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How language ‘dating’ is speeding up Jewish-Palestinian reconciliation

In Jerusalem, a project based on speed dating is bringing people together to bridge the Hebrew-Arabic divide

Rinat Harash

A small group of Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem, a city of political, religious and cultural divisions, is trying to bridge a Hebrew-Arabic language gap with learning modelled on speed dating.

About 20 students meet weekly at a 19th-century villa and sitting together, Jew facing Arab, they practise each other’s language, guided by cards spelling out simple scenarios that prompt dialogue.

When a whistle sounds every 20 minutes, participants rotate with new partners across tables arranged under colourful murals...

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