Hat tip to Ynetnews for writing about this. Three Jewish Israelis sit and discuss Israel with three Palestinians. In Arabic.
From the Israeli side, Avi Melamed, a history teacher by profession, Yohanan Tzoref, an academic and expert on Palestinian affairs, and Yoni Yahav, a student, were invited to participate on the panel.
As they conversed in fluent Arabic, the three confronted their Palestinian counterparts who were invited to the broadcast on a series of issues on the political agenda. The Palestinian panel members were Ayesha a-Sayafi, a nurse by profession, Ayoub a-Tutanji, a student, and Dr. Jamal Amar, a building engineer.
This took place live, in Arabic, on BBC’s Arabic service. This is a good thing because there are few Israeli voices heard unfiltered in the Arab world.
This serves as another reminder that half of Israel’s population comes from the East, many from Arab lands. A reminder to those who continue to falsely claim that Israel is a foreign European colony in the Middle East.
In any case, I can’t understand a word of what is being discussed, but watching sections of the debate (it flips in and out of the discussion, but look for the parts where 3 Israelis are seated across from the 3 Palestinians) is fascinating. The passion of the debate on both sides is evident.