MK Yehuda Glick is hosting a new interfaith dialogue program at the Knesset called the Shdoola in order to help promote Jerusalem as a city of peace for all nations throughout the world: “Out of Jerusalem, a message of peace went forth and shall yet go forth again to all of the inhabitants of the earth.”
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In an exclusive interview with JerusalemOnline, MK Yehuda Glick introduced the Shdoola, a new interfaith dialogue program that he leads. The Shdoola promotes dialogue between Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders in the city of Jerusalem: “When I came to the Knesset, there was no lobby that dealt with religious dialogue between Jews and Muslims to talk about various issues. When we started to talk, we found that all believers in G-d have similar beliefs. There are so many things in common between the religions and when there is no dialogue, you get the feeling that Islam and Judaism are totally opposite religions.”
MK Glick related that we are living in a special era when the Jewish people are returning to the land of Israel: “The fact that there are Christians and Muslims is part of the redemption process. As much as we can promote that message, it is so important. We must talk to each other, listen to each other and see eye to eye. We will speak about peace, Jerusalem and what this means in the different religions. It is important to establish dialogue groups like this around the country.”
Soon in Ramle, MK Glick will be holding a dialogue group together with imams and rabbis in order to discuss how issues can be solved by using dialogue instead of force: “G-d’s name is shalom (peace). G-d wants each nation to be different and to worship differently but to believe in G-d. It is symbolic that we are doing this in the 50th year since the reunification of Jerusalem.” According to MK Glick, the biggest enemy of the free world is those who think of G-d as exclusive and not as inclusive: “When we understand that, we know that the greatest victims of radical Islam are Muslims.” He noted that in the last 70 years, 12 million Muslims were killed by Muslims and emphasized that all of us have an obligation to fight against those who in the name of G-d murder others.
According to MK Glick, so far, not a single Arab MK has joined his Shdoola but the person who represents 400 imams across Israel, the head of the Shariah Court in Israel and the Interior Ministry representative who represents all of the religious communities across the country are participating: “We have started on top and we hope to have the message passed down till the bottom. In 2016, we had 45 Israelis killed but we are not living now in a time of terror every day. There were days when you could not go on a bus or to a restaurant. Now, we have our security forces that are protecting us. The mass majority wants to be moderate and will jump on something like that if it is exists. The Temple Mount should be a house of prayer for all of the nations. Our goal is to have Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the Temple Mount as a house of prayer for all nations.”
In the framework of the Shdoola, MK Yehuda Glick is promoting a Jerusalem Covenant, which stressed that Jerusalem is not only Israel’s eternal capital city but a city that sends out a message of peace for all of the nations: “Out of Jerusalem, a message of peace went forth and shall yet go forth again to all of the inhabitants of the earth.” MK Glick believes that from the Temple Mount, peace will be ushered in around the world: “We have hundreds of thousands of people signing this covenant. This is something we are trying to promote via the caucus. We have a city that symbolizes peace. We can get Jews, Christians and Muslims to unite around Jerusalem being a city of peace. That is why we called it jerusalemofpeace.com. 100,000 so far have signed it. This is our mission in this generation.”