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Letter: Interfaith dialogue on Gaza conflict

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Letter: Interfaith dialogue on Gaza conflict
Fargo ND 101 5th Street North 58102

Interfaith organizations throughout the country face a challenge in dealing with the Israel-Gaza conflict because different members may favor different sides in the conflict. The directors of the Center for Interfaith Projects (located on Broadway in downtown Fargo) represent many different faiths in the F-M community, including Judaism and Islam. We are committed to promoting understanding and respecting differences. We have decided to endorse a statement similar to one formulated by the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council that was recently published by the Interfaith Center at the Presidio (California):

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“As events continue to unfold in Israel and Gaza, we in different faith communities are grieved by the human cost and suffering occasioned by the current conflict. While members of one faith community may lean more toward support for Israel or for Gaza, together we know how important it is for us to maintain connections and dialogue with one another, especially when some would polarize the debate and end discussion.

Regardless of our individual stances, we share a recognition of our common humanity and the conviction that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must cease, that there is no violent solution to that conflict, that all human life is valued, and that all parties must cooperate to achieve a just and lasting peace on behalf of all people who reside in the land many of us call holy.”

Myers is executive director, Center for Interfaith Projects. Also signing this letter, members of the board of directors: Sister Andrea Arendt, Brandon Baker, Elizabeth Birmingham, Fauzia Haider, Rick Henderson, Ahmed Kamel, the Rev. Sue Koesterman, Phil Mouch, Mary C. Struck, Trish Tallakson, Willard Yellow Bird Jr.

Myers is executive director, Center for Interfaith Projects. Also signing this letter, members of the board of directors: Sister Andrea Arendt, Brandon Baker, Elizabeth Birmingham, Fauzia Haider, Rick Henderson, Ahmed Kamel, the Rev. Sue Koesterman, Phil Mouch, Mary C. Struck, Trish Tallakson, Willard Yellow Bird Jr.

Myers in from Moorhead.

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