Jewish And Arab People Are Posing Together In Inspiring Photos Saying "We Refuse To Be Enemies"

“My mother is Jewish. My father is Palestinian. I am their face.”

Earlier this month, the Israeli news site Ynet reported that over 300 people protested the rocket attacks on Gaza by their government, saying that people were chanting one simple message: “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies.”

That slogan has now turned into an international social media campaign against the civilian deaths in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

People are sharing photos of themselves holding pieces of paper demanding an end to the violence and supporting the civilians under attack.

Most of the people sharing photos are of Israeli and Palestinian descent.

They are using the #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies hashtag and sending their photos to the Jews and Arabs Refuse to Be Enemies Facebook page.

The Facebook page was started by an Israeli, Abraham Gutman and a Syrian, Dania Darwish.

#JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies Refuse to speak the language of hatred If hatred prevails the world is a lost place

— Elif �k / Shafak (@Elif_Safak)

There was a siren calling people in Tel Aviv to go to bomb shelters. Even from there #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies

— Abraham Gutman (@abgutman)

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Gutman said: “In the last month it was hard for us to open our social media accounts. Our feeds were full of hateful comments.”

Love>Hate #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies #Jewish #Persian #Israel #Palestine #Iran

— Sahar eftekhar (@Sahar_aurora)

#JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies Düşman olmayı,nefret dilini reddeden Filistinli & Yahudi gençler de var #barışıunutma

— Elif �k / Shafak (@Elif_Safak)

He added: “We wanted to create a community of people that oppose this kind of speech and to remind people that in the bottom line we are all just people.”

Stop the violence. Don't give in to the hate. #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies

— Stephen Redding (@81059sredding)

Half Jewish, half Muslim, 100% refuses to hate #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies

— Abraham Gutman (@abgutman)

The Facebook page’s latest update says that “as Arab-Israeli political tensions escalate, the social media discourse has become more hateful.”


— Zeynep Doruk (@zeynepdoruk)

This man, a Holocaust survivor, asked 2 take a photo after hearing me speak in LA. #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies

— Raquel E Saraswati (@RaquelEvita)

The post concludes by saying that people do not need to be the enemy of someone they’ve just met just because of their ethnicity or religion.


— Paul B. Raushenbush (@raushenbush)

at a Moroccan wedding with my host-sister and (Muslim) best friend Kenza #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies

— Ilo (@faithslips57)

From all ages #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies #Israel #Palestine #peace #Gaza #baby

— Abraham Gutman (@abgutman)

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Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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