The history of cooperation and cohesion between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East and North Africa is oft overlooked.
Held by Al-Akhawayn University, and co-sponsored by the Israel gap-year program Kivunim, it was guided by the student-based group Mimouna Club.
The last Holocaust conference was held in 2006 in Tehran and greeted frostily as a mechanism for anti-Semitic propaganda promulgation.
The ethos was aptly captured by participant, Aaron Weinberg:
Jewish history is not: ‘They wanted to kill us; we won; let’s eat!’ There are forces within our community that are trying to undermine those of us who are trying to build bridges between peoples.
Fear of the other is what guides conflicts – religious, cultural and political difference orbit around otherness like malevolent satellites, guiding and deteriorating relations.
Understanding and remembrance are central to cohesion and through such initiatives new, positive relations are nurtured.