As rockets were falling in the South, a song of hope rose in Jerusalem

A Jewish man and a Muslim woman spontaneously performing Leonard Cohen's Halleluja together inspired dozens of people to join them.

May 8, 2019 06:52
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Dialogue circles on a Thursday night at the Meeting Place in Zion Square. (photo credit: NOAM FEINER)


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On Sunday night, as the rockets launched from Gaza were falling in southern Israel, in the city center of Jerusalem, a Jewish man and a Muslim woman found themselves singing together and inspiring dozens of people to join them in a powerful message of hope.

An amateur video published on Facebook by The Israel Project shows a man wearing a black kippah and with a long beard and a young woman with a headscarf singing the moving song "Halleluja" by Leonard Cohen.

Dozens of passers-by - Jews and Muslims, religious and secular, men and women, young and old - stopped to enjoy the performance, joining them for the chorus.

About 700 rockets were launched against Israel over the course of last weekend, killing four and injuring dozens. A ceasefire was reached on Tuesday.

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