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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 state.
2) A situation in which there is no war or in an area.

Grass roots = ordinary people, than the leaders.

Peacemaking = 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 Palestinian-Israeli = 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 forgot it.

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 the country.

They greatly developed it with , cities, schools and businesses. They also many lands, and so the Arabs (Palestinians) who lived there had to leave.

This 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 control.

The Jews in Palestine the plan and were very happy. The Palestinian Arabs the plan.

Soon after, the British left Palestine. , Lebanese, Syrian, Iraqi, and Egyptian troops invaded Palestine in order to the Jews.

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 sides.

Some 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 .

His 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.

The good are that these sincere attempts succeed, and the participants manage to "sign a peace ." If only the were as successful as them...