Condolences for Indonesia

January 6, 2010 by J-Wire
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Following the  death of former Indonesian President Abdurraham Wahid last week, the  Australia/Israel&Jewish Affairs Council Executive Director Dr. Colin Rubenstein conveyed   sincere condolences  to his family and the Indonesian people.

Abdurraham Wahid

“We feel very privileged to have known such a courageous  leader,  reformer, humanist and   towering figure in the promotion  of harmonious co-existence between diverse peoples,religions and nations. He was a principled defender of minority rights, a powerful voice for democracy and a leading international promoter of an inclusive and tolerant Islam.Interfaith dialogue, involving  Jews and all other faiths, was both a mission and a passion, right up until his death.Abdurrahman Wahid’s life was an inspiration to all  who strive for constructive social action in the cause of reconciliation and human rights,”Dr. Rubenstein said.

” And the Jewish world,including Israel which he visited several times and admired, certainly viewed him as an outstanding personality  and a very good friend”,Dr. Rubenstein said.

“We share in the  mourning for this great man at this  sad time  .We are  confident,however, that his  memory will long be an source of encouragement and hope  to all  of those millions of admirers in Indonesia and around the world  profoundly  touched by the  countless good deeds and bravery of this champion of human decency,”  Dr. Rubenstein concluded.

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