New Delhi, July 24: While we are still struggling with our political agendas and hate crimes, here are two communities that have decided to leave their warring history behind, to start a new journey of love, harmony and peace together.
The Israeli Jews and the Palestinian Arabs share a disturbing history of war and deaths over a piece of land. No, its not over yet, but at least the two communities are uniting to call for a change, which is more important that war.
The political tension between the two countries roots in the rise of Zionism and Arab nationalism towards the end of the 19th century. Moreover, the territory regarded by the Jewish people as their historical homeland is also regarded by the Pan-Arab movement as historically and presently belonging to the Palestinian Arabs, and in the Pan-Islamic context, as Muslim lands.
The sectarian conflict between Palestinian Jews and Arabs emerged in the early 20th century, resulting in a full-scale civil war in 1947 and transforming into the First Arab-Israeli War in May 1948. This followed the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel by David Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization, who declared the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel to be known as the State of Israel.
The interesting twist
A youngster started a hashtag on Twitter which went viral with pictures of love between the two communities and proud declarations of a mixed origin. The #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies is taking the rounds of the Twitter crazily in an attempt to stop war and spread love.
Interestingly, this generation has accepted it with open arms, here's how:
A Palestinian rescue convoy navigates rubble in Gaza City
A Palestinian rescue convoy navigates rubble in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, during a two hour temporary ceasefire Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the top U.S. diplomat reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed more than 600 Palestinians and more than 30 Israelis.
A general view shows the destruction in Gaza City's Shijaiyah
A general view shows the destruction in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, which saw heavy fighting this week, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday.
Palestinian rescuers inspect an area damaged in an Israeli airstrike
Palestinian rescuers inspect an area damaged in an Israeli airstrike during a two-hour temporary cease-fire in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 22, 2014.