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How Omar Sharif Worked for Religious Tolerance

posted on July 13, 2015

For The Forward, Benjamin Ivry writes, “The greatest achievement of Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, who died on July 10 in Cairo, may have been to prove that simple nonchalance may be the best path for mutual tolerance between religions.” For instance, Sharif drew ire from the Arab press and Jewish film fans for kissing Barbra Streisand in the 1968 film “Funny Girl.” He simply responded, “Neither in my professional nor private life do I ask a girl her nationality or religion when I kiss her.”

Read at The Forward