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REPORT: Unity and Forgiveness - study day and launch of new Galilee group, Majd El Krum, 30 January 2003

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  • Yehuda Stolov
    Unity and Forgiveness - study day and launch of new Galilee group Majd El Krum, 30 January 2003 The conference Love Your Neighbor as Yourself that was held
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      Unity and Forgiveness - study day and launch of new Galilee group
      Majd El Krum, 30 January 2003


      The conference "Love Your Neighbor as Yourself" that was held by the
      Interfaith Encounter Association in Akko in December. It was funded by the
      United States Institute of Peace (USIP) to whom we are deeply thankful.
      One outcome of that conference was the establishment of a new on-going
      dialogue group in the Galilee.

      The launching study day took place in 30 January, at Sallam School in Majd
      El Krum, with some 60 participants - Jews, Muslims, Christians and Druze
      - and was moderated by Ms. Njiba Sirhan, the schoolmistress. After warm
      welcome greetings by the Mayor Mr. Muhammad Kinan, we heard the Muslim
      presentation from Sheikh Muhammad Kiwan, Imam of Majd El Krum and Chair of
      the Interfaith Encounter Association. Sheikh Kiwan spoke about the
      responsibilities of the human in front of God, to himself, for peaceful
      relations with his or her neighbors, and even animals and plants. Part of
      these responsibilities is not to hurt the feelings of others and to be
      forgiving if hurt by them.
      Then the Christian perspective was presented by Fr. Jirias Qasis, Head of
      the Greek Orthodox community in Jdeide, through the story of Joseph who
      became a victim of his brothers' hatred but despite his sufferings, when
      he was in the position to pay them back he did not do so but forgave and
      embraced them. Finally, Yehuda Stolov, the Director of the Interfaith
      Encounter Association, presented the Jewish view through the verse the
      forbids hatred in heart and recommends confronting the one who harmed you
      in order to start a dialogue process that will lead to reconciliation. The
      scholars of the Talmud, followed and summarized by Maimonides, developed
      this short recommendation into a well defined detailed procedure.
      We were happy to host also Mr. Elias Gabour of Shfaram and Mr. Ghantus
      Ghantus of Sachnin who greeted the participants.

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