In our last encounter in Gush Etzion Junction, 6 Palestinians and 8 Jews met together in to talk about peace and future.We have known each other for more than a year now, and we meet twice a month, building a great bridge between us. Today we talk about the Yeshiva student Dvir, who was killed around a month ago next to Efrat southern entrance. As young men, we agreed that we are against violence and we want both of us to live as any other people in this world . We raised a lot of questions that we will continue to discuss in the next encounters.
In this encounter for the Jewish and Palestinian youth, we had an interesting discussion.
The predefined topic of Judaism and Zionism found an interesting twist after Mousa asked a question about the use of "Judea and Samaria" vs "West Bank". And so a discussion about identity and the names we give to places in the Holy Land started... How names define our connection but may seem to deny the others. How does one solve this? Are there ways of "being sensitive" without giving up on the language and names which are our stories. Thanks to Mousa and Andye who both raised important questions and challenges and showed that, as Andye noted when he introduced himself, we have a good basis of personal relationship that will allow us to deal with the issues of identity.
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