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Palestinian And Israeli Citizens Start Grassroots Efforts For Empathy

RAFAH, GAZA - JANUARY 24: A Palestinian man stand next to the fence as he flashes V-sign while people (not pictured) transpor
RAFAH, GAZA - JANUARY 24: A Palestinian man stand next to the fence as he flashes V-sign while people (not pictured) transport goods they bought in Egypt back into the Gaza Strip, after they crossed the Rafah border into Egypt over a barrier destroyed by masked Palestinian militants overnight January 24, 2008 in Rafah, Gaza . Thousands of Palestinians poured through dozens of holes in the wall, rushing to buy food and other staples that are in short supply due to an Israeli blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza. (Photo by Abid Katib/Getty Images)

Empathy is not a common trait between Israelis and Palestinians. They have a stake in the same piece of land, and two completely different justifications for it. Even their history books tell different stories. According to a five-year study of Israeli and Palestinian textbooks conducted by the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land, children on both sides of the conflict, starting at about age five, are taught wildly different versions of the same historical events, with each side’s version ignoring the other side almost completely.

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