Jewish and Arab high school students learn the values of brotherhood
“Personally, I want to say to the world, Arabs and Jews can live together,” said Shadi Darawshi, an Arab Muslim, who spent 10 days visiting America’s East Coast with a small delegation of Jewish and Muslim Israeli high school students.
Before this trip, Darawshi, a high school senior, said she rarely spoke to any Jewish people.
Seven Israeli students, who said they have few chances to get to know one another in their home country, spent time in Washington, D.C., Montgomery County, Baltimore and Philadelphia in an effort to promote coexistence and friendship, explained Roberta Bell-Kliger, head of the International School of Oranim College of Education, who led the delegation.
“In Israel, it’s pretty separate. They don’t go to school together,” Bell-Kliger said. Students attend either a Hebrew-speaking school or an Arabic-speaking school.