A Callous Attack on Peaceful Coexistence

“There is no coexistence with cancer.” Graffiti on walls of Hand in Hand school in Jerusalem.

Shana’s childhood friend, Rebecca Bardach, works for the organization Yad b’Yad/Hand in Hand: Center for Arab-Jewish Educaiton in Israel. Over the years the center has established schools throughout Israel and engaged in important cross-cultural and interfaith dialogue.  This week, as debates over the Nation-State Bill and the future of Israel’s democracy erupt and new elections are being called for, a Hand in Hand school in Jerusalem was torched. This school is emblematic of dynamic and profound efforts at peaceful coexistence and understanding between Arabs and Jews. Despite all the violence and heartbreak, coexistence is, and must remain an overarching value for all people throughout the region. Just as the Maccabees rededicated and restored the Temple, so too, we pray for the success of those who are dedicated to restoring this school and courageously continuing its goals for a peaceful state of Israel.

Below are some links to related articles and a way to donate to Yad b’Yad.

A Worthy Response to Racist Pyromaniacs, Haaretz Editorial, Dec. 2, 2014

http://handinhandk12.org/home

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/30/us-mideast-jerusalem-school-idUSKCN0JE0BV20141130

http://www.timesofisrael.com/bilingual-jewish-arab-school-in-jerusalem-torched/

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/middle-east-unrest/jerusalems-arab-jewish-school-hand-hand-torched-apparent-arson-attack-n258361

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http://www.jta.org/2014/11/25/news-opinion/politics/jerusalem-coexistence-programs-persist-amid-rising-tensions

10th graders at Yad b'Yad school and gathered together holding signs they made, which said
10th graders at Yad b’Yad school and gathered together holding signs they made, which said “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies” and “We continue together without hatred or fear.”
An image of the torched kindergarten classroom at Hand in Hand school in Jerusalem.
An image of the torched kindergarten classroom at Hand in Hand school in Jerusalem.

If you would like  to the Organization Yad b’Yad/Hand in Hand: Center for Arab-Jewish Education in Israel, which needs help to rebuild their school and in order to further their efforts at this crucial moment.

https://www.handinhandk12.org/engage/donate-now

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