American Jewish Committee Global Forum 2017 in DC



American Jewish Committee Global Forum 2017 in DC

The American Jewish Committee Global Forum of 2017 in Washington DC was attended by more than 70 countries where Brazil was represented by a large group.

The opening where the importance of not behaving as a minority was discussed.

“WE MUST PERCEIVE THE JEWISH PEOPLE AS A DYNAMIC MEMBER OF SOCIETY, TO SEE THE STATE OF ISRAEL AS A FORCE OF JEWISH IDENTITY, BUT NOT AS SOMETHING THAT DEFINES AND LIMITS IT, WE EXPLORE THAT WE CAN NOT CONFUSE OUR JEWISH IDENTITY, BASED ON VALUES, WITH OUR POST-WAR EUROPEAN HERITAGE AND IDENTITY. “

Dr. Daniel Gestler, lawyer representing the Brazil-Israel Association.

The afternoon ended with a beautiful prayer divided between a Rabbi and an Imam with a message of love. And as David Harries put it well: it is not a question of tolerance, but of respect.

The evening began with the smashing of Ramadan at the Indonesian embassy, and ended with a rich conversation with Tahera Ahmad, a Muslim descended from Indians and Iraqis, who organized the Islamic youth movement at Chaplain University, sharing their grief at seeing the debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is increasingly less rational and more extremist.

“PRECISELY BECAUSE THEY ARE GROUPS WITH FEWER INDIVIDUALS AND THEREFORE WITH LESS POLITICAL REPRESENTATION, I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR LEADERS TO DEBATE TO ENSURE THE RIGHTS OF MINORITIES.”

Rabbi Ovadiah Tank, Foreign Relations of the World Jewish Confederation.

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