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English Reading Practice – Minds of Peace
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of Peace" is a non-
organization founded by doctor Sapir Handelman from Israel.
The mission of Minds of Peace is "to create the
conditions for peace in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by grass roots effort to
the public in the peacemaking."
What does it
Peace = 1) A quiet and
2) A situation in which there is no war or
in an area.
Grass roots = ordinary people,
than the leaders.
to make peace.
Israel = a
country in the Middle East.
It is about the size of
. It has almost 8,000,000 people. 75% of its people are
, and 20% are Arabs.
It is the only Jewish country in the
East, since all the other countries are Arab. In
, it is the only Jewish country in the world.
Palestinians = the Arab people who lived in the
that is now Israel for a very long time.
= The ongoing conflict between the state of Israel and the
The Jews had several
kingdoms in Israel, many many years ago.
Then they were forced out of Israel, but they
Not even when Israel's
was changed to "Palestine" hundreds of years ago.
In the end of the 19th
, more and more Jews
the little groups of Jews already living in Palestine, and
They greatly developed it with
, cities, schools and businesses. They also
many lands, and so the Arabs (Palestinians) who lived there had to leave.
to many conflicts and many Arab
on the Jews.
After the Second
War, both the Arabs and the Jews had
to the land.
1947, the United Nations recommended the creation of an
Arab state and an independent Jewish state in what was then Palestine.
In other words, they
dividing it into two separate states, with Jerusalem placed under
The Jews in Palestine
the plan and were very happy. The Palestinian Arabs
Soon after, the British left Palestine.
, Lebanese, Syrian, Iraqi, and Egyptian troops invaded Palestine in order to
The Jews won the war and
the modern State of Israel.
From that point
, Israel had several wars with its Arab neighbors and many more conflicts with the
Palestinian population under its
There were many
deaths and much destruction, for
claim these two nations can never live
in peace. But is that really true?
Doctor Sapir Handelman from the "Minds of Peace" organization
. And he has some very good
is "to create the social conditions for peace in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by grass roots effort to involve the public in the peacemaking."
It means that the
and common people from both sides meet and discuss the different
, and like
beings, try to find the best solutions.
are that these sincere attempts
succeed, and the participants manage to "sign a peace
." If only the
were as successful as them...