This has got to be one of the best, most positive interfaith stories of recent weeks. It’s about the two communities getting together because of the shared grief at the Har Nof synagogue massacre, and the selfless sacrifice of Zidan Seif, the brave policeman who stopped things from being much worse. Ynet has the story. The context is that the Nissim family are hosting Zidan Seif’s widow:
“But the Nissim family is not the only one hosting this Shabbat, in dozens of other Jerusalemite homes, Druze and Jews are sitting side by side at the Shabbat table. Three buses brought some 160 people from four Druze villages in the Galilee to the Shai Agnon synagogue in Arnona on Saturday afternoon. Sheikhs with elegant mustaches and tarbooshes, elderly women whose heads are covered by thin white shawls, young people, teenage girls, and children, all get off the bus one after the other, shaking the hands of their hosts with embarrassed hesitation. Their hosts were waiting for them outside the synagogue with flags combining the Israeli and Druze flags, made by the meeting’s organizer, Rabbi Yaakov Kermaier.”
It’s a must read, and it is here.
Kol HaKavod, Rabbi Kermaier, and all those involved on all aides. That’s a wonderful initiative, and a great example of what can be achieved.
There are many more, behind the scenes, contacts and relationships, being worked on for the sake of peace, and not conflict. Generally speaking, because they do not fit the simplified message western media wants to send out about Israel, there is no media coverage outside of Israel. All the allegedly bad things that happen are broadcast wide and far. But good things?