2018 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Topic: Holocaust and the Plight of Rohingya, what can we do?
Place:  TBA - It will be in DMV area.



The Rohingya people have nowhere to go, the terrorists among Buddhists are gang raping and burning them alive, and when they flee, India and Bangladesh as neighbors are not allowing them either, where do they go?

They are seeing their own killed and raped in front of their eyes, and one day, they will not be able to handle the pain, and will chose violence and the whole of Myanmar will be burning.  The world owes them relief and security and the sane people of Myanmar need to wise up and save their nation from a long term destructive path and endless chaos. Terrorism is like swine flu or other diseases and they spread through thin air and will affect every one every where. It behooves us to correct it now before it is too late.

I am pleased to advance a good idea that originally came from Sean Hannity, he had proposed safe zones in Syria where the refugees can live and breathe safely. This idea of safe zone is the best solutions for the world refugee problems.  No human wants to flee his motherland and no one should beg for his or her  life, and on one should have the right to evict people from their own homeland.

We must accept refugees for the short run, but not as permanent residents.  If we take them for good,  we will be legitimizing the oppressive regimes to continue to throw their native populations out. Indeed, we are giving them  permission to throw their own out.  We cannot let that happen.  Let people who belong to the land live in dignity, if their oppressive government is not doing a thing, we the community of nations needs to take that up.

The United Nations was formed to protect the vulnerable from destruction, it is time now for the United Nations to land their troops in Myanmar and secure the areas for the good of Myanmar.

There is a shameless cruelty in us; either we shy away from facing or simply refuse to acknowledge the sufferings of others.  

If we justify massacres arrogantly believing that the victims deserved it or asked for it, we need to examine our heads, for there is a criminal lurking in us and will eventually mess us up.


We have to learn to acknowledge and reflect upon the terrible things we have inflicted upon each other. We have to commit to ourselves to resist the temptations to stereotype others. We cannot demand peace unless we are peaceful ourselves.

Our safety hinges on the safety of others around us, and it behooves us to work for the safety and security of others on this little planet. We have to be continuously be aware of the Holocaust and Genocides and prepare us to avert such tragedies.

It is never the religion; it is always the bad guys in each religious group that are the problem. Hinduism does not teach to be violent killers, but there is tiny group of bad Hindus in India who are violent killers in the name of Hindu religion, the majority of Hindus need to speak out and stop the radicals from hijacking Hinduism.  Muslims and Jews are not suppose to kill a single life, but there are Jews and Muslims who are killing in the name of their religions, the majority needs to stop them from committing crimes in their names.  Of course the bad Christians have done so much destruction around the world, and now, the peaceful Buddhist have allowed terrorist among them to unleash violence against fellow Burmese who are not Buddhists.  They all are terrorizing innocent people.

Over the last 12 years, we have listed almost all Genocides, have talked about 24 Genocides and we will continue to learn to reflect on what we can do to say and do, "Never Again."



References:



Indian Government tells the Supreme Court of India not to interfere about the legality of the deportation. https://barandbench.com/fali-nariman-rohingyas-supreme-court/

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/718891#.WazwsUuuxkM.facebook





Mike Ghouse, President
Center for Pluralism, Washington, DC
(214) 325-1916 -Text | Mike@CenterforPluralism.com  

Dr. Mike Ghouse has dedicated his life to the mission of building a cohesive America. He is a pluralist, thinker, writer, activist, speaker (Pluralism, Interfaith, Islam, politics and foreign policy), interfaith wedding officiant and a news maker. He offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. More about him in 65 links at www.MikeGhouse.net

Pluralism Studies in Religion,Politics,Culture and Society


The Center for Pluralism is committed to building a cohesive America, where no American has to live in apprehension, tension or fear of the other. Our research, educational programs and actions are designed to bring Americans together in social, political, cultural and religious settings, the more we come together and learn about each other, the more we get immunized to divisiveness resulting in fewer misunderstandings and mis-perceptions between us. We believe knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to appreciation of the otherness of others. As we move forward, conflicts fade and solutions emerge.