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Jews and Arabs CAN live side by side – and here’s proof

There’s certainly no shortage of initiatives for Israelis and Palestinians to participate in together. Marches for peace, interfaith soccer leagues, environmental initiatives, charity projects, and so many other projects give us glimmers of hope when the political situation gets tiring. Even with all the negative news out there, ordinary people still get together to break [...]

How The Abrahamic Religions Interpret Peace

On the surface, some may assume that Christianity, Judaism and Islam couldn’t be more different. After all, their houses of worship are different, their holidays are different and their names for God are different. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth! Christianity, Judaism and Islam are referred to as the “Abrahamic” religions because they [...]

Water: A Substance So Strong, It Even Makes Peace Possible!

It doesn’t really come as a surprise that ample water resources can be difficult to come by in the Middle East. The area is actually the most water-stressed region in the world. Much of the Middle East is a dry, arid desert with few natural resources and a severe lack of rainfall. This means that [...]

Islands Of Peace Believes The Thanksgiving Spirit Can Live On Year-Round

While Thanksgiving Day has passed, the spirit of Thanksgiving should be cultivated and expressed all year long. While not necessary a religious holiday, Thanksgiving’s cornerstone theme, gratitude, is one with deeply religious roots. In Islam, gratitude is shown on three levels: to recognize when gratitude is necessary, to express gratitude, and to demonstrate that gratitude [...]

By | 2017-12-14T14:51:51-04:00 November 27th, 2017|Coexistence, Thanksgiving, United Abrahamic Family|0 Comments

How Social Media Spreads Messages of Peace

Social media is a key tool for communication today, particularly in areas marred by political conflict. Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are well-known for giving a voice to those who likely wouldn’t have a platform otherwise. In recent years, these same platforms have played a major role in how religious and ethnic groups relate [...]

By | 2017-10-16T23:17:45-04:00 October 16th, 2017|Coexistence, Islands of Peace, Peace, Social Media|0 Comments

The Jewish and Muslim new year celebration coincide this year. What can we learn from this?

Rosh Hashanah and Muharram, the Jewish and Muslim new year celebrations, fall out on the same dates this year (Sept. 21-22, 2017). The two holidays are celebrated very differently. Rosh Hashanah is considered one of the holiest days of the year in Judaism, with days spent in prayer, self-introspection and pledges to do better next [...]

By | 2017-09-18T12:46:55-04:00 September 18th, 2017|Coexistence, Muharram, Rosh Hashanah|0 Comments

The Environment Knows No Political Borders

Pollution problems in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank are well-known and seem to be getting worse. The World Health Organization has identified high levels of pollutants in all the region’s urban areas. In Gaza, chemical and microbiological contaminants in drinking water are causing health problems. And in the West Bank, there’s an ongoing battle [...]

The Menorah Islands Project continues to ‘build bridges’ around the world

It was just a few short months ago that our umbrella organization, Islands of Peace Inc, received its not-for-profit status. Since then, we’ve been hard at work doing what we do best: building bridges. Collaboration and connection are at the very core of the Menorah Islands Project. Every inch of our artificial island complex is [...]

By | 2017-07-27T15:11:13-04:00 July 27th, 2017|Artificial Islands, Coexistence, Milestones|0 Comments

Aravrit Demonstrates The People’s Passion For Coexistence

There’s a beautiful coexistence project coming out of Israel, and we at the Menorah Islands Project couldn’t be happier to see it take off! Artist Liron Lavi Turkenich has developed an Arabic-Hebrew script called “Aravrit” which stitches the two alphabets together into one joint typeface. This writing system, which contains 638 characters, consists of Arabic [...]

World Leaders Know: All Abrahamic Faiths Are Connected To The Middle East’s Holy Sites

It is almost impossible to take a step in the Middle East without bumping into a place with historical and religious importance. Ancient tombs, houses of worship, sites of revelations and prophecies, and even entire cities have been written about in scriptures, accounted for in historical records and held tightly in the collective memories of [...]