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The Last Word: Under the same sun

The Last Word: Under the same sun Categories: Asia, Interfaith Dialogue, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

Book-ended by beautiful Jewish and Muslim religious chants and a presentation on the wisdom of the late Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur), the participants had a unique opportunity for open, honest, informed and passionate exchange of wisdom, opinions and knowledge. This remarkable session was towards th

Opposition to protections from racist harassment and bullying “is ill-conceived, ill-informed and ill-timed”

Opposition to protections from racist harassment and bullying “is ill-conceived, ill-informed and ill-timed” Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Interfaith Dialogue, Updates     Author: Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones, Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council's Director of Community and of International Affairs, who has unparalleled experience in the operation of the Federal Race Discrimination laws, has responded to comments by a number of cross-bench senators who have called for the abolition

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The Last Word: Family ties

The Last Word: Family ties Categories: China, Interfaith Dialogue, International Jewry, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

It was mid-afternoon, mid-Ramadan. Other than one sleeping traveller, and a handful of workers, the mosque complex in Kaifeng, Central China, was deserted. It was an eerily quiet place in an otherwise bustling, noisy city. I had come to the mosque with an energetic, enthusiastic member of one of th

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The Last Word: Opening Eyes Categories: Australasia, Interfaith Dialogue, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

When any of my discussions turned to the subject of the current tensions and prospect for a better future for Israelis and Palestinians, condemnations of the obsessive Israel-bashers in the West were passionate and consistent and often contained the same advice - let people exposed to crazed anti-Is

The Last Word: Rights and a Wrong

The Last Word: Rights and a Wrong Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

The Festival of Chanukah, which this year was celebrated in early December, has come to be identified with the concept of religious freedom. In many communal and public candle-lighting ceremonies, this theme was dominant, with the right to worship freely celebrated and restrictions on this freedom

The Last Word: A Date to Remember

The Last Word: A Date to Remember Categories: Australasia, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

October 28, 1965 is a date which should be respected and honoured. It was on this day, at the meeting of the Second Vatican Council, that the Catholic Church adopted the declaration Nostra Aetate, effectively acknowledging that close to two millennia of teaching of contempt towards Jews had brought

The Last Word: A Unique Gathering

The Last Word: A Unique Gathering Categories: Europe, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

Visiting the new POLIN Jewish Museum in Warsaw can be a challenging experience. In the heart of the destroyed ghetto, a site of immense evil, of persecution and deprivation, a walk through its many impressive exhibitions is a walk in the company of ghosts. With cultural, historical and political re

The Last Word: The beginning of a new era?

The Last Word: The beginning of a new era? Categories: Asia, Australasia, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

There is a wonderful Indonesian celebration known as Hallal bi Hallal. Shortly after the end of Ramadan, Indonesian Muslims, and their guests, gather to strengthen interpersonal bonds and make peace with each other, just as during Ramadan they had been concentrating on their relationship to, an

Voices of Dialogue and Hope

Voices of Dialogue and Hope Categories: Antisemitism, Interfaith Dialogue, International Jewry     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

This June the American Jewish Committee (AJC) hosted its annual Global Forum conference in Washington DC, bringing together leaders and commentators to grapple with the defining challenges of our time in Jewish and Israel affairs - including rising antisemitism, the anti-Israel boycott, prospects fo

The Last Word: In the Spirit of Gus Dur

The Last Word: In the Spirit of Gus Dur Categories: Asia, Interfaith Dialogue, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

On a sunny mid-winter's afternoon in Jerusalem, a group of travellers stopped a passerby and asked for the direction of Mecca. After a brief, friendly exchange, the men and women began afternoon prayers - in Yad Vashem, Israel's Museum and Monument to the victims of the Nazis' genocide. Later, those

The Last Word: Religion and Conflict

The Last Word: Religion and Conflict Categories: Asia, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

The words were delivered in a matter of fact manner. The speakers were calm, rational, authentic and authoritative.The information the two men shared was spine-chilling. Both were from the Central African Republic. One Christian, one Muslim, each committed to their faith and to the well-being of the

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The Last Word: Poisonous Cocktail

The Last Word: Poisonous Cocktail Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

Melbourne-based academic researcher Mark Lindsay highlighted an important element of Christian antisemitism and provided a clue to understanding one of the key obstacles to a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian issue, on the ABC's "Religion & Ethics" website.  Lindsay's reflection was pr

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