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A Jerusalem Love Story

What happens when an Israeli and a Palestinian, separated by checkpoints, meet and fall for each other

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The couple. (Courtesy of Daniel Estrin)

It is rare for an Israeli and a Palestinian to fall in love. There are physical barriers— Israelis can’t enter Palestinian areas, and Palestinians can’t enter Israeli areas, without special permits. There are also cultural barriers—Israelis and Palestinians are enmeshed in a bitter conflict. But sometimes love can be found. A year ago, two 29-year-olds met on an online dating site. One is from Jerusalem, the other from a West Bank village. Reporter Daniel Estrin brings us their story, courtesy of the radio production house Bending Borders. It is the latest installment in our Hidden Jerusalem series. [Running time: 14:07.] 

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Love and Peace wins the war

bubbieone says:

One day…….one day the acceptance will be there. One day!

Leave together you guys…it’s so obvious that you have true love for each other. And nothing is more important than that. Good luck.

herbcaen says:

why exactly is this newsworthy?

    Tablet publishes more than just “news.” This podcast and headline tells a unique and uplifting story, and its relevance to Tablet’s mission is obvious.

    I don’t know how you define “news” but perhaps you just shouldn’t listen to/read news that you’re not interested in. I, for one, find this to be a heartwarming and inspiring story, and I’m glad that Tablet shared it.

    This sheds light on several aspects of Palestinian and Israeli life as it is affected by the conflict: worry of an Israeli found by soldiers in a Palestinian home while visiting, the reactions of the police in Israel, the need to carry papers all the time, the difficulties just to maintain a relationship (love, friendship, or otherwise) within that political situation. Plus, it’s a love story on Valentine’s week.

      herbcaen says:

      I seem to recall a few years ago, a Palestinian girl lured an Israeli boy to a town in the west bank where he was promptly lynched. That was a touching Vaentines Day story too

one day Israel will change its name to LALALAND

So, we find the sloution for the conflict it was easy, Homosexuality

Great story and report. Hope that they will be able to reconnect someday, somewhere.

War, it can kill evil men and innocent children. But war, no matter the weapons or agenda, will never kill love.

Okay! I’m literally crying here… :'(

Rachel Ayn Pichenick says:

What a beautiful, tragic story with two gorgeous souls. I hope that you find your way back to one another one day – if it is meant to be.


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A Jerusalem Love Story

What happens when an Israeli and a Palestinian, separated by checkpoints, meet and fall for each other

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