Simon Wiesenthal Center
Medal of Valor Award
Presented to H.E. KH. Abdurrahman Wahid
LOS ANGELES and WASHINGTON, May 7, 2008 — “As much of the world clamors for a moderate Muslim voice to speak out against extremism and violence in the Middle East and globally, Indonesia’s first democratically elected President, His Excellency Kyai Haji Abdurrahman Wahid, last night outlined his views on promoting peace by exporting pluralistic and tolerant forms of Islam to the Middle East.
“‘Rather than view Israel and Jews through a politicized lens of religious hatred and violence, we must help Muslim populations—not only in Palestine, but throughout the Arab world—rise to embrace a profoundly spiritual and tolerant understanding of Islam, and a humanistic attitude towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,’ said President Wahid.
“President Wahid’s comments came during a rare visit to the United States to accept The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Medal of Valor for his leadership of the LibForAll Foundation and his efforts to combat Holocaust denial in the Muslim world.” ~ Reuters/Los Angeles Times
From left to right: Rabbi Abraham Cooper, C. Holland Taylor and Rabbi Marvin Hier, standing behind H.E. KH. Abdurrahman Wahid