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'Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies' online campaign goes viral

An Israeli student, living in the US, is said to have launched an online campaign in an attempt to initiate dialogue between Jewish and Arab communities.

Abraham Gutman and Dania Darwish, both students at Hunter College in New York, created the hashtag #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemiesamid escalating violence in Gaza. More than 600 people are said to have been killed in the conflict.

Writing for The Christian Monitor,Gutman said:

For me, it is hard to watch the current escalation between Israel and Gaza from afar. I wanted to find a way to be more than a passenger, to do something about it rather than just watch the news and hope for the best.

This message is a translation of a slogan that peaceful groups in Israel have been using for years.

They are allowed to respect each other, and they are allowed to disagree and remain civil.

– Abraham Gutman

Since then, a multitude of Twitter users have posted images in support of Gutman's "peaceful" campaign:

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