Late Night Encounter – Muhammad from Jericho meets Abraham from Jerusalem at the Lido cafeteria just north of the Dead Sea
It was 1:30 am, on a still and quiet winter’s night. I lay awake in my Jericho home, nervous and restless. I couldn’t sleep. I had been trying for hours but it was useless.
Eventually, I got up and headed to a coffee shop, where one of my friends works, north of the Dead Sea. The small cafeteria called Lido is connected to a gas station and acts as a stopover for travellers and visitors passing through. It is a place fully secured and controlled by the Israeli authorities. continue reading…
Coronavirus lockdown – Israelis and Palestinians at the Dan Hotel Jerusalem
The guests arrived from many walks of life — Israeli Jews, Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel, Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, religious, secular — but all had one thing in common: They were among thousands of COVID-19 patients that Israel quarantined in hotels throughout the country. … continue reading and watch video
Israeli and Palestinian fathers bond together through a shared grief
Rami Elhanan is Israeli and Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. They formed a deep bond through the tragic death of their daughters. In 1997 Rami’s 14-year-old Smadar was shopping with friends when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and killed her and four others. In 2007 Bassan’s ten year old daughter Abir was shot with a rubber bullet by a member of the border police outside her school.
Now Rami and Bassam are part of the Bereaved Parents Circle and travel together all over the world telling their story: ‘We are brothers. We have experienced the same. We lost our lovely daughters. Smadar and Abir are victims of the same conflict. Both of them were not guilty of anything and they were killed for nothing…it will not be over until we talk’….continue reading
“How can there be peace without people understanding each other, and how can this be if they don’t know each other?” Lester B. Pearson, former Prime Minister of Canada, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
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