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HOPE not hate

Day of Solidarity

posted by: Solutions Not Sides | on: Monday, 10 July 2017, 15:17


Following the attack on Finsbury Park Mosque on the 18th June, here at Solutions Not Sides we wanted to show our solidarity with the Muslim Community. During our recent Berlin tour, SNS Assistant Director, Jess, and our Israeli peace activist, Michal, decided to join our Palestinian peace activist, Yasser, and hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world, in fasting for a day during Ramadan.

We aimed to raise £400 for HOPE not Hate, to support the extremely valuable work that they do challenging and defeating the politics of hate and extremism within local communities, building resilience against the politics of hate and extremism within local communities, and fighting extremism of all types. We believe in their ability to fight the kind of hate that was involved in the attack.

During our Day of Solidarity in Berlin, we wanted to show that no person, nor group of people, nor community should have to fear for their lives or fear for their dignity, and certainly not during such an important time. The Muslim community’s generosity and empathy stands directly in contrast to the hate, racism and fear that the attacker chose to embrace.

Whilst in Berlin, we were also extremely privileged to visit Wald-Gymnasium School, where we got to work with several Syrian and Palestinian Refugee students, alongside their German counterparts. These students brought fascinating insights on the Israel-Palestine conflict and future prospects for peace in the region. This visit coincided with World Refugee Day, which for us, further highlighted the importance of standing in solidarity with people from all over the world, and the tremendous amount we can gain from listening to, and engaging with, those whose experiences have been so different from our own.

We are incredibly grateful to the students and staff that made us feel so welcome and engaged so enthusiastically on World Refugee Day, and to HOPE not Hate for the admirable work they continue to do.



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