Threats force Christmas coexistence rallies apart
Israeli activists formed a heart-shaped drumming circle in Jerusalem on Tuesday
afternoon, after safety concerns forced them to pull out of a joint Christmas
Eve peace event with Palestinians next to the Bethlehem security
With the help of American aerial artist John Quigley, Israelis
and Palestinians had planned to form a large human sculpture of a peace sign,
with the concrete barrier running through it.
But at the last moment,
threats from Palestinian hard-liners to sabotage the project forced organizers
to scrap the barrier event out of safety concerns.
gathered solo in Bethlehem’s Manger Square on Monday, where, under Quigley’s
direction, they formed a peace sign with the words “Love All” by the large
And on Tuesday afternoon, Israelis and some foreigners
sat in the shape of a heart on the cold stones of downtown Jerusalem’s Zion