New Zealand Jewish Council calls for success for Islam Awareness Week

August 22, 2016 Agencies
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President of NZJC Stephen Goodman has sent a message to the Federation of Islamic Association of New Zealand at the beginning of the Islam Awareness Week.

Stephen Goodman

Stephen Goodman

The New Zealand Jewish Council wishes the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand success for this year’s Islam Awareness Week, which has the theme “Dialogue and peaceful co-existence.”

“Dialogue and peaceful coexistence are important for the whole of New Zealand society as well as for the minority religious communities who live here,” said New Zealand Jewish Council president Stephen Goodman.

Jews share with Muslims the difficulties and pain of being stigmatised in this country for activities of co-religionists outside New Zealand’s shores.

Dialogue, and helping other Kiwis understand our religions and lifestyles, is the best way to overcome ignorance and prejudice, and this is what Islam Awareness Week will help achieve, Mr Goodman concluded.


5 Responses to “New Zealand Jewish Council calls for success for Islam Awareness Week”
  1. Jan Waller says:

    A great example of Jewish goodwill, but not right for a political ideology that wants to take over the world and causes jews and christians to flee or die. Being kind and graceful is fine but to wish them success is to partner with the enemy.

  2. Allan Ong says:

    This is a great act of goodwill, and to love thy neighbour as you love yourself, being raised to a higher standard in love thy enemy, and to bless those who curse you and do good to those who do you harm, is taking the high ground to Muslims… However while we condescend to descend to the pits of intolerance and hatred espoused by Islam, I believe that our genuine demonstrations of love and compassion of the true G-d must not give way to willful blindness and ignorance as to the ideology that drive the conscience of Muslims all over. While not all Muslims ascribe to its beliefs, as not all Jews conscientiously adhere to Judaism nor all Christians to the teaching of Christ, we cannot be dismissive of the fact that there are some, particularly among the leadership of Muslims, who do. Let us be as innocent as dove but as wise as serpents in this matter. Shalom.

  3. Shirlee Finn says:

    Don’t tell me we have apologist Jews still in the ghetto in NZ too.

  4. peter bolot says:

    I read with interest Stephen Goodman’s message to the Federation of Islamic Associations in NZ
    In my opinion while the intent is worthy one section causes me concern and requires correction

    “Jews share with Muslims the difficulties and pain of being stigmatised in this country for activities of co-religionists outside New Zealand’s shores ”

    Yes it is true that Stepehen’s co religionists (Jews ) have been guilty of some awful atrocities but thse have been few and the perpertrators caught and punished

    But there is absolutely no comparison with the hundreds of thousands killed in the name of Islam in Yemen, Lebanon , Syria , Turkey ,Iraq , Pakistan , Afghanistan ,France , Germany , Spain , UK , Australia , USA and on and on – and of course Israel
    And the messages are still coming from countless mosques around the world encouraging these actions and encouraging the killing of Jews

    To suggest soem sort of cpmparability is ridiculous, odious and entirely unwarranted

    Peter Bolot Jerusalem

  5. Eleonora Mostert says:

    Yeah right! Until the Muslims stab you.

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