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Jewish-Islam Dialogue, the way forward?

July 2, 2012

Thursday, March 26. 2009

Jewish-Islam Dialogue, the way forward

Friends of Al-Aqsa welcomed an invitation from the Islam-Jewish Forum in Finland, to discuss ‘Jewish-Islam Dialogue, the way forward.’

Ismail Patel attended the one day seminar on 25 March 2009 as a key-note speaker and presented his views on the need for greater communication and cooperation between Jews and Muslims around the globe; based on shared histories and convictions.

The event was a great success and drew a crowd representing cross-cultures. Leading figures from the Jewish community attended including Israel’s Ambassador to Finland.

Other panellists and speakers included: The leader of the Jewish community, Mr Dan Kantor; Dr Anas Hajjar and Dr Tuoman Mrtikainen.

The shared view was clearly the belief that faith leaders play a pivotal role in conflict resolution; and that the Israel-Palestine issue was a major source of conflict and disharmony between the communities. The speakers called on members of all communities to morally and ethically explain their position on the issue.

The gathering was a great opportunity for dialogue and communication on an issue that concerns many people around the world.

Friends of Al-Aqsa is a UK based non-profit making NGO concerned with defending the human rights of Palestinians and protecting the sacred al-Aqsa Sanctuary in Jerusalem. This vision is supported by various international groups and organisations. Friends of Al-Aqsa was first established in 1997 and now has an international support base.

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