"Our campus is home to the same Israeli-Palestinian debates that happen elsewhere. But their tone has been remarkably civil."
That's where coffee comes in. Not only do the imam and rabbi meet, but we also create opportunities for our students to do so. During recent years, the Muslim holiday of Ramadan has coincided with the Jewish High Holy Days, giving us a chance to share a meal that has come to be known as Muslim-Jewish Iftar ('iftar' is the breaking of the Ramadan fast at sunset). For us as chaplains, the content of such programs is far less important than the very fact that our Muslim and Jewish students are doing that mundane but magically humanizing activity of sitting down together and sharing a hummus platter.
Our campus is home to the same Israeli-Palestinian debates that happen elsewhere. But their tone has been remarkably civil. We believe this is because the disputants have eaten together, studied religious text together, and even done social action projects together.
This tiny area where you can see mountains, sea, deserts and lakes, love and hate, hope and despair embedded together.
We are in favor of a solution for which two countries, Israel and Palestine would live peacefully within safe and internationally recognized borders.
Before the arrival of political Zionism, this was a common sight in the disputed land of Palestine. Christians, Muslims, Jews, all together and co-existing in peace.
All the bilateral peace projects (Clinton/Taba, Ayalon/Nussibeh, Geneva Accords) are converging in the same direction. We can be optimistic.
Within a few years, we will come back for “Hand in hand”.