Yesterday, the sad day on which the coffins of two Israeli soldiers were returned to Israel, an interfaith dialogue conference sponsored by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia began in Madrid. Ari Alexander, co-founder and co-Executive Director of Children of Abraham, an international organization dedicated to the promotion of dialogue between Jewish and Muslim teenagers around the world, is sending updates from the conference to the Mixed Multitude blog. The first post is here. Particularly interesting is Ari Alexander’s report of a conversation he had with the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in Bahrain, which demonstrates the power of one-on-one dialogue.
UPDATE: Apparently the conference ended on a bit of a sour note with an argument about Zionism between Ezzeddin Ibrahim, an adviser to the president of the United Arab Emirates, and Rabbi Marc Schneir, North American chairman of the World Jewish Congress. See the article on this at Reuters.