USIP Hosts Hand in Hand in Washington

December 22nd, 2014
"Inbar Shaked Vardi and Mouran Ibrahim are 14 years old but speak in a way that many adults in the maelstrom of the Middle East can’t muster – of Arab-Jewish “shared living,” a step even beyond mere co-existence. When their school, the flagship Max Rayne campus of the Hand in Hand Jewish-Arab bilingual school network in Israel, was attacked recently, their outlook on the world was tested once again."

Viola Gienger

The United States Institute of Peace hosted students Inbar, Mouran, and Rebecca Bardach during their visit to Washington DC to light a Hanukkiah made by students at the Max Rayne School at the White House, in response to the arson and graffiti attack at the school in November.  Our representatives from Hand in Hand, spoke to the work being accomplished in the schools and the response to the attacks by those who disagree with bilingual education in Israel.  Also on the panel, Ned Lazarus, a visiting assistant professor of internation affairs at the George Washington University and former USIP Peace Scholar.  Professor Lazarus shared his insights into the process including his findings after interviewing and observing the school in action. 

"We have an important message to show the world that Arabs and Jews can live together." Mouran Ibrahim

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