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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 came up, comfortable temperatures and reasonable humidity served as a backdrop to a gathering of more than 300 young people, including Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians and Egyptians as well as Indians and Pakistanis, Afghanis and others.

Seeds for Peace, which has been around for 22 years, has never attracted such keen media attention. With the Middle East ablaze, it was as if this summer camp in Maine was the only place where any sort of hope of dialogue, if not peace, could be transmitted. Various American media representatives came in large numbers to see the camp in action. NBC, for example, devoted a major report to the gathering on its evening news broadcast and its morning show the following day, as well as an additional program on its sister network, MSNBC.

Read the rest of Haim Handwerker’s article at Ha’aretz ››



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