Arab, Jewish youth on landmark Holocaust study in Poland
Monday, 27 February 2012
“We are 300 kids, from 18 schools from across Israel with nearly half and half Jews and Arabs, and it’s working,” Tamar Gal Sarai, a Jewish educator working with the Amal Group School System of Israeli told AFP.
“We’ve been to (former Nazi German death camps) Auschwitz, Majdanek and Treblinka,” Gal Sarai said of the innovative Holocaust education project dubbed “We Are All One Living, Human Tapestry.”
“We’re trying to create a multi-cultural dialogue, because most of the motivation for hate is fear,” Gal Sarai said.
“We believe that if you bring up the universal values, everyone can get attached to it and learn: Yes, the Holocaust was mostly against Jews, but if the Muslims were there with us in those years, they would have been killed with us too,” she told AFP, pronouncing the trip “an amazing success.”
“We have been very touched here as humans,” said Galal Safadi, an Arab-Israeli educator in charge of non-formal education for Arab youth in Israel at the education ministry.