Special Series: Religious Leadership in the Arab-Israeli Conflict - 2010
by Bishop Munib A. Younan
In the first article in CGNews’ special series on the role of religious leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan, President of the World Lutheran Federation describes the pivotal place of religion as a positive influence in the public sphere and urges religious leaders to play a prophetic and constructive role in the current peace negotiations.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 1 October 2010) 
by Deborah Weissman
Dr. Deborah Weissman, President of the International Council of Christians and Jews says Inter-religious dialogue must become a key feature of any peace talks. In our second article in the CGNews series on religious leadership Weissman explains the crucial role for religious leaders in creating a culture of peace.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 1 October 2010) 
by Oded Wiener
In the third article in CGNews’ series about the place of religious leadership in the Arab-Israeli conflict, Director General of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel Oded Wiener suggests that a shared belief in one G-d should serve as a moral compass that could lead the people of the region to condemn violence and pursue a path of peaceful coexistence. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 14 October 2010)
by Ghassan Rubeiz
In our fourth article in the series on the role of religious leaders in the Arab-Israeli conflict, Arab American commentator Ghassan Rubeiz encourages religious leaders to shed some of their preoccupation with protecting their faiths from the forces of change and focus instead on moral empowerment and promoting peace. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 14 October 2010)
by Daniel Sperber
In our sixth article about the role of religious leaders in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Talmudic scholar at Bar Ilan university Daniel Sperber considers the challenges to liberal religious leaders from two opposite extremes: secularisation and religious fundamentalism. Sperber suggests that leaders of different faiths work together to find ways to galvanise the passive but moderate majority in each respective religion. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews) 28 October 2010)
by Hanna Siniora
In our fifth article on the role of religious leaders in the Israeli-Arab conflict, Hanna Siniora of the Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information discusses the exploitation of religion to achieve political gains and urges religious leaders to intensify their efforts to spread religious values of peace, understanding and coexisting with others. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews) 28 October 2010)
Women of Tunisia: Let your voices be heard!

The women of Tunisia have a decisive role to play in shaping Tunisia's future. Fatma Ben Saïdane reminds women of the power of their vote and the importance of civic engagement.
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