Coming together for the National Days

May 2014

These ten days – in which we mark Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Nakba Day – are particularly sensitive for those who truly live shared lives. Sadness and joy, shame and pain come together in Hand in Hand schools and the communities which surround them.

For those who are truly devoted to this journey that we called shared living, it is difficult to avoid feeling that we are in a zero-sum game of emotions, in which the joy of one creates the sadness for the other.

Nevertheless, the educational and social foundation that is laid here day by day between students and their families, teachers, and community members can contain the pain as well as the joy that we create for ourselves.

Over these ten days, there are educational and communal activities in all of Hand in Hand’s schools and communities to mark the days which emphasize our differences. Our hearts are with the Arabs and Jews that dare to do this together.

As one participant in a community discussion about these days observed:  “When people start telling their stories, that’s when we truly meet. This room is full of people who dare to live together, send their children to study together, people who have the strength to listen. This is the way. Please God - we will continue and grow.”



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