Peace in the Middle East? It doesn’t have to be as complicated as it seems.
Amid rising tensions between the Israeli and Palestinian communities worldwide, a new campaign was born that aims to show that love is stronger than war. #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies, which doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, began in New York after Dania Darwish and Abraham Gutman shared this photo in Washington Square Park:
— Luigi De Gennaro (@luigidegennar) July 18, 2014
Darwish, an American of Syrian descent, and Gutman, an Israeli from Tel Aviv, became close friends while attending the same college. But as they noticed their social media feeds becoming increasingly hateful with the rise of conflict in Israel, they decided to take a stand.
“We’re not asking everyone to agree and sing ‘Kumbayah,’” Gutman told The Daily News. “But we do want to have an underlying agreement of mutual respect.”
The pair started a Facebook group, posted their harmonious picture, and were soon flooded with other photos from around the world. The page currently has 8,500 fans. Here are some of the greatest images they’ve received so far:
— Sulome Anderson (@SulomeAnderson) July 13, 2014
— Srewob Nicky (@GaiLuronNicky) July 23, 2014
— concetta larocca (@concettalarocca) July 22, 2014
— adriano barros (@adrianobolo) July 23, 2014
— Sahar E. (@Sahar_aurora) July 19, 2014
— vonblanc (@vonblanc) July 23, 2014
So while this campaign likely won’t stop the violence overseas, it can at least change the tone of the conversation worldwide. The ongoing violence and hatred is simply too much to bear. But something like this, the coming together of supposed enemies on an international scale, gives us hope.
After all, the people above sure make this whole peace thing look easy, don’t they?