Robert Harush, a 58 year old Father of four, is a Jewish businessman who had made a fortune in European real estate. He grew up in the Southern city of Ashkelon, but has been residing in France with his family for the past 10 years. Despite leaving his hometown, he divdes his time between both countries and has embarked on various business ventures there.
The mayor of Montereau, a city near Paris, recently approached Robert, who informed him of his difficulties in financing the renovation of a large mosque in the city.
“I told myself ‘here is an opportunity to bring the people together’ and decided to donate the money,” Harush said. “People were dumbfounded. What does a Jewish-Israeli man have do to with refurbishing a mosque? The answer is simple: I’m sick and tired of the hatred. A sane voice must emerge.”
Harush explained that he built the mosque in order to promote co-existence. “It wasn’t a cheap venture but I did with all my heart.”