Special Newsletter – July 2014

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SPECIAL WISDOM WINDOW
 
JULY 2014

 Hamzah Latif (Muslim) Ariana Mentzel (Jewish) and Brenda Rosenberg (WISDOM Advisory Board member) were inspired by the brave and loving mothers of the slain Israelis (Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel) and Palestinian (Mohammed Abu Khdeir)  to create a joint fast day: July 15th, a fast day for Muslims (Ramadan) and Jews (17th of Tammuz) as people united against violence. We want to call on everyone: our Christian, Buddhist, Bahai, and people of all faiths  to unite and speak out against  violence, not only  in Israel, Palestine, but and all the world.

 

We call on all people of good faith to end violence in Israel, Palestine, and all the world. Please join us and the mothers of the slain Israelis (Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel) and Palestinian (Mohammed Abu Khdeir) on a joint fast day: July 15th, a fast day for Muslims (Ramadan) and Jews (17th of Tammuz) as people united against violence.
We were inspired by these brave and loving mothers who came together to comfort each other, and the Palestinian visitors who mentioned an initiative spearheaded by Jews and Muslims to transform July 15, the Jewish fast day known as 17 Tammuz, into a joint fast day for people who wish to express their desire to end violence in the region.

 

Please read this inspiring article below!!

Families of Slain Israeli and Palestinian Teens Turn to Each Other for Comfort
Rachel Fraenkel Touches Hearts With Open Door Policy


The families of murdered Israeli teen Naftali Fraenkel and murdered Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir are drawing comfort from an unexpected source: each other.

Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat took to Facebook on Sunday to write about an “emotional and special telephone conversation between two families that have lost their sons.” He said that during his visit to the Fraenkel family home, he had a chance to speak to Hussein Abu Khdeir, Mohammed’s father, and express pain at the “barbaric” murder of his son.

Barkat then suggested that Abu Khdeir speak to Yishai Fraenkel, the uncle of Naftali Fraenkel who recently told the press that “the life of an Arab is equally precious to that of a Jew. Blood is blood, and murder is murder, whether that murder is Jewish or Arab.” The two men took Barkat’s advice and comforted one another by telephone.

In a separate visit organized by Rabbi Rafi Ostroff, chair of the religious council of Gush Etzion, Palestinians from the Hebron area showed up at the door of the Fraenkel family, looking to comfort the bereaved.

Asked why they had come, one Palestinian said, “Things will only get better when we learn to cope with each other’s pain and stop getting angry at each other. Our task is to give strength to the family and also to take a step toward my nation’s liberation. We believe that the way to our liberation is through the hearts of Jews.”

He later said that the visit went very well from his perspective. “They received us very, very nicely. The mother [Rachel Fraenkel] was incredible.”

“I see before me a Jewish family who has lost a son opening the door to me,” he added. “That’s not obvious. It touched my heart and my nation.”

The Palestinian visitors also mentioned an initiative spearheaded by Jews and Muslims to transform July 15, the Jewish fast day known as 17 Tammuz, into a joint fast day for people of both religions who wish to express their desire to end violence in the region.

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