Jews and Palestinians Unite in Board Games

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Source: Flickr, PhotographyByBenjamin. https://www.flickr.com/photos/photographybybenjamin/5166022213

Palestinians and Israelis have not gotten along very well for many years. There are tensions between the two Middle Eastern groups that have to do with race, religion, and many other factors. Occasionally, these tensions erupt in violence. However, recently, members of both countries have come together in peaceful unity around one common interest: Backgammon.

Backgammon (or shesh besh, as it’s called locally) is a board game where the goal is to move all of your pieces around the board and back to the starting point before the other person can move theirs.

An activist group from Jerusalem called Kulna Yerushalayim (which means, “We are all Jerusalem”) organized the event in an attempt to bring the two groups together. In fact, the very name Kulna Yerushalayim is made up of two words, one of which is Hebrew and the other Arabic. The goal was to get people who ordinarily would believe they were enemies to sit down face-to-face and realize that we are all just humans, and we have much more in common than we have differences.

For those not interested in playing Backgammon, the event had music and dancing, as well.