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Spanish writer Antonio Munoz Molina, 2013 winner of the prestigious Jerusalem Prize for literature, has donated his $10,000 award to Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education.

As is widely known, Israel boasts a well-developed and competitive professional basketball league. Less known is the fact that non-professional leagues are also quite popular. A group of 15 men from Hand in Hand's Jerusalem community formed a team and began to play in a workplace league in October 2012.

On Jan. 21, sixth graders from Hand in Hand's Jerusalem school were verbally attacked, spit on and hit while riding a city bus. The attack was racist in nature.  Hand in Hand has been working with students, parents and the government to address the assault, writing letters to city officials and posting flyers. Incidents like this only increase Hand in Hand's commitment to coexistence and peaceful dialogue. 

In a Feb. 7, 2013, session of British Parliament focusing on the Middle East, several government leaders praised Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel, holding it up as a model of progressive civil society. 

Shuli Dichter, executive director of Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel, sent the following letter (translated from Hebrew) to the Hand in Hand community last week.  Dear students, parents and teachers at Hand in Hand: Again the cannons and missiles are thundering, and we are in a difficult time—when Jews on one side and Palestinians on the other are in a violent conflict in southern Israel and Gaza.

Two graduates of Hand in Hand's high school in Jerusalem are touring the Eastern and Southern United States Oct. 27 through Nov. 16.

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Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel celebrated the opening of a new school in September in the northern city of Haifa. Located in one of Israel's largest urban centers, the preschool becomes the fourth in Hand in Hand's network of bilingual, integrated schools. 

Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education joins peace advocates throughout Israel and the world in expressing deep sadness for the untimely death of Ahmed Hijazi and his son Adam, who were killed in a car accident while vacationing in Africa. Ahmed, who lived and worked in the Jewish-Arab village of Neve Shalom, was a true peacemaker. We will miss him greatly.

A group of 52 Arab and Jewish students ages of 9  to 14 years explored the techniques and history of socially conscious street art at a week-long workshop led by ARTS by the People teaching artists Brad "Bisco" Smith and Gu

With funding from a U.S. government grant, Hand in Hand has embarked on an ambitious program to create three new Jewish-Arab "shared communities" with integrated schools as their focus.

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