Two different sides of the Israel Palestine conflict unite under one cause
Hands of Peace is an interfaith group created by three Chicago-area women: Christian; Jewish; and Muslim to foster empathy and peace. They have a particular focus on harmonious co-existence between Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel. HOP brings teenagers together to help them understand the world from different points-of-view. We’ll talk about HOP with Elik Elhanan, assistant professor of Hebrew and Yiddish literature at The City College of New York. He was a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), but is now a pacifist and military ’refusenik’. In 1997, a suicide bomber killed his 14-year old sister in Jerusalem. We also speak with Aziz Abu Sarah, co-founder and group leader with Mejdi Tours. They help educate people via tours about the religion, culture and history of Israel’s Jews and Palestinians by using a Palestinian guide and an Israeli tour guide.
PHOTO: Smoke rises after Israeli missile strikes hit the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 16, 2014.(AP Photo/Adel Hana)