Pope and Grand Imam of Al-Azhar meet in Abu Dhabi as 700 religious leaders gather for Conference of Human Fraternity.
Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich, said that Jews and Muslims have lived together for thousands of years, in comments on the sidelines of a major interfaith gathering in Abu Dhabi. He is one of several rabbis – including Rabbi Marc Schneier, founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding – attending the event, according to local reports and sources.
“It was only in the past century that we came on this tremendous tension,” Schudrich said to UAE’s The National. “Let’s diminish the tension.” He said that there is a small and vibrant Jewish community in the UAE today. “This is something that was not obvious three to five years ago.” He participated in a panel on promoting peace and celebrating diversity.
“There is a wrong stereotype that we use that says different religions can’t speak to each other, that a Jew can’t talk to a Muslim,” he said. But in fact, all these different religions can sit together, he said, according to the report.