As war rages on in Gaza, it's difficult to look at the events going on with any sense of positivity. But in a new Facebook group called Jews and Arabs Refuse to Be Enemies, some light of hope shines through.
Started on July 10, the community showcases a series of powerful photos of people of both Jewish and Arab descent. Most are posing with a note that uses the hashtag #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies. The hashtag was inspired by Twitter, where it first popped up a few days prior.
The Facebook page -- which, as of Monday, has nearly 2,500 Likes -- states, "It is time to take a clear stance on the stereotypes, generalizations and the incitement of hatred! While we may not agree on the political developments of the Arab-Israeli conflict, we must demonstrate that we refuse to be enemies."
The mission statement goes on to clarify that friendship will not cause the core issues at the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict to dissolve, but instead makes an effort to stop hatred in our everyday lives. The initiative aims to create a space for "civil discourse between people who identify with divergent political ideas."
— Sulome Anderson (@SulomeAnderson) July 20, 2014