Budo for Peace, an Israeli NGO dedicated to coexistence, was recognized for its ‘outstanding contribution to peace in the world using the power of sport’ at the 2018 Peace and Sport Regional Forum in Greece.
When does fighting contribute to fostering peace? When it’s part of an Israeli-run martial arts program that trains young Jews and Arabs in Israel, the Palestinian Authority territories and the wider Middle East.
The group’s nomination for the Peace and Sport Award followed its February 2018 annual international seminar, which included 80 international senseis (teachers) and 800 Jewish and Arab youth martial-arts representatives from as far afield as Iran and Greece. Continue Reading »
WATCH: In a rarely seen example of such diversity and unity, Israel again proves that those who seek bonds of friendship can even pray together, unhindered by political rhetoric.
By Arutz Sheva Staf
On Thursday evening two emergency response dispatchers from United Hatzalah went on their shift break and took time out to pray in the break-room. Both responders prayed their evening prayers but they were of two different religions. Working side by side as dispatchers, helping volunteers of all religions save the lives of all people from all backgrounds in Israel, allowed them to feel comfortable praying alongside one another in the same room at the same time. Continue Reading »
For the Muslim couple from the village of Sulam in northern Israel, Muhammad and Aida Masarwa, the study of Kabbalah, Torah, Jewish thought, and liturgical poetry came easy, noting, ‘We were surprised to discovered that our Jewish classmates didn’t know more about Judaism than we did!’
By Shahar Hay
Last month, a diverse class of 36 graduate students from the Ono Academic College received an MA in Jewish Studies, among them Muhammad and Aida Masarwa, a Muslim couple from the village of Sulam in the north.
Their classmates—a group dominated by ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox Jews—warmly embraced them throughout their years of study together. Continue Reading »
REPORT: The community center in the Christian-Arab town of Beit Jala near Jerusalem has come under attack by BDS activists for ‘holding joint yoga sessions between Arabs and Israelis.’
By Tal Polon
An Arab community center has itself become the target of the BDS movement for holding joint activities with Israelis.
0404 reported that a community center in the Christian-Arab town of Beit Jala near Jerusalem became an object of rage for BDS activists, who claimed that the center had held joint sports activities for Israelis and Arabs.
BDS causing havoc to Palestinian families for political gains – 600 Palestinian workers were fired when SodaStream relocated factory due to BDS demonstrations.
Dr. Wisam al-Jamal is one of many Palestinians whose story is rarely seen in the international media, but is far more commonly seen in Israel, acknowledging that Jews and Arabs do live and work together in peace.
By Israel Today Staff
You won’t see this reported in the mainstream media, but stories of coexistence like this are not at all uncommon.
Dr. Wisam al-Jamal’s story is probably ignored by the press because he’s not afraid to tell the truth – that Jews and Arabs can live together in peace, and that rather than discriminate against and oppress him, Israel provides him with opportunity and dignity in his profession. Continue Reading »
Global educational watchdog reports Israeli textbooks teach peace as the ultimate goal, while Abbas’ PA approved Palestinian schools encourage conflict and jihad, ignoring any possibility of peace with Jews or Israelis.
By Israel Today Staff
Two recent studies have found that while the Israeli school curriculum makes a great effort to promote peace between Jews and Arabs, the Palestinian Authority school curriculum is doing the exact opposite in violation of signed peace agreements.
UK Labour funds play of Gaza Children incited to Kill Jews – Screenshot, YouTube
Both studies were conducted by IMPACT-SE, and organization that “monitors and analyzes education across the world to determine compliance with international standards on peace and tolerance.” Continue Reading »
Veiled Palestinian women, ultra-orthodox Jews wearing black kippot (skullcaps), families, Jewish & Arab pushing strollers with excited children came to watch what was named, the “Jerusalem Double.”
By Daphne Rousseau
Jerusalem (AFP) – The Israelis and Palestinians were facing off in Jerusalem again — but this time they actually seemed to be enjoying each other’s company.
Dozens of Israelis and Palestinians, gathered at a historic former train station in the divided city for a backgammon tournament on August 31, 2016 – Photo: AFP Photo/Gil Cohen-Magen
Dozens of Israelis and Palestinians, some dressed in yarmulkes on their head or headscarves, gathered at a historic former train station in the divided city on Wednesday night for a backgammon tournament. Continue Reading »
Referring to the newly opened mall in Gush Etzion, Knesset Member Moalem-Refaeli called on the Palestinians in the area “to come and see what the State of Israel can give you. Come and enjoy the Israeli economy.”
As Palestinian terror in Israel continues, coexistence is threatened, as more & more Jewish patrons are afraid to allow Arab workers near their homes, drive them in taxis, or perform personal services.
By Gad Lior and Telem Yahav
With the continuation of the wave of terror which has swept across Israel, recent months have seen the rise of a phenomenon in which Jewish clientele specifically request only Jewish workers in a myriad of services.
Arab construction workers [Illustrative] – Photo: Shaul Golan
Particularly in the wake of the terror attack in Tel Aviv’s Sarona market which left four dead and 16 wounded , the phenomenon threatens the livelihood of thousands of Arabs and, consequently, Jewish-owned business which employ them.
After condolence meetings with the families of Palestinian terrorists, Arab MK was not permitted entry into President Rivlin’s meeting with over 60 Arab leaders, Finance Minister & Israel’s Social Equality Minister.
By Itamar Eichner
Joint List MK Jamal Zahalka has been refused entry to the President’s Residence because of his meeting with families of terrorists.
Arab MK Jamal Zahalka at Israel’s Knesset- Photo: Alex Kolomoisky
“While unfortunately, there are those, individual Knesset Members who seek to cynically and maliciously sabotage our ability to establish trust between us (Jews and Arabs), nevertheless we are here today because we believe in our path,” Rivlin said at the meeting. Continue Reading »
Yale University lecturer with Phd from Al Azhar University in Cairo, Sheikh Omer Salem, says Muslims are the Jews’ protectors, and vows the Temple Mount will return to Jewish hands.
By Tsvi Sadan
Olam Katan (Small World) is one of many religious newsletters distributed in synagogues throughout Israel each Friday. It is the last place one would expect to find an interview with Yale University alumnus Sheikh Omer Salem who visited Israel last week. Salem’s December 26 lecture in Haifa University was heckled by an Israeli Arab student who just couldn’t stand a sheikh speaking on behalf of Israel. Continue Reading »
They are not just refusing to be enemies, the three 20 yr-olds, all of whom are disabled, share an apartment in Israel and have become best friends.
By Noam Barkan
They live together in the same apartment, they cook together, do their supermarket shopping together and go out to restaurants together, and won’t let any obstacle stand in their way – not even religion. If we could learn from them how to live together in harmony – an Arab, a Druze and a Jew, all youngsters – we would already have achieved peace.
Naji, Mohammed and Maor live together happily in spite of their different backgrounds.
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