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Hockey Breaks Ice for Arab and Jewish Teens


Society & Culture  (tags: children, culture, education, family, freedoms, interesting, society, tolerance, understanding, hockey, Israel, Golan Heights, Arabs, Jews )

Lynn
- 378 days ago - sportingnews.com
An Arab-Jewish hockey team has become an unlikely icebreaker in this remote corner of northern Israel, overcoming barriers of language, culture and conflict. See more links in the first comment.



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Lynn Squance (224)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 9:00 pm
When I was out this afternoon, I happened upon a programme called The Neutral Zone on TSN (The Sports Network). Now I am not a particular sports fan, but I liked what I saw. Hockey in the Israeli desert with Arab and Jewish kids changing attitudes one hockey puck at a time.

This is not an Arab story. It is not a Jewish story. It is a story about understanding and respect, the first steps of peace. Some of these kids say "I don't like Arab because they always send bombs over my house." and similar concerns from Arab kids. But that seems to disappear when the kids come together on a hockey rink.

Hockey in Metula, Israel, building peace one person at a time.

The Neutral Zone trailer
 

Cal Mendelsohn (968)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:29 pm
WOW LYNN, as some of you may know, i'm a huge fan of the NY Rangers and hockey in general. Part of it goes back to the early playing days of my youth and the great power of the sport to inspire confidence, comraderie and passion in all who play and watch it diligently This is one great article Lynn and I'll promote it because I think it should be shared with the world.
 

Cal Mendelsohn (968)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:30 pm
Yes, and by the way, 'Miracle" the story of the miraculous 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team is one of my favorite movies--- period!
 

Mariann Rannenberg (131)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:59 pm
Good news Cal!!
 

Leslene Dunn (68)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 12:08 am
Noted.
 

FranNOMAILPLS Darcy (210)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 12:11 am
done.
 

Birgitta S. (221)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 12:48 am
noted. Grazie, Cal~
 

Alfred Donovan (44)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 2:01 am
These kids are showing their elders the way forward..Good luck to them.
 

Christeen Anderson (469)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 2:17 am
Best of luck in their attempt to move forward. Thanks for sharing.
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 3:59 am
noted, thanks Lynn and Cal for the forward
 

Maggie Kearns (5)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 6:27 am
Thanks Cal and Lynn! Bless them all!
 

tasunka m. (335)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 8:08 am
Noted, this is what war should look like.
Sports competition is all we ever need.
 

Alfiya T. (58)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 9:22 am
Noted. Thank you for sharing!
 

Sheila S. (66)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 1:35 pm
Very interesting article. I did a little research on my own, since the linked story goes back an entire year. More update info can be found in the current Montreal Gazette, which highlights the team and the film, which just aired.
 

Ana Fontan (16)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 2:07 pm
Very noteworthy, indeed. Thanks Lynn and thnx Cal for forwarding the post!
 

Carol D. (104)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 2:14 pm
Thats great noted thanks
 

Jaime A. (32)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 2:42 pm
Great, thanks.!!
 

Vicky P. (461)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 2:56 pm
that's great
 

Dandelion G. (374)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 4:12 pm
There are always alternatives to war. This is one of them.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (272)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 4:22 pm
WELL SAID DANDELION
 

Judy C. (106)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 5:43 pm
What a great idea this benefactor had, and kudos to the Canadians. It is extremely sad when some countries' only interaction is violence and disrespect. This is the biggest waste of money and time. We need much more interaction in the realms of games and the arts. In spite of how much damage we do in the world, people in many countries still love our culture. Sorry to be facetious, but I wish the leaders would just have a death match and leave the rest of us alone! Thanks for this story Lynn, and to Cal for pointing it out.
 

Michael O. (168)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 5:46 pm
If there was ever any doubt that hockey is the world's greatest sport, this erases it!!! ;)
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 6:02 pm
"The coach, parents and sponsors all acknowledge the project is only a small step toward real peace in the region. And while many players said they were not necessarily close friends, they said the meetings have changed the way they view each other."

This is awesome! Through the younger generation is the only way I can see possible peace ever coming to our planet.

- That, and a phenominal well-versed and well- learned female President, LOL! Thanks Lynn S. and Cal for the forward.

~L.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 6:06 pm
P.S. I'm a hockey fan too Cal, and I got to see the Rangers play many moons ago against the Tulsa Ice Oilers...don't recall how that game came about..

I was just there to see all the cute Canadian hockey players. :P

Now, no one bash me for being sexist, LOL!! - I've always liked hockey, though now, it's only by tv that I get to see it, and then only rarely ;-)

~L.
 

Sheila D. (24)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 7:17 pm
Great article. Just goes to show all of us what can be done if we allow the children to come together.
 

Konstantin Trubin (552)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 7:53 pm
Noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 10:54 pm
Great news
 

John De Avalon (35)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 5:58 am
Great stuff! Sport breaks down barriers and brings people together...
 

Winn Adams (187)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 10:28 am
Wow, this is terrific!
 

Susan Allen (218)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 4:48 pm
Noted and shared
 

Melissa Chapman (284)
Friday June 28, 2013, 6:09 pm
Getting the children together is a great idea. Hoping it will improve their lives in the future.
 

Eternal Gardener (702)
Friday June 28, 2013, 8:39 pm
I'm not one for sports, but this brought a smile of hope!
 

Lynn Squance (224)
Friday June 28, 2013, 9:12 pm
Thanks everyone!

Personally, I think that these kids could teach the NHL players a thing or two about respect on the ice! I used to enjoy hockey . . . hell I was the goalie on the neighbourhood team. Probably the only goalie you'd ever see in figure skates and pillows tied to her shins with binder twine. My brother always had the shin pads. The absolute best game I ever watched was at the old Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the NY Rangers back in 1969. We were sitting up high which was fine by me because I could see all the play. The game ended in a 1-1 tie and there was 1 penalty the entire game. The action was fast and furious, up and down the ice. Good clean hockey!

@ Sheila S --- I came across some other articles too but because they involved Canada's Prime Minister getting some face time with the time, I chose this. That and the Neutral Zone was just aired on 26/06/13.
 

Dave C. (209)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 11:20 am
fantastic....anything that might help create peace anywhere on earth is wonderful
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 11:34 am
Good news, thank you Cal.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 5:06 pm
Noted. Thanks, Lynn...and Cal for the link.
So good to read the positive aspects of this for those kids.
 
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