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Jakarta Post

Historic challenge for Abrahamic religions

  • Dino Patti Djalal
    Dino Patti Djalal

    Former Indonesian ambassador to the US, founder of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI)

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 5, 2019   /  10:15 am
Historic challenge for Abrahamic religions Condolence: Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) international relations chairman Muhyiddin Junaidi (left), Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan (center) and MUI deputy chairman Yunahar Ilyas (right) hold a press conference to address recent shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

The recent attack by a white supremacist in Christchurch, New Zealand, revealed to us what the most extreme form of Islamophobia can be. The terrorist had reportedly developed a burning hatred of the growing number of Muslims that he saw as “invading his land”. Analysts have pointed out that if this could happen (of all places) in New Zealand, it could happen anywhere. The rare attack was also a manifestation of the historic “Abrahamic” problem. Relations among the Abrahamic religions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism remain fraught with negativity, tension and hostility. At times they do result in oppression, discrimination and persecution. This should not surprise us. In the past 2,000 years, there has never been a century where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived in total peace worldwide. In each century, at least two or all three of the religions’ ...

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