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As part of its many and diverse activities for the benefit of all of Israel's citizens, KKL-JNF is involved in a number of projects throughout the country that promote coexistence between Jews and Arabs. Two leading European human rights activists recently visited a number of these projects and saw how the environment can be a bridge between people.
"I am very impressed by what I've seen, particularly by where we've been today. The KKL-JNF projects that I've visited give me reason for hope," said Willy Fautre, the director of Human Rights Without Frontiers, who was invited by KKL-JNF for a short visit to Israel along with Amanda Paul, policy analyst of the European Policy Center. Fautre continued: "As a human rights organization, we want to see the impact of human rights on different communities, so I was very happy when KKL-JNF invited us to visit Israel. I see a certain parallel between the Jewish and Arab sectors of Israel and the French and Flemish speaking communities in my country, Belgium.
"I believe that in the long run, bridging activities will contribute to the improvement of relationships. It's important to promote slow and gradual projects, the sort of activity KKL-JNF is involved in. Unfortunately, this doesn't make headlines on CNN, although in my opinion, it would be much better to focus on such positive initiatives," Fautre concluded.
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