War in Gaza on many minds at Seeds of Peace camp | PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
As Palestinian and Israeli youths gather to build understanding, some worry about their families back home and others find it hard to build trust.
OTISFIELD — Thirty-six hours after arriving at a bucolic lakeside camp in the woods of Maine, Nadeem, 17, a Palestinian from Jerusalem, said Sunday he had gotten over the jet lag from his journey, but not his fears from living in a war zone.
Nadeem said he lives a 10-minute walk from the spot where a 16-year-old Palestinian boy was kidnapped and killed last month by Jewish extremists. It was an apparent revenge attack after the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank, which Israel blamed on Hamas.
“I was coming back from my friend’s house at the same time. It could have been me,” said Nadeem, who has deleted all but one or two of his Jewish friends from Facebook this year.
Nadeem is among 95 Israeli and Palestinian youths spending the next three weeks at the Seeds of Peace camp on Pleasant Lake in the western Maine town of Otisfield.