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Call for Application EVZ Foundation Award for Jewish-Muslim Solidarity

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    Civil Society in the US and Europe witness a virulent climate in politics. The rise of nationalistic, illiberal, and racist ideologies and movements emerges as a disturbing fact. Antisemitism and anti-Muslim hate continue to have a central role in the repertoire of these hate groups. Therefore, Jews and Muslims are particularly affected by this climate. These developments at the same time jeopardize our democracies and the rule of law.


    Prejudices and bias are widespread in all social milieus. Antisemitism and anti-Muslim racism are not marginal phenomena that can be reduced to specific groups. Like the majority can harbor biased emotions against minorities, religious minorities may do so against one another. Fear and distrust can prevail among minorities, also due to their vulnerability and negative experiences.


    Alliances between Jews and Muslims can be seen as one strategy to counter ideologies of inequality. By solidarity actions, we can raise a different narrative in the societies that are increasingly polarized and divided. Muslims and Jews can protect their rights and (religious) freedoms better if they ally. Through encounters, joint solidarity actions or projects, new perspectives can be opened up, and mutual understanding created, which also strengthens the democracy as a whole.


    The Award

    EVZ Foundation and Kreuzberg Initiative against Antisemitism (KIgA) want to award inspiring individuals, initiatives, projects, or organizations from the grassroots level, which take actions of one of the following natures:


    • Jews and Muslims come together for tackling or resolving an issue affecting both communities;
    • A Muslim or Jewish community/ individual/ organization supports the enhancement of the conditions of the other minority;
    • Jews and Muslims find means to go further in understanding each other than a dialogue meeting (e.g., music, art, literature, community work, youth project, etc.)


    The Award, an unconditional donation of € 5.000, will be awarded to one actor from Germany and one from the US at a ceremony in November 2019




    This call for applications targets grassroots actors in Germany and the US. In this sense, the candidates of the award should meet the following requirements:


    The candidates should

    • be individuals; initiatives; or small-scale non-profit or not-for-profit organizations (with maximum three full time or equivalent combination of part and full-time employees);
    • be based in Germany or the US;
    • have activities with the potential for being multiplied in different localities and giving inspiration to other people;
    • are active or have been active in 2018;
    • the activities follow a participatory approach for both communities involved.




    Candidacy Process

    If you think you know any organization or individual that takes actions within the scope of the Award and complies with the above criteria, please fill out the attached form to back any initiative propose your own initiative as a candidate. Please cite PCDN as the source of the posting in your application.   Please send us the completed form until July 14, 2019, to


    Suitable candidates will be evaluated by a Transatlantic Working Group of Jewish-Muslim Cooperation, which is facilitated by KIgA and the Inter Jewish Muslim Alliance (IJMA). Based on this evaluation the EVZ Foundation will choose the two winners, who will receive their awards at a ceremony in November.



    Application Form

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