Congratulations to Magdi Allam, one of four journalists to be awarded this year's Dan David prize by Tel Aviv university for 'his ceaseless work in fostering understanding and tolerance between cultures' (With thanks: Lily).
It is a fitting occasion to revisit Allam's seminal piece Arabs without Jews: roots of a tragedy (scroll down). Allam wrote it just after seeing Pierre Rehov's film about the Jews expelled from Arab countries, The Silent Exodus.
A Muslim born in Egypt and raised in Italy, Magdi Allam is one of the leading journalists in Italy today. He is Deputy Editor of Corriere della Sera, one of Italy's leading newspapers, and an Arab and Islamic affairs commentator.
An author as well as a prolific journalist and editor, he has consistently spoken out against extremism and in favour of tolerance. He is one of the leaders in the fight for coexistence between civilizations, asserting, "A positive dialogue with moderate Islam is both possible and necessary".