Moroccan Man Brings Muslims and Jews Together in NYC
By Kimberly J. Avalos
New York – When Moroccan Simo El Aissaoui arrived as an immigrant in the US eight years ago, he was surprised to find a divide between Muslims and Jews.
In his country, Muslims and Jews enjoyed a long harmonious history together and he wanted to show Americans that it could be that way here too.
El Aissaoui partnered with an advocate for NYC’s Jewish community and began to bring together Moroccan Muslims and American Jews in a social club in NYC.
“What’s amazing about it is that there’s no political agenda, El Aissaoui said. “It’s nice to see people from different backgrounds get together and understand each other.”
Irina Tsuckerman, a human rights lawyer and advocate for the Jewish community in NYC, agrees on taking advantage of “what is possible when people see the humanity in one another.”
“Nurturing warm ties between people who have historically lived together in harmony is important as an example for others to see what is possible when
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