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Repairing the broken hearts of both Jews and Muslims

Although my speech focused on the need for Jewish-Muslim dialogue, it was painfully clear: For too many older Jewish Americans only one thing matters- the fight for Israel’s preservation. Too many in my community have given up on dialogue altogether.

“We had such high expectations (for peace with the Palestinians),” an elderly woman lamented while referring to the failed 1990s Israeli-Palestinian peace process. “Our hearts are broken.”

More than cynicism was at play: Many in the congregation were afraid. My grandparents' generation has been hurt and let down so many times in the past, With Rabin and Arafat in the 1990s and with Abbas and Netanyahu today. Many older Jews are afraid to take a chance again. As one congregant said, his voice choked up: “Israel is a tiny country surrounded by one billion (Muslims). Israel isn’t looking for friendship. Israel is looking for survival.”

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Added: Apr-9-2012 Occurred On: Apr-9-2012
By: aydeo
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Tags: Jewish-Muslim dialogue, Repairing, Broken hearts
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  • Very nice article- He tries to explain what is standing behind both Jews and Muslims when they try to encounter each other: He goes here on 2 subjects, The fear of the Jews from another failure of peace attempt with the Arabs (last time it ended with hundreds of suicide attacks and thousands of rockets), and the hardship of being a Muslim in today world, with all the phobia against them.

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  • imagine if there was no religion....

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  • WORDS ON A SCREEN.

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  • is it wrong that i find the jew hot

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  • All people I know who married muslim women ended up with divorces. Too many restrictions in their culture. One of my friends married a muslin woman (Hui). Everytime when he and his son wanted to eat pork they had to eat out, not letting wife know it.

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  • Another delusional rant from some extreme leftist.
    Someone please send him a copy of the PA and Hamass Charters!

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    • @Nurb
      The problem is Islamic intolerance.
      There could be peace, if the Arab Muslims wanted it.

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    • @Freejay

      Palestinians want peace, but not YOUR Zionist peace process, that means ditching who we are.

      What needs to happen, is the dismantling of Israel, and ONE state for all. This will never happen, with idiot RIGHT WINGERS like yourself.

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    • @mphatik

      What you offer is not peace as well- you actually offer that one side will disapeer in order to have peace between the sides...LOL!!

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    • @esauistheend

      Will you stop with this shit already.

      Fake or not- people are still fighting and trying to live with each other. This is NOT fake.

      Take your fake comments elsewere

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    • @esauistheend

      I'm going to agree with Esauisteend to a degree, not completely.

      The "Arabs" that live within Israel are only there for work. It's because they cannot find any on our side of the line.

      He is referring to "fake" as in Bedouins from the desert who work for the IDF, at check points, or military details. Yes they are Arab, but they are not "struggling" like the rest.

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