Germanic countries reluctant to global vaccination see Austria announce on November 12, through its chancellor A. Schallenberg, the confinement of non-vaccinated people. His argument posed a strange framework, to say the least: “The majority of the population, who were right and protected themselves, must also be protected now. I do not see it confining itself in solidarity with the minority of the unprotected” (Le Monde). Are we to understand that those who have been vaccinated, and therefore protected, are not?
Numerous demonstrations are taking place in Leipzig, Salzburg… In Hamburg, on the Christmas market, a barrier is going to separate the vaccinated from the non-vaccinated so that the latter can eat Bratwurst and drink mulled wine in the food stalls (RTL Germany). These divisive policies cannot bring a normal balance to our countries. Do democracies suffer from the imposition of these health pressures on the population? Health decisions underlie unprecedented fundamental losses of freedom (Le Monde – HuffingtonPost).
How to explain that a 4th wave of COVID would only affect the non-vaccinated? In Switzerland, many EMS deplore an outbreak of mortality while these pensioners were vaccinated twice (Le Matin). The 3rd dose is envisaged…
In many countries Israel, United Kingdom, Singapore, Iceland… the more the populations are vaccinated the more the cases increase (Le Dauphiné – Radio Canada), what should we think?
On November 14, 2021 in Geneva, the Day of Inter-Knowledge gathered nearly 450 people. This gathering of people of Jewish and Muslim faiths allowed them to share knowledge and reflections. The Interfaith Platform of Geneva (PFIR) is a non-profit association created in 1992. It currently brings together 22 communities and associations called collective and associate members, representing most of the religious sensibilities present in Geneva: Catholic, Orthodox, Reformed and Lutheran Christians, Quakers, Sunni and Shiite Muslims, liberal and traditionalist Jews, Hindus, Buddhist communities, Baha’is, but also atheists who are sensitive to the issues of cultural diversity in our society.
The PFIR is not a religious organization: it is open to all, the human dimension, the respect of the convictions of each and everyone, has been running through all the messages and activities of this association for over 25 years.
The charter of the association is based on fundamental values, such as
to practice a benevolent dialogue in a spirit of openness,
to implement the values of peace, solidarity and partnership that unite us,
to develop a social ethic and build a base of common and intergenerational actions in order to contribute to the “better living together”,
to promote a common and public voice that conveys these values.
Hafid Ouardiri, responsible for the PFIR and this exceptional day, speaks of a “very strong moment, while the Jewish and Arab communities are often perceived as “enemies”, people did not hesitate to go towards each other, in a totally peaceful atmosphere”.
A unique day of sharing, open to all, proposed in the two symbolic places of the Great Mosque and the Great Synagogue Beth-Yaacov of Geneva).
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