Click here for PDF Edition

2015-11-20 digital edition

ABOUT US   |   ADVERTISE   |   DEADLINES   |   PR INFO   |   SUBMIT   |   DELIVERY   |   CONTACT US  |  FEEDBACK
TODAY in the Jewish World:

Click on logo for link:



Click on logo for link:

The Jewish Press of Tampa and the Jewish Press of Pinellas County are Independently- owned biweekly Jewish community newspapers published in cooperation with and supported by the Tampa JCC & Federation and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, respectively. Copyright © 2009-2018 The Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc., All Rights Reserved.


 

November 20, 2015  RSS feed
World News

Text: T T T

Israeli president and London mayor kick around soccer ball with Jewish, Arab kids


Israeli President Reuven Rivlin prepares to kick the ball as London Mayor Boris Johnson looks on at a soccer match that brought together Jewish and Arab children in Israel. The program is supported by the British Embassy. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin prepares to kick the ball as London Mayor Boris Johnson looks on at a soccer match that brought together Jewish and Arab children in Israel. The program is supported by the British Embassy. President of Israel Reuven Rivlin and the London Mayor Boris Johnson on Tuesday, Nov. 10, kicked off the new soccer season in Jerusalem of the ‘Equalizer’ organization, which works with about 140 schools across Israel to build confidence and understanding between Jewish and Arab children.

The president and mayor met with local children and joined in as they held an exhibition friendly match. Before the match, held in Jerusalem, the two conducted a private meeting in which they discussed the importance of coexistence projects – such as Equalizer which was supported by the British Embassy in Israel – and opportunities to deepen cooperation between Israel and the UK.

The men were then received on the soccer pitch by children ranging in ages from 10-12, representing teams from the Jewish school of Geulim and from the Arab school in Ein Rafa.

Rivlin praised the Equalizer program for working to bring together all the citizens of Israel through sport.

“Today we see young Israelis – Jewish and Muslim children – playing football not just against each other, but together,” he said. “This is just one example of coexistence between Jews and Arabs in Israel. We are cooperating together in Jaffa, in Akko, in Jerusalem, and across the country. Such coexistence can be an example for our relations with our neighbors the Palestinians, and the whole region.”

Mayor Johnson expressed his pride at the opportunity to visit Israel, and especially Jerusalem. “Bringing together young people through sport, teaches them friendship, self-esteem, and how to work as a team, and this is a wonderful thing to see,” Johnson said.


Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Click ads below for larger version