By Tamara Zieve, Published in The Jerusalem Post, February 10, 2015

A shi’ite Lebanese cleric has extended an olive branch to Jewish and Christian leaders around the world with a message of  non-violence.

 Sayyed Muhammad Ali Husseini, secretary general of the Arabic Islamic Council, took to Facebook on Sunday to warn of the dangers of religious extremism.
“We call on rabbis, priests, cardinals and Muslim clerics, Sunni and Shia, to play down the verses, the scriptures, the traditions and the religious texts that call for violence, because they are more dangerous than nuclear weapons,” he wrote at the beginning of a long message.
These messages are part of  a larger social media campaign for peace and co-existence: Husseini’s Facebook page is filled with messages in Arabic, Hebrew, English and French preaching non-violence. Among these is  a condemnation of the deadly attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Husseini describes the paper’s satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad as “ignorance,” which he sees as an opportunity to explain to the world “the personality of the Prophet Mohammad and his universal message for all of humanity…”

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