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Might meeting at the Supermarket Open our Eyes??

In Gush Etzion there are some attempts to increase the consciousness of Israeli Jews living here that they have neighbors who are more than the "water drawers and woodcutters". (Here they are our "pumpers of gas and cement layers")

It is not an easy task, but thank G~d there are some of the younger generation here who believe that proper relationships between our people?People is more than providing employment or offering a cup of coffee to the construction worker.

But who would have thought that an impersonal Chain Store, like the Rami Levi Supermarket chain, might be a new venue for some interaction.

The following is a note from one of the young activists who dropped by the new Rami Levi that just opened at the Gush Etzion Junction.

Perhaps this is just an anecdote, but it is a human one. Will this intermingling open our eyes to their real life existence here?
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Dear All, Shalom to All, Salaam!

Today the Rami Levi Supermarket opened at the Gush Etzion Junction.

I was there and i saw Settlers and Palestinians standing on line at the
check-out counter. Some not looking at each other in the eyes..while
some were happy and smiling.

Maybe at the Super, a place of day to day meetings. there is the simple possibility of really living together.

הלוואי!!
Oh, how I wish it! If only it would be! Inshallah! From my mouth to G~d's
ears! Halevai!!

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Comment by Myron Joshua on June 24, 2010 at 10:39am
I am afraid that Alice's "oh if only it were that simple" is close to the truth. There are so many opportunities that are missed, but at least this setting offers the opportunity for those who care to move onwards..the next step.
The deli counter? perhaps. Maybe the store manager will use the opportunity to invite locals (Jews and Palestinians, to sell their wares, handicrafts, etc. (Ok, i know..now its my job to suggest this to him :)
Comment by alice faye on June 24, 2010 at 7:18am
Didn't mean to sound harsh , but I live in eastern N C . and lets just say that in the last election cycle, N C turned from red to blue solely due to the Research Triangle an the large number of academics who reside in the Peidmont (central) part of the ole Tarheel state .
Comment by Hayyim Feldman on June 23, 2010 at 8:48pm
Awesome! Possible next step: a deli counter at the supermarket with a few tables (or a shaded picnic table outside) where people can sit and talk. {:^)

Alice, I'm surprised by your comment about the current degree of interracial bitterness and hatred. I see from your profile page that you live in North Carolina. I live in Somerville Massachusetts, near Boston, and I don't see anything remotely like that happening here. (Though neither have racial hostilities and racial oppression abated.) What is going on in North Carolina?
Comment by alice faye on June 17, 2010 at 8:58pm
Oh if only it were that simple. Here in the United States we've been standing in line together for generations with some not making eye contact while others laugh and talk with each other --and yet , in my lifetime I have never witnessed such bitterness and hatred among races as we are now currently experiencing .

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