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August 6, 2014

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Beauty for Wounded Nations
Muslim & Jewish couple kissing
A Muslim and Jewish couple, from the Facebook page, Jews & Arabs Refuse To Be Enemies

Radical Joy for Hard Times is known for finding and making beauty in the natural places of the world. But the practice of going to wounded places, facing what's uncomfortable, looking for what's beautiful there, and pulling from ourselves reserves of love, compassion, and creativity also helps us respond to other kinds of crises. 

 

Recently, the shift from old, sometimes meaningless, often inherited concepts into new demonstrations of love and compassion has entered promising new territory among Jews and Arabs on the internet.

 

On July 10 two students at Hunter College in New York, Dania Darwish, originally from Syria, and Abraham Gutman, an Israeli, started a Facebook page, #JewsandArabsRefuseToBeEnemies. Less than a month later the page has more than 57,000 "likes." Families, friends, colleagues, and loving couples are posting photos, many of which include handwritten signs that identify the ethnic or religious backgrounds of the people pictured. These moving declarations put the lie to politicians' assertions that Israel and Palestine can never solve their difficulties.    

The group is planning a silent protest for Friday, August 6, in New York City.

 

 
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On June 21 people around the world went to wounded places, shared their stories of what the places mean to them, spent time getting to know the places as they are now, and made a simple act of beauty there. To see the photos of the 5th annual Global Earth Exchange, visit our website. To read the stories click on the little "pins" on our world map.
Radical Joy for Hard Times is a global community dedicated to finding and making beauty in wounded places. Reconnecting with these places, sharing our stories of loss and despair, and making acts of beauty there, we transform the land, reconnect people and the places that nourish them, and empower ourselves to make a difference in the way we live on Earth.
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