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Letter: Nafshi working for peace

This letter is in response to the column by Robert Azzi (Sunday Monitor Forum, July 27) and his use of Rabbi Robin Nafshi and her thoughtful essay (Monitor Forum, July 23) as a departing point for his allegations against Israel.

When the hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians of Gaza began, we were with Rabbi Nafshi in Israel on a trip she had arranged that included not only tours of the historical and cultural sites but also meetings with progressive Jews to gain insight into the “other side” of the Israeli populace; the side that longs for a two-state solution and peace between Israelis and the Palestinians.

In addition, our meetings included a Palestinian who is co-director of Kids4Peace in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Nafshi is the co-chairwoman of Kids4Peace and next month, in large part because of her efforts, this group will sponsor the visit of 18 12- and 13-year-old kids to New Hampshire, of whom six will be Palestinian Muslims, six Palestinian Christians and six Jews, all from Jerusalem and the surrounding Palestinian areas.

These 18 boys and girls will spend 10 days with 18 similarly aged kids from New Hampshire and Vermont – also six Jews, six Christians and six Muslims.

These kids will play together, swim together, eat together and sleep together for 10 days, but most of all they will learn about each other.

This is the way Robin Nafshi is striving to bring peace to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

SUSAN PALMER TERRY

Concord

(The letter was also signed by Kenneth Barnes and Jean Buck of Hopkinton, Russell Aubertin of Concord and Janet Gail Besser of Needham, Mass.)

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