Palestinian, Jews overcome walls, share recipes for living together

Tuesday, 24 January 2012


"We build too many walls and not enough bridges."

            ~ Isaac Newton  (1642-1727)

                English Mathematician, Physicist, Theologian - "Father of Modern Science"

"When you're weary, feeling small, when tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all.

I'm on your side, when times get rough and friends just can't be found...

Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down."

            ~ from Bridge Over Troubled Water

                Paul Simon (1969)

     CLIMBING WALLS: Youth Circus for A Brighter Future is a theme of the Israel Circus School -- .
     These "circus arts of social change" in the Holy Land brings together Palestinian, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, youth at risk, and visiting young adults and children to create a mini-picture of what life can look in the larger community.
     They share risks, skills, falls, and successes while transcending walls learned and imposed by culture, social circumstances, and other teachings that unnecessarily separate them from open, creative relationships.
     READ more:


Circus School Leads Jews And Arabs To Climb Walls Of Separation

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     THE OPEN HOUSE OF RAMLE -- -- is a living model of Palestinian-Jewish community and empathy.
     Dalia Eshkenazi Landau ( ) was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1948.
     She came to Israel with her family in the European immigration right after the creation of the State of Israel.
     Her family settled in Ramle in an "Arab house."
     In July 1967 Dalia she came to know Bashir Al-Khayri, son of the Arab couple that had built the house and lived there before 1948.
     Together, in their common home, they founded "Open House," a Jewish Arab co-existence center.

    "How do we take a legacy from the past and transform it into something positive for the future?" asks Dalia, who lives in Jerusalem.
     For Landau, the answer is Open House Ramle, founded in 1991.
     Its Center for the Development of the Arab Child provides educational and social opportunities to Palestinian Israeli children and their families.
     Its Center for Jewish-Arab Coexistence serves as a place of face-to-face communication and cooperation between Jews and Arabs in the Ramle-Lod area.
     VIEW the human success story:


Deciding to Open the Door to The Other

Dalia Landau

TEDxJaffa - 20 min video

In her TEDxJaffa talk, Dalia Landau tells the story of her decision to open the door to a stranger.

Peace begins at home

By Abigail Klein Leichman

Israel21c -- 12 December 2011

A house with an Arab and Jewish history now serves as a center for a range of coexistence programs in the mixed city of Ramle

The Lemon Tree:

An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

by Sandy Tolan

Bloomsbury USA, 384 pages


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     OTHER VOICE -- -- was created by Israeli and Palestinian neighbors at the Gaza-Israel border, in response to collective fear, frenzy, and violence around them.
     VIEW their personal challenges and steps together, including self-publishing:



Gaza-Sderot Documentary Film

October 2011 -- 25 min. video

by Ose Oyamendan

This 25-minute documentary is about the people in Gaza and Sderot, a war zone in the Israeli-Palestinian relationship. Its the story you hardly ever hear about citizen-to-citizen Middle East communication, of neighbors working together toward their shared future.



In 2010, some of these Palestinians and Israelis created this exquisite hard-cover 44-page "Cook Book for Peace."

It includes beautiful illustrations and short stories.  They say: "We all enjoy food and we should soon also enjoy Peace in the area."


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With additional recipes for the table and for relationship-building, these 100 illustrated pages can be downloaded online.

The cookbook is the cooperative creation of the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue across the ocean in California, USA.

     INTERNATIONAL ONLINE FACE-TO-FACE CONNECTIONS honored the year-end 2011 "Season of Light Gathering" of this 19-year-old Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group on the San Francisco Peninsula.
     Video-connected, bridging simultaneously between the Middle East, Europe, and North America with a Muslim Palestinian, Jewish Israeli, and Christian Nigerian -- all citizen bridge builders -- was a "first" among hundreds of outreach initiatives of this handful of Muslims, Jews, and Christians --
     PHOTOS -- the how-to of creating this evening -- are at

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These and hundreds of other success stories are preserved at