Muslim-Jewish goodwill blossoms in Morocco — | Jewish community donating land around ancient cemeteries to local farmers | Video

The High Atlas Foundationʹs fruit tree nursery project: Muslim-Jewish goodwill blossoms in Morocco — By Yossef Ben-Meir, director of the High Atlas Foundation Since 2012, the Moroccan Jewish community has been helping local farmers by donating land around ancient cemeteries for the planting of fruit tree nurseries. The aim: ending systemic rural poverty by transitioning…

All Moroccan Synagogues to be Renovated, Says King Mohammed VI — Green Prophet com

Morocco Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, Mayor of Fez and Secretary General of  Istiqlal Party Hamid Chabat, and security official at the inauguration of a restored synagogue in Fez. AFP Islamist Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane represented King Mohammed VI in an inauguration ceremony marking the completion of a 17th century synagogue restoration project in Fez yesterday….

Jewish pilgrims return to Djerba, Tunisia; Justin Bieber’s display of respect for Muslims — ~CGNews Community Corner~ at Common Ground News Service

Hundreds of Jewish pilgrims flock to the island of Djerba, Tunisia for an annual pilgrimage to Africa’s oldest synagogue. “ Brushing off any concerns, one visitor to the country, Emile Arki, said in this AP article published in the Washington Post, “what’s happening in Tunisia is exaggerated with an alarmist tone … We were well…

Inside the fault line of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – by Samia Moustapha Bahsoun and Brenda Naomi Rosenberg at CG News Service

(Samia Moustapha Bahsoun and Brenda Naomi Rosenberg are Co-Founders of the Tectonic Leadership Center for Conflict Transformation and Cross Cultural Communication, wwww.tectonicleadership.org) Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Spring Lake, New Jersey – Complex systems govern how tectonic plates interact and how pressure builds at their boundaries. By simply looking at the crack on the earth’s surface…

”Your Language Is My Language”: Ravid Kahalani’s Yemen Blues – Qantara de article on richness of Jewish and Arab-Muslim music

Ravid Kahalani is Israeli, but his family originally hails from Yemen. He and his group, Yemen Blues, explore the richness of Jewish and Arab-Muslim music, transcending national, ethnic and religious boundaries in the process. Lewis Gropp reports “Yemenite Jews have been living in Yemen since anyone can remember,” says Ravid Kahalani, singer and founder of…

Controversy on Jerusalem’s Tolerance Museum: The Middle East Conflict Fought Out on an Ancient Muslim Cemetery – Qantara de

Arab, Israeli, and Western archaeologists demand the cancelation of plans to build a Tolerance Museum in Jerusalem – a project that has already been hotly debated for years. Joseph Croitoru reports    Politically sensitive building and excavation projects have once again ignited controversy in the Holy City. One of the conflicts with an archaeological background…

Islam and Muslims on Judaism and Jews – by Mustafa Abu Sway

Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews) ***** JERUSALEM – Despite being in a protracted political conflict over the Holy Land that began around the advent of Zionism more than a century ago, Jews and Muslims have common historical roots, as well as theological commonalities.  Our common roots go beyond the Abrahamic tribal constructs. Abraham himself…