Israeli Arabs and Jews told to kiss, what happens next is beautiful
Kissing a stranger is much less strange than war.
Can unconditional love end the Israeli, Palestinian conflict?
In short, yes. Unconditional love would end the conflict.
But how do enemies summon love of that kind? Love that transcends history and defies cultural learning?
Not all Israeli Jews hate Arabs and not all Israeli Arabs hate Jews. This is obvious. In fact, the majority of people are not filled with hatred. But hatred is so belligerent that it seems larger than it is and can overwhelm the reasonable.
In the video above, Time Out Israel tried to counter extreme hatred with extreme love. It was inspired when the Israeli government banned a book--Borderlife by Dorit Rabinyan--depicting a love story between an Israeli translator and a Palestinian artist.
The book was banned because the Ministry of Education thought it might threaten a young person's understanding of assimilation, which is code for: Israeli Arabs and Jews do not belong together.
This is a false idea. Israeli Arabs and Jews coexist peacefully all over the place and many Israeli Arabs and Jews love one another--nothing is wrong about this.
So to make this reality clearer, Time Out invited Israeli Arabs and Jews to kiss in protest.
Some of the participants knew one another, others were strangers.
The set is bare: just woman and man, woman and woman or man and man.
It's awkward at first, but the couples gradually become comfortable and their interaction blends into something beautiful. The video is a challenge to extremism everywhere. It's a challenge to the idea that only more fighting can end the fighting, that only more bloodshed will work. It's a challenge to the idea that just because you are born in a specific country or into a religion means you have to regard another country or religion with hate.
And eventually this challenge will win. Because hatred is never natural. It can always be conquered by love.