(Photo: Rauf Abu-Panne)

(Photo: Rauf Abu-Panne)

By Ynet - August 23, 2017

Originally appeared here in Ynetnews 

A quarter hour’s drive is all that separates Pardes Hana-Karkur from Kafr Kara, but the actual distance between these two communities is enormous and represents the growing rift between Jewish and Arab society in Israel. The "Soccer for Peace" camp attempts to bridge this gap by means of one thing that connects the two populations—the love of soccer.

Seventy-five Jewish and Arab children arrived earlier this month at Givat Haviva, where they spent three days at a soccer-themed summer camp. Between the games and the breaks, the staff talked to the children about the friendship, love, and solidarity possible between the two societies, Jewish and Arab.
The children, mostly sixth graders, come from towns and cities in Wadi Ara and the Triangle area. Jewish communities taking part include Pardes Hanna-Karkur and Gan Hashomron. The Arab children came from Baqa al-Garbiyeh, Barta'a, Iksal, and Kafr Qara. Read More