Coexistence and Cooperation Between Israelis and Palestinians: The Untold Story

Daniel Gavron, Arnold Wesker

03/02/2008 3:15 pm

Holy Land Mosaic tells of Daniel Gavron’s personal journey through the relatively unknown territory of Israeli-Palestinian coexistence, cooperation, partnership, and friendship that exists despite the reality of enmity and daily violence.

It penetrates behind the cliches to meet the individual human beings: Jews and Muslims, Israelis, Palestinians, Druze, and others. Encompassing projects involving both Jewish and Arab Israeli citizens in Israel, and cross-border programmes involving West Bank Arabs and Israelis, it ranges from the olive groves of Samaria to the caves of the Hebron hills, and from Galilee to the Negev. We visited Haifa and Hebron, Jerusalem and Jaffa, Tel Aviv and Tulkarm.

We’ve witnessed joint efforts to preserve civil rights, an Israeli group that rebuilds demolished Arab homes, bilingual Hebrew-Arabic schools, a village where Jews, Christians, and Muslims live together in continuous dialogue, and a college in the Arava, where Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians study the environment. Sports, music, theater, journalism, medicine, research, interfaith encounters, and projects for youth are only some of the topics covered.

While not evading the bitter reality of the Jewish-Arab conflict, the author disclosed that there are still points of light and a few remaining islands of sanity.

Daniel Gavron

A former staff member of both Israel Radio and The Jerusalem Post, Daniel Gavron has published nine books in English on Jewish and Israeli subjects. Born in London, he has lived in Israel since 1960. He has been a kibbutznik, a moshavnik, and a founding citizen of a Negev development town. The father of three adult Israelis, and grandfather of six, he lives near Jerusalem with his wife of fifty years and his dog.

Arnold Wesker

Arnold Wesker, considered one of the key figures in 20th Century drama, is the author of 42 plays, 4 volumes of short stories, 2 volumes of essays, a book on journalism, a children\'s book, extensive journalism, poetry and other assorted writings. His plays have been translated into 17 languages, and performed worldwide. 2002 celebrated his 70th birthday and his 45th year as a playwright. 2006 celebrated his knighthood.