Jacob Bender: A Jewish Leader Of The Council On American Islamic Relations

jacob_benderOctober 23, 2013 – Segment 2

We meet filmmaker and activist Jacob Bender. He recently became the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chapter of CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations. Jacob Bender, who is Jewish, is the highest ranking non-Muslim in the Washington-based organization, and the first to lead one of its chapters.



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  1. Jacob Bender is well known and respected in Jewish, Muslim and Christian circles.
    He is part of a religious minority that has been discriminated against in Europe and
    and America even until today. Jewish civil rights organizations have not only fought
    for their rights for the rights of others as well. Mr. Bender continues this proud tradition
    of his people.

    Christians, Jews, and Muslims are meeting in this neutral environment called the
    USA with new found mutual respect. Religious traditions are under attack by the
    society which is becoming more and more secular (technological) and are trying
    to replace religiosity with nationalism or spritualism. They need each others support.

    Jews call Jerusalem the City of Peace, Christians call Jesus the Prince of Peace, and Muslims call Islam the Religion of Peace. Unfortunately there is no PEACE in that part
    of the world where the Religions of Peace originated.

    So, if our religious counterparts are not following the tenets of their traditions which promote peace then it is incumbent on us to do it over HERE! And, hopefully we will have some influence over THERE.

    P.S. My wife is Christian and I have more than a peaceful relationship with her.
    My cousins are married to Jews and I am very much at peace with them. My religion
    teaches me that.

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