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Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies
As Egypt attempts to broker an extended ceasefire in Gaza after 15 days of fighting that has resulted in more than 620 deaths, some Israelis and Palestinians are taking to social media to show their desire for an end to the bloodiest conflict between the two warring sides in 15 years.
Israelis and Palestinians of all ages are posting photos of themselves with messages that project beauty, hope and despair.
The hash tag #JewsandArabsRefuseToBeEnemies was propelled by a photo taken by Arab-American journalist Sulome Anderson, kissing her Jewish boyfriend, Jeremy.
Sulome Anderson @SulomeAnderson Follow He calls me neshama, I call him habibi. Love doesn't speak the language of occupation #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies 5:58 AM - 14 Jul 2014
While Ms Anderson and her boyfriend pushed the hashtag to new height in the twittersphere, the social media phenomenon was actually started by two US University Students, Abraham Gutman of Jewish origin and Dania Darwish, who is of Arabic origin.
Dania Darwish, Communications Officer
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP/PAPP)
originally posted by: Destinyone
a reply to: cuckooold
Awesome message of hope, in a time of so much despair. I hope it catches on like wildfire.
Only this past year or so, have I seen the wave of social media as having a real impact on people. It's messages like this, that needs to be shared.
originally posted by: sosobad
a reply to: TinfoilTP
It must really pain you that these human beings are showing common decency to one another. Why else would you try to debunk this? An act of kindness between these people and you try and take a dump all over it, you should be proud