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May 10, 2013 1:02 pm

Arabs and Israelis Meet in Hebron to Discuss Co-Existence Despite Fear of Reprisals

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Israeli settlers and Palestinians meet to discuss co-existence. Photo: Ynet.

Young Palestinian Arabs and Israeli settlers have held a series of meetings to discuss possible coexistence in Hebron in the southern West Bank, Israel’s Ynet news site reported Thursday.

According to the report, young Arab men from Hebron in the southern West Bank have been participating in meetings with Jewish settlers from the Efrat settlement in the Gush Etzion bloc south of Bethlehem.

The Ma’an News Agency translated part of the article:

“For a short hour, two completely different worlds would meet here. Young Palestinian men from Hebron and Jewish Yeshiva students from Efrat settlement have been involved in monthly meetings.”

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“However, to document these meetings was not an easy job as the participants at the beginning refused to let us take photos of them, and asked us to blur their faces because revealing their identities may create serious problems within their societies,” the report said.

“The Palestinians have enough reasons to fear joining such meetings with settlers because such dialogue is illegal in the eyes of their society. If they are stigmatized as collaborators, they will be in real danger,” the report quoted the chair of the Jewish organization of religious dialogue Yehuda Stolov as saying.

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