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A collective responsibility and a moral and historic commitment

Beate Klarsfeld | 01.02.2016

Remarks given on the occasion of the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, Wednesday, 27 January 2016, International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. … [more]

A continuous call to reject anti-Semitism

Monsignor Janusz Urbanczyk | 01.02.2016

Statement for Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27, 2016) of Monsignor Janusz Urbanczyk, Permanent Representative of the Holy See at the 1086th meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered on January 21, 2016. … [more]

A living question mark

Clare Amos | 01.12.2015

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of Nostra Aetate, one of the shortest but conceivably among the most influential of the major documents to come out of the Second Vatican Council. Its promulgation in October 1965 was controversial, and its appearance was therefore delayed. When it was finally published, its scope had been enlarged. It was no longer a document focused solely on Judaism and Jewish-Catholic relations; it also included brief reflection on other non-Christian faiths, especially Islam. … [more]

Why We Read from Isaiah on Yom Kippur

Ron Kronish | 02.10.2015

In synagogues all over the world, we Jews will read a very important chapter from Isaiah in a few days, on the morning of Yom Kippur, on the purpose of fasting, which reminds us quite clearly that the goal of fasting is not just the ritual itself but "to lock the fetters of wickedness, and untie the cords of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, to break off every yoke, to share your bread with the hungry, and to take the poor into your home, when you see the naked, to clothe him and not to ignore your own kin." (Isaiah 58; 6-7). … [more]

ICCJ's Address to Pope Francis

Philip A. Cunningham, President of ICCJ | 01.09.2015

Your Holiness, Pope Francis, it is a great honor for me to present to you the 250 participants in the 2015 meeting of the International Council of Christians and Jews. … [more]

Burning of Churches in the Jewish State? Impossible!

Ron Kronish | 02.07.2015

Is it really happening? Are we actually witnessing the burning of churches and mosques on a regular basis in the Jewish state? Impossible! It can't be happening! … [more]

Letter to a Jewish friend

Mohammed Khallouk | 01.06.2015

This summer a remarkable book will be published in Germany's prestigious publishing house "Rimbaud Verlag". It is a travelogue written by the political scientist Mohammed Khallouk, born in Morocco and living in Germany, in which he describes the impressions and experiences of his first visit to Israel. The very special charm of his travel report stems from the fact, that it is written by a Muslim who shows an impressive openess that gives the text a convincingly authentic character. The travelogue ends with a "Letter to a Jewish Friend" that Khallouk wrote after his return from Israel. JCR proudly presents this letter below in an English translation.
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The Future of Christians in the Middle East: A view from the Holy Land

David Neuhaus* | 01.06.2015

Christians in the Middle East must be ‘a voice for justice, peace, pardon, reconciliation and selfless love’, writes David Neuhaus SJ from Jerusalem. The fear that dominates the experience of many Christian communities can only be overcome by understanding, dialogue and faith, he says, all of which are necessary to maintain the Christian presence in the Middle East.[more]

Beware of simple answers!

Frank-Walter Steinmeier | 01.05.2015

Speech by Federal Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the University of Tunis El Manar, 24.01.2015 … [more]

Faith and Secularism. The New Global Context. A European Perspective

Pinchas Goldschmidt* | 01.04.2015

The twentieth century was the most secular century in history, and it was the bloodiest ever recorded. Two secular ideologies, National Socialism and Communism swept the European continent. National Socialism was destroyed by the Allies and Communism imploded peacefully. The West built a secular post-Christian society, where religion was relegated to the back burner. … [more]