A Visit to the KKL-JNF Coexistence-1.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Overcome with emotion after his first visit to KKL-JNF’s co-existence trail in the Galilee, named in honor of his parents, Alejandro Ergas could not wait to go home to tell his brother Eduardo what he had experienced.
There, after meeting with some of the regulars who use the trail daily, Ergas placed a call to Chile on his cell phone and enthusiastically recounted to his brother what he was seeing in real time.
The path, which connects the Arab village of Gush Halav (Jish) and the Jewish moshav of Dalton, has become a focal point for nearby the Arab and Jewish communities, not only for walking but for festivals
, family activities and sporting events
. All this was made possible by the generous donation of the Ergas-Lopez family.
Also present at the trail were some of the early morning regulars who had returned to the trail after their crack-of-dawn routine to greet Ergas and Kaplun.
“Even though we have always had good relations, this path deepened our friendship,” noted Mazal Azoulai, a resident of the Jewish moshav Kerem Ben Zimra and director of tourism for the Merom Galilee Regional Council. “When someone misses a day we ask about them. We know about weddings and trips. People from Gush Halav buy pomegranates from us and we buy olive oil from them. A lot of people use this trail, young, old, men, women and children. ”
“We’ve had good relations with our neighbors for 60 years,” noted Gush Halav Resident Kamel Makhoul. “Now I go over to their house for coffee and they come over to mine.”
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