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Sunday, June 7 • 09:30 - 11:00
Killing Infidels? Attitudes to Goyim? Damnation!

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This session explores how Muslims, Jews, and Christians relate to people who don't share their beliefs, both in practice and in sacred texts. There is something in the Quran about Jews being turned into pigs and apes, in the Torah there are teachings about non-believers being like thorns in your sides, while Christianity seems to have space in heaven for only certain believers. To what extent are contemporary behaviours and attitudes derived from sacred texts?

Presenters
avatar for Ahmed Abdo

Ahmed Abdo

Ahmed is a Sydney born Sheikh, a scholar and respected teacher of Islam. After ten years studying Islam in Yemen he returned to give back to “his people”, the people of Western Sydney. He is currently volunteering as a chaplain for the NSW Police. He is Maha Abdo’s son.
avatar for Taha Allam

Taha Allam

Taha is a Lebanese Muslim from western Sydney, now studying medical science. As a teenager despite his parents’ teachings to the contrary, Taha had prejudice towards cultural and religious groups different to his own, triggered by stereotypes, and isolation. Since Taha was exposed... Read More →
avatar for Zalman Kastel

Zalman Kastel

Zalman Kastel grew up seeing people mainly as “us & them”, as a white, male Chabadnik Jew in racially divided Brooklyn. Since 2002, he has directed Together for Humanity, a Muslim, Jewish, Christian organisation fostering acceptance, and respect. Muslim-Jewish-Western relationships... Read More →
avatar for Greg Lake

Greg Lake

Greg used to manage Immigration Detention Centres. As he got to know the people he detained, his attitude towards the 'other' changed. Confronting his own prejudices, he resigned from the department and now campaigns for a greater understanding of the human stories behind the headlines... Read More →
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Donna Jacobs Sife

Donna Jacobs Sife has been involved with Judaism as a teacher, performer, writer and contemporary interpreter with regards to creative, spiritual and ritualistic expression for 20 years. One of Australia’s leading storytellers, her considerable reputation is built upon her multi-cultural... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 09:30 - 11:00 AEST
Ritchie Theatre