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II. Seeking Peace Bulletin

Issue #4
OCTOBER 2001

BEDOUINS, ISRAELI AND AMERICAN JEWS LEARN TOGETHER

Givat Haviva ran a successful program this summer for a group of Israeli Jews, Bedouins, and American Jews. The program was comprised of 11 Israeli teenagers from kibbutzim, 11 Bedouin youth and 11 Jewish teenagers from San Diego. Participants spent a week in Spain together, learning about relations between Jews and Arabs in the past. In the second stage of the program, they all came to Israel to learn about current relations between Jews and Arabs. They concluded the project with two days in the Negev which included visits to the homes of the Bedouin youth, as well as discussions on ways to continue their joint activity in the future.

PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT IN ISRAEL HELPS FEED THE HUNGRY

The Young Adults Forum of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), the Israel Religious Action Center and congregations of the IMPJ collected donations for the purchase of food parcels for needy Israelis on Rosh Hashanna. The goal, according to YAF director Na’ama Dafni, was to “help 1000 families start the new year with a decent meal.” As part of “Operation Apples in Honey,” the food, which would cost NIS 130 (over $30) if purchased at a supermarket, was distributed throughout the country with the assistance of municipal social welfare bureaus. In a similar undertaking conducted prior to the previous Rosh Hashanna holidays, the Israeli Movement raised thousands of shekels to supply needy children heading back to class with much-needed school supplies.

ARAB AND JEWISH TEENAGERS BUILD A "SUKKAT SHALOM"

Jewish and Arab teenagers came together under a "Peace Tent" in celebration of the holiday of Sukkot in the Galilee. Members of both the Hashomer Hatzair Jewish youth movement and the Arab Youth movement have been doing joint activities all year to promote coexistence between their two communities. This gathering marked the culmination of a year of activities.

WEB SITE THAT PROMOTES COEXISTENCE HAS BEEN ADDED

Come check out "Windows -- Channels for Communication" on the web at: http://www.win-peace.org. "Windows" was established in 1991 by Jewish and Arab artists and educators living in Israel. Their mission is to promote meaningful dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians through the use of media, meetings and art. They produce a magazine called Windows, written by Palestinian and Jewish children, and they run a Palestinian-Israeli Friendship Center in Tel Aviv.