The universal root to nurture Israeli-Palestinian peace

Originally printed in The Christian Science Monitor, August 17–24, 2015.

In a rare case of finding common cause, thousands of Israelis and Palestinians gathered August 1 in rallies and protests. They took to the streets a day after suspected Jewish terrorists set fire to a Palestinian home and burned a toddler to death, presumably to expel more Palestinians from the West Bank and expand Jewish settlements.

The loss of the child was enough for people on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide to rise up and affirm a basic tenet of their Abrahamic faiths: Innocence is a blessed right and must be protected. 

This moment of unity should not be forgotten. It reflects a search by many religious leaders, whether Jewish, Islamic, or Christian, to define the core doctrine of these sibling Abrahamic religions and help their followers find peace with each other.

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