Palestinians, Israelis Broke Bread to Commemorate 9/11 Together

September 17, 2009

Author: Judith Sudilovsky

Source: Ecumenical News International

Indicating a loaf of sweet braided bread on the table, the Muslim man, asked a group of Jews sharing the meal with him: "Why do you eat only this type of bread at the Sabbath meal?" 

Haysam Pakir, a 30-year-old Muslim from Nablus, a Palestinian city in the northern part of the West Bank, was speaking at a dinner held to commemorate the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. 

Along with some 120 other Israelis, Palestinians and people of other nationalities, Pakir attended the meeting at the Beit Jalla Talitha Kumi Lutheran School near Bethlehem to mark 9/11 and commit to a better future in the troubled region of the Middle East.