This is an account of three weeks spent in Israel and the Occupied Territories talking to
activists and volunteers engaged in initiatives to foster cooperation and understanding
between Israelis and Palestinians. Interviews in the article include: with the Siraj Centre
who run walking tours in the West Bank and along the renowned Abraham Peace Trail;
Yesh Din who investigate infringements of personal and property rights experienced
by Palestinians in the Occupied Territories; The Greenhouse at Kibbutz ein Shemer,
where Israeli and Palestinian youth collaborate in conducting scientific, ecologically
based experiments; Neve Shalom where Jews and Palestinian Arabs have been living
together for fifty years; Derech Hachlama whose volunteers drive Palestinian families
with sick children from checkpoints to Israeli hospitals; and others. Within the context
of the Netanyahu government’s increasingly hard-line approach to the Palestinians of
the West Bank and Gaza, the unsung story of this intrepid band of warriors for peaceful
coexistence deserves telling.
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