In Arab-Jewish Relations, There Are Humane Acts amid Hostility

By Bryant, Christa Case | The Christian Science Monitor, October 26, 2014 | Go to article overview

In Arab-Jewish Relations, There Are Humane Acts amid Hostility


Bryant, Christa Case, The Christian Science Monitor


Despite the worsening atmosphere between Jews and Arabs, poignant examples of humanity still occur daily. For example:

- A new bilingual anthology of Arab and Jewish Israeli authors, called "Two," gives voice to 41 writers through 75 unique pieces. Much of the editing and translation was done voluntarily, and the book is finally coming out after five years' work. "We had a very depressing summer, inside Israel and outside of it," says Tamar Weiss, one of the editors. "But I live here. This is my homeland ... and we are doing our best. Literature and poetry is our field, and that's where we can do our little effort."

- In late August, an Israeli settler couple was headed home in the West Bank when Palestinians threw stones at their car, causing it to flip over and land in a ditch. Local Palestinians rushed to the scene, calmed the couple, and helped usher them and their toddler to a hospital. "I was afraid, but I know how to distinguish between terrorists and human beings, and these were human beings," the mother told the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonoth. …

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