The highlight of the summit was the condemnation of terrorist acts committed in the name of religion.
Every three years, public figures around the world gather for the summit, which is chaired by Mr. Nazarbayev, president of Kazakhstan. Debates are held, after which terror motivated by religion is condemned. During the conference, the media reports widely on the important values of peace and tolerance, which every religious leader at the conference espouses, as a measure against terror organizations that seek to recruit innocent people to their ranks.
At first, there was concern that religious controversies would arise during these summits, but over time it has been clear that its only objective is to give believers religious freedom and while maintaining the security of citizens by promoting the objectives of peace and tolerance and denouncing terror.
Among those present were the Chief Rabbi of Kazakhstan Rabbi Yeshayah Cohen and Israel’s Sephardic ChiefRabbi Yitzchak Yosef. Rabbi Cohen reported that such activities have made Kazakhstan a positive symbol and example to other countries and leaders around the world of how to deal with the threat of recruiting regular citizens to terror organizations. To prevent this from happening, world leaders should publicize denunciations of terrorism by religious leaders.
In his speech, Rabbi Yosef quoted extensively from the Torah on the importance of peace and avoiding religious terror. His speech received many positive responses in the Kazakh media, including from President Nazarbayev himself.
While he was briefly in Kazakhstan, Rabbi Yosef visited the Chabad institutions. At the Beit Rachel Chabad Lubavitch shul, he met with the leaders of the Jewish community, headed by philanthropist Alexander Mashkevitz and the country’s shluchim.
At the meeting, Rabbi Yosef showed support for the community and gave the gift of a Siddur with a personal dedication to the new shul that has just opened in Karaganda and was sponsored by Mr. Mashkevitz. He also expressed his admiration for the shluchim of Kazakhstan and thanked shliach Rabbi Shmuel Karnauch for greeting and hosting the members of the delegation.