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Arab and Jewish youth to take part in five-day campaign in Jaffa

July 15, 2008 1:12 P.M. (Updated: July 15, 2008 1:12 P.M.)
Jaffa - Ma'an - Reut, a Jewish-Arab movement in Jaffa, south of the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, has initiated a five-day campaign of joint participation calling for a better future for Arabs and Jews alike.

Through the project they say they want to move towards changing what they call the unjust conditions under which the Palestinian people have been living since the creation of Israel 60 years ago. Their mission is embodied in the campaign's slogan, "no peace can be achieved without justice. We can create a better future together."

The young people will spend five days and nights in Jaffa taking part in a wide range of activities. In an attempt to tell the untold story the participants will ask passersby to share their own life stories. This is also seen as a means to restore the use of Arabic in public places, to which end they will also write out the names of shops in Arabic as well as painting murals in public places.

The group will also be initiating arts projects in an attempt to highlight the importance of art in the struggle. The young people will have the opportunity to create short films, plays and music, all with a view to highlighting the current situation and the possibility for change.

Jaffa is seen by Palestinians as an important city in their struggle for justice. Ra'ot argue that the remaining Arab population is slowly being pushed out of the city and their identity as Palestinians is constantly being challenged. Through projects such as this they are attempting to change the situation.

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