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"We should stand together – Jews, Muslims and Christians"

George Deek* | 02.12.2014

When I walk in the streets of my home town Jaffa, I am often reminded of the year 1948. The Alleys of the old city, the houses in Ajami neighborhood, the fishing nets at the port – they all seem to tell different stories about the year that has changed my city forever. One of those stories is about one of the oldest families in this ancient city – the Deek family – my own. … [more]

The Language of Interfaith Conversation

JW Windland* | 01.12.2014

Mindful interfaith language expresses our common humanity, builds relationships of respect and trust, and pursues peace. … [more]

"Show me the path of life"

Jean Duhaime | 01.11.2014

The Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal has held its 35th annual Christian Commemoration of the Shoah on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Trinity Memorial Church. This event brought together Jews and Christians, on Holocaust Remembrance Day (known as Yom Hashoah in Hebrew), to commemorate the approximately six million Jews and one million others who died in the Holocaust during World War II. … [more]

In Memoriam Father Bernard Dupuy, OP (1925-2014)

Murray Watson* | 01.11.2014

ICCJ's French member organization, the Amitié Judéo-Chrétienne de France (ACJF), has lost of its honourees. Father Bernard Dupuy, who died on October 3, 2014, had, together with Chief Rabbi René Samuel Sirat, received the ACJF’s Prize in 1998, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Amitié judéo-chrétienne de France. … [more]

Perfect Storm

Reuven Firestone* | 02.09.2014

We are experiencing the perfect storm for violence between Jews and Muslims in Israel/Palestine. It’s the convergence of certain factors in religion, which when combined with the particular political impasse there cause many religious Muslims and Jews to see the conflict as religious, existential and life-threatening. This encourages a high tolerance for brutality in the name of religion, which then heightens the perception of impending destruction – which in turn encourages increased brutality. … [more]

“Secularity - opportunity or peril for religions?”

Alexandra Hawryluk | 01.05.2014


What intrigued me was the theme of the Aix-en-Province conference: “Secularity - opportunity or peril for religions?” In the spring of 2013, at a conference on Religion and Canadian Public Discourse at McGill University in Montreal, participants were asked to think about how we’re “Bridging the Secular Divide”. Both themes seemed to be suggesting that the differences between those, who are saying that the public square is no place for religion, and those who are encouraging people to bring their religious values into the public square, might be too great to be reconciled. … [more]

Who Are the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem?

Malcolm Lowe | 01.05.2014

There is no individual or group that is empowered to act as "the voice of Palestinian Christians." It is not "the Palestinian Christians" but just one or two individuals who pen those public statements, even if these appear under a title that can vary from the respectable ("Heads of Churches") to the preposterous ("Kairos Palestine"). The only worthwhile question is whether the message is composed in a truly Christian spirit or is merely political agitation clothed in theological verbiage. … [more]

"Confusion of spirits" - a sequel.

Maximilian Gottschlich | 01.04.2014

This article is a reply to the article by Reuven Firestone:
A Confusion of Minds? An Objection

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The Problem of Blasphemy Laws

Rabbi Reuven Firestone | 01.04.2014

Last week I was in Pakistan. What was a Jew doing in Pakistan, you might ask? Many of my own friends begged me not to go. “A Jew in Pakistan?” they asked. “There are no Jews living in Pakistan. Shi`ites and Christians and Baha’is and Ahmadis are all in trouble for their lives in Pakistan. Why do you want to go there? You will be taken hostage. You will be killed!” … [more]

A Confusion of Minds? An Objection

Reuven Firestone | 03.03.2014

This article is a contradiction to the article by Maximilian Gottschlich:
A Confusion of Minds. Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

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