PM Netanyahu meets with East Asian and Israeli religious leaders

From the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs PM Netanyahu meets with East Asian and Israeli religious leaders Copyright: GPO/Haim Zach PM Netanyahu met today with East Asian religious leaders who are in Israel for the first interfaith conference organized by the … Continue reading

Meet the Jewish doctor who saves Palestinian attackers and the Muslim doctor who saves Jewish victims

This article first appeared in the Washington Post From left, Ahmed Eid, head of surgery, and Elchanan Fried, head of the Intensive Care Unit, at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem on Thursday. (David Vaaknin/For The Washington Post) By William Booth … Continue reading

Hundreds of Jews and Arabs Rally Arm-in-Arm for Peace in Israel

Article originally appeared in Good News Network Nearly 1000 Jewish and Arab residents joined seven mayors from different municipalities to form a human chain north of Israel, calling for coexistence and condemning violence. They lined up along the road in … Continue reading

The Pursuit of Middle East Peace Through Interfaith Relations

Though awash in news and media full of the Gaza War, there are constant occasions and efforts at harmonious interfaith relations in the region that are less known, but more hopeful. In 2012, a Palestinian-owned tree-processing plant in close proximity … Continue reading

The Israel-Gaza Conflict’s Impact on Inter-Religious Relations

The constancy of war, and the unavoidable fact that religious elements often are present, attest to a need for interfaith knowledge and awareness. An important question to ask in this interfaith context is “How much should interfaith partners keep the focus … Continue reading

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Dutch Mosque Groups Stand Up For Interfaith Relations

In response to incidents of anti-Semitism in Europe connected to the Gaza war, The Council of Mosques and the Union of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands called upon their congregations to champion respect and tolerance. A spokesperson for these Dutch mosque groups explained that they were not trying to ban or forbid criticism of Israel, but that they simply were insisting that even strong opinions  “should not be a license for anti-Semitic or anti-Muslim statements or actions.” The spokesperson also said, “all mosques in Netherlands are in agreement about that our behavior should encourage relationships of brotherhood between Islam and Judaism.” This is hopeful.

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It is to be expected that the tragic reality of the Gaza war will give rise to passionate opinions.  We pray desperately for peace and healthy life environments for all in the Holy Land.  In the mean time, we laud affirmations made by the Council of Mosques and the Union of Moroccan Mosques Netherlands. May their call be heeded. As these groups follow the clear Islamic principle to honor Christians and Jews, “people of the book,” tied together “by a common belief in the God of Abraham.” We pray that all world religions find ways to emphasize our common hopes for good and make small the effects of our differences. It is possible to live as champions of this ideal even in common activities of our day to day lives.

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Interfaith and Extremism: IS, Mosul, Gaza

There are intensely anti-human, anti-God forces in current news. Human horror is being perpetrated in the name of religion. For this reason, this essay departs from the systematic explanation of effective interfaith activism in this series. This is a time of emergency, … Continue reading