(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
After getting to know one another in the course of their walks on the Dalton - Gush Halav Coexistence Trail, these Galilee neighbors invited guests from all over Israel to enjoy a concert together and explore the alleyways of Gush Halav (Jish) – all with the support of KKL-JNF.
“When we walk around the village, meet hospitable people with welcoming faces and listen to delightful music together – that’s when we begin to get to know one another and start to make a connection,” said Julie Zmiri of Rosh Pina. “This is how coexistence is created – by means of shared encounters and by doing things together, not through headlines or slogans. We are very grateful to all those who have helped to promote this relationship between Jews and Arabs,” she added.
Simon Haddad, who is a member of the council of St. Peter and St. Paul’s Catholic Church, expressed his pleasure at hosting the four hundred or so guests who attended the concert at the church. “If we want coexistence, we must first of all get to know one another, and the church can most certainly help with that,” he said. “Here in the village Christians and Muslims live side by side. We’ve also got a lot of Jewish neighbors, and I hope that everyone will learn from us how to live together in peace on excellent terms. This morning we met up for the concert at the church, and this afternoon we’ll meet again for a walk along the Coexistence Trail.”
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