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Aug 29, 2014

Maine summer camp gives kids from Israel, Gaza seeds for peace | FUSION

With tensions simmering in the Middle East, a bucolic lakeside summer camp in Otisfield, Maine, took 95 Israeli and Palestinian out of the conflict zone and hosted them as campers this month for a unique bonding experience. Some 6,000 miles removed from the fighting back home, the kids get to know one another in the woods of Maine, hoping that the lessons they learn at sleepover camp will one day help them work for peace back home. The camp, called … FULL STORY

Aug 22, 2014

Peace Through Friendship
| NEW YORK TIMES

WHEN two groups are in conflict, how can you improve relations between them? One strategy is to encourage positive personal contact among individuals from each group. If a Catholic and a Protestant in Northern Ireland would only sit down together to talk—learning about one another’s families, hearing about one another’s fears—the encounter, according to this approach, would foster understanding, humanize the enemy and lessen bigotry. The scholarly version of this idea is known as interpersonal contact theory. It’s an intriguing … FULL STORY

Aug 21, 2014

Cold winds of war at peace camp for Israeli and Palestinian teens | HA'ARETZ

The get-together between Israeli and Palestinian young people that is currently wrapping up in the American state of Maine hasn’t been easy. The winds of war from Gaza naturally had their impact on the discussions. The discussions in this program sponsored by the Seeds for Peace organization between the young Israeli and Palestinian and other Arab participants have never been easy, but this time the friction was greater. The weather along the lake had never been better. After the sun … FULL STORY

Aug 20, 2014

Rethinking Pakistan and India's
shared history | BBC

It’s based on a whole new history book for schools and it combines the narrative on the same historic events, as told by the different sides, printed side by side, for an understanding into each others view… In a unique project, a group of young people place two versions of history taught in textbooks in India and Pakistan in order to introduce an alternative, neutral narrative to the students. Accounts of major events have diverged widely. The initial project was … FULL STORY

Aug 19, 2014

Israeli and Palestinian kids find common ground at Maine summer camp
| CBS NEWS

Seeds of Peace, a special summer camp in Maine, brings children together from war-torn areas, in the hope that they’ll see things from a different point-of-view. As Don Dahler found out, the camp is opening hearts as well as eyes to the possibility of peace.

Aug 11, 2014

Embiid, Grant Visit
Seeds of Peace Camp | NBA.COM

The NBA offseason is a time for players to rest their bodies, to train, and to mentally prepare themselves for the long season ahead. But it is also a time for them to touch communities with which they are not able to connect during the busier half of their year. On Friday, five current and former NBA players traveled to Southern Maine, where 182 young leaders from regions of conflict in the Middle East, South Asia, and the United States … FULL STORY

Aug 10, 2014

Maine camp brings Israelis, Palestinians together | BOSTON HERALD

As warfare continues in the Gaza strip, Israeli and Palestinian teens at camp in Maine struggle to find common ground. Israeli and Palestinian kids coming face-to-face at a camp in Maine are finding ways to bridge a divide that has again cast their war-torn homelands into chaos as the international community looks to their leaders to follow suit and forge a peace agreement that will end the bloodshed. “I just knew the other side as being people with guns, people … FULL STORY

Aug 9, 2014

Marcus Smart learns from campers
| BOSTON HERALD

Celtics rookie Marcus Smart has spent the last few days helping to bridge the gap between teens on opposite ends of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Smart, along with ex-Celtic Brian Scalabrine and Philadelphia 76ers rookies Joel Embiid and Jerami Grant, were special guests at the Seeds of Peace camp in Otisfield, Maine. The goal of the camp is to bring together kids from conflict zones through open dialogue and games. Smart hosted a basketball clinic yesterday, as rocket fire resumed in … FULL STORY

Emotions run high at Seeds of Peace camp in Maine amid Israeli-Palestinian conflict | BANGOR DAILY NEWS

OTISFIELD, Maine — As young campers emerged from cabins on Thursday morning, some were holding each other crying, while others laughed and sang songs. Emotions have run high during this session of Seeds of Peace, a camp that brings teenagers from opposing sides of conflict zones around the world to the Maine woods for three weeks each summer. The campers, about 180 of them, come from the United States, Egypt, Jordan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. They also come from warring … FULL STORY

Aug 8, 2014

Scalabrine, Smart lead fun at Seeds
of Peace | LEWISTON SUN JOURNAL

OTISFIELD — The chant of “Mam-ba, Mam-ba” started as Brian Scalabrine sliced through the crowd and exchanged high fives. It built until its crescendo could be heard across Pleasant Lake as Scalabrine stood triumphantly before 200 campers, counselors and on-lookers at Seeds of Peace. Making what he estimated was his 12th appearance at the camp on a sun-splashed Friday, the former Boston Celtics forward known as “The White Mamba” had the crowd of teenagers from some of the world’s most … FULL STORY


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