Jenin, Shechem Palestinians to Visit Southern Israel Towns

Roughly 200 people from Jenin and Shechem due to visit Israeli communities 'to see what happened here', understand other side.
By Shimon Cohen
First Publish: 10/20/2014, 5:08 PM

Israeli home damaged by Gaza rocket
Israeli home damaged by Gaza rocket
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A delegation of Palestinian Arabs from Jenin and Shechem (Nablus) will be visiting Gaza Belt communities on Monday, a source revealed to Arutz Sheva - ostensibly in the name of peace.

"They want to know our side of the story," the source, an Israeli activist, on condition of anonymity.

The source added that two full buses of Arabs were due to arrive in the region, "to see what happened here."

"The idea is that they will return home and be our advocates," the source said.

Stops in the communities include a tour of Israeli hospitals treating Gazan children, as well as the checkpoint on the border with Gaza which funnel thousands of pounds of humanitarian supplies into the region.

The organizers believe, according to the source, that "if there is quiet everything will be smooth." 

"We didn't start the war," the source said. "We will ask them [Palestinians]: what do you want? Do you want to live? If you want it, go influence your Hamas brothers to be the voice of peace." 

The idea is "to show them exactly what's going on here," he added. "We will present the destruction here. The intention is that they will understand that peace, quiet, and personal security are the essence of life." 

Visitors will leave at 8:00 am and visit the Jalama checkpoint, Nahal Oz, Kerem Shalom, and the Erez crossing. Tour guides will lead the group and explain Israel's side of the story. 

But it was the Palestinians, not the Israelis, who allegedly sparked the idea for the visit - leading to some fears that it is actually a reconnaisance mission. 

The source rejected the concern, however. 

"The Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) confirmed the visit," he claimed. "They know what they're doing."