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Israel, Gaza and Palestine - what hope can our faith traditions offer?

Archbishop Michael Jackson in conversation with Rabbi Yoni Wieder, Communal Rabbi of Ireland Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri, Chief Imam of Islamic Centre of Ireland

Thank you both for joining me, representing as you do two traditions that are very well established with such good working relations in Irish society. I hope we can avail of those good relations to discuss the matter on the minds of all of us at this time - what’s happening in Israel and Gaza.

In that you are both faith leaders, I wonder, could I ask: how do we consider our faiths, which all stem from the Abrahamic tradition, as leading to peace rather than to the opposite of peace? Shaykh Umar, would you like to say something in relation to that: faith and peace rather than the opposite, within the context of Abrahamic identity, as well as more specific identity?

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Archbishop Michael Jackson

Archbishop Michael Jackson

Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough, Chairman of the Network of Inter-Faith European and North American Concerns, and co-chair of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission with the Chief Rabbis of Israel.

Yoni Wieder

Communal Rabbi of Ireland.

Shayk Umar Al-Qadri

is Chief Imam of Islamic Centre of Ireland.