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News items for 2006-August

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2006-AUG-24: Afghanistan: The Canadian International Peace Project (CIPP) successfully restored the Shah Mardan Mosque in Andkhoi, Afghanistan. The "80 year-old mosque, that was once the center of activity and society in the village" and will become the focus again. The CIPP reported:

"....the project attracted support from Canadians of all backgrounds including Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs as well as secular Canadians. The students of Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School, a founding member of the CIPP, initiated the fundraising campaign for the project. The Christian and Muslim communities of Branford held a joint fundraiser which brought together these two communities for the first time. Other Canadians, including senior citizens from several Canadian churches, sent in letters of support and donations for this project.

The CIPP is a novel and unique non-partisan organization that has brought together diverse groups and individuals to work on issues and projects relating to local, national and international peace, security and development . Through partnership on events and projects, the CIPP fosters mutual respect and sustainable relationships among diverse groups including those in conflict with each other. 1


2006-AUG-27 (week of): USA: Inter-faith meetings: There appears to be an upsurge in the frequency of inter-faith meetings involving Jews, Christians and Muslims. Two examples were:


A tri-faith panel met at a Catholic Church in Harper Woods, Detroit, MI. The title was "Are You As Confused About The Middle East As I Am?" Present was Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations - Michigan Chapter (CAIR-MI); Sharona Shapiro, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee; and Reverend Daniel Buttry of International Ministries. They discussed what the Holy Land meant to each of them. 2


About 20 Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders met at the Long Beach Police Department. Referring to the attack of the Jewish Federation Offices in Seattle during July and recent attacks on mosques in San Diego, Lt. Joe Levy said:

"We've found that whenever we have had incidents like those in Seattle or San Diego, it generates a lot of fear in the Jewish community and the Muslim community," the lieutenant said. "We wanted to take a proactive stance on the issue. ... We thought the best way to calm any fears and to have all the communities work together to ensure their safety was to hold the meeting." 3

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Reference used:

  1. "Afghan Project," Canadian International Peace Project, at: http://www.canadianipp.org/

  2. Aatif Ali Bokhari, "Interfaith dialogue held on Mideast," The Arab American News, at: http://www.arabamericannews.com/

  3. Tracy Manzer, "Leaders meet to promote peace. LBPD creates a forum among religions," PressTelegram.com, Long Beach, CA, 2006-SEP-02, at: http://www.presstelegram.com/

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Latest update: 2006-SEP-02
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