May 24, 2013
"This country does not fit the description of an apartheid state," says author Qanta Ahmed in visit to Israel.
DR. QANTA AHMED speaks at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem Photo: Deston Productions
British author Dr. Qanta Ahmed spoke on Wednesday at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem about the difficulties for minorities in Islamic societies and how Israel is the only country in the Middle East that tolerates them.
The event was organized by Alan Schneider, director of the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem, and cosponsored by the Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity as part of their joint Liaison Committee forum.
The forum serves as an informal initiative aimed at fostering better mutual respect and understanding between local Christians and Jews.
Ahmed is a British sleep-disorder specialist working in New York State, whose parents came from Pakistan after moving there from India.
She visited Israel for the first time and gave a lecture at the symposium on Wednesday evening dealing with radicalization and minority persecution in the Islamic world.
The rise of political Islam that has been particularly pronounced as a result of the Arab uprisings is a threat to minorities and to Muslims who do not agree with the ascendent radical ideology, Ahmed said.
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