TEL AVIV, Israel (CNS) — As interreligious and political tensions escalated in Israel, especially in Jerusalem, more than 80 Jews, Christians and Muslims gathered at the home of a U.S. diplomat to celebrate an American tradition: Thanksgiving.
Deputy Chief of Mission William Grant hosted the Nov. 20 event and highlighted the many initiatives working for increased dialogue and tolerance within Israel. He told those present they must stand against anyone who blindly targets members of a particular religious, racial or ethnic group.
“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars,” he said, quoting the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Each guest’s place setting included a little information about the American feast of Thanksgiving.
Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders gave traditional blessings before the meal.