Palestinians, settlers light bright tag torch 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy of 'Tag Meir')
Dozens of settlers and Palestinians lit "bright tag" torches together
Sunday night, as part of the "bright tag" movement that recently emerged as a peaceful protest against the wave of extremist "price tag" attacks.
The event was held in the village of Beit Zechariah next to Gush Etzion. The
event organizers described the relations generally enjoyed by the
village residents and Gush Etzion settlers as peaceful and respectful, as they live side by side in co-existence.
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the event the organizers ran a study session on peace and light in Jewish and
Muslim sources. In recent months, residents of the area have been
holding sessions together and have cooperated in the fields of
planning, the environment, welfare and education.
Referring to the 'price tag' attacks that have disturbed the area
recently, two members of the community that initiated Sunday night's
event said: "These grave acts will not ruin our long-standing tradition
of... Jewish-Arab co-existence, side by side in the Gush Etzion region."
Beit Zechariah village elder Mohammed Atallah and poet Eliaz Cohen promised to further
strengthen cooperation between the two communities. "This is the
best response to the extremists. We will not throw stones back at the
stone throwers. We will invest in education, in true mutual
responsibility, and we will try to banish this darkness with our light,"
the two said.