NEW YORK (CNN) – President Dwight Eisenhower once said, “I think people want peace so much that one of these days, governments better get out of the way and let them have it.”
With the current, bloody conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, common folks who share both peoples’ heritage are trying to put Eisenhower’s observation into practice.
It goes by the hashtag, “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies.” It is a unique plea for peace for a region filled with war.
Its Facebook page may only have a few thousand likes now, but it is filled with moving messages and powerful photos of couples who won’t let religion stand in the way of love.
Like this photo showing a couple holding a sign with the hashtag. Journalist Sulome Anderson, who’s half Lebanese, embracing her Jewish boyfriend, posted the photo on twitter, with the caption:
“He calls me neshama (Hebrew for darling), I call him habibi (Arabic for “my beloved”)…love doesn’t speak the language of occupation #jewsandarabsrefusetobeenemies.
And this photo posted by an Arab/Jewish couple in the United Sates. Holding a sign that reads: “We cohabitate in peace. That’s also a solution.”
Families of mixed heritage are sending a message on social networks. This caption reads that Jasmine is Israeli, Osama is Palestinian. Their message? “We are family…there is an alternative.”
This young girl’s photo posted to twitter with the #jewsandarabsrefusetobeenemies poses a simple question. “My mum is Jewish. My dad is Muslim. So, ‘how can I be an enemy of myself?’”
Organizers hope if the message is taught to everyone this young, then the devastating cycle of violence that has gripped generations can finally be broken.