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Dialing for Peace

Israeli and Palestinians who have lost children use phone to pierce soundproof curtain.

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/dialing_for_peace_20030404

In the past two years, a soundproof curtain has descended on dialogue between individuals in Israel on the one hand and Gaza and the West Bank on the other. Without the possibility of interchange, it is but a small step to collective demonization of the other. If Palestinians and Israelis are linked by anything, it seems to be fear and mistrust. Now a one-of-a-kind social experiment has stepped into the void, attempting to pierce the soundproof curtain. Not between politicians. Not between delegations. Not between professional groups. Not between celebrities. With supreme -- and perhaps naive -- faith in the common man, a local group has come up with a scheme to allow Palestinians and Israelis a first step in one-to-one contact: giving them the opportunity to talk.

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