Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

December 30, 2004

Peace through Disaster

Filed under: — Different River @ 5:44 pm

It never ceases to amaze me how, here in the United States, people from ethnic and religious groups that are constantly fighting elsewhere often get along fine. I used to live in a neighborhood with lots of Indians and Pakistanis, and they shopped at the same grocery stores, sari shops, jewelry stores, and so on. I grew up in an area with a lot of Asians, and I knew Japanese and Koreans who were good friends with each other. And of course (of course?) , I’ve known Muslims who shop for kosher food, since it meets and exceeds the requirements of halal.

The same seems to be true elsewhere as well, as shown by this story of some tourists in Thailand — an Israeli couple and a Palestinian couple who rode out The Wave on top of the same van:

Yossi and Inbar Gross said they were spending their honeymoon in the Thai resort of Phuket when the area was overwhelmed by a wall of water.

“What happened was, we and this Palestinian couple jumped on the roof of this Ford van,” Yossi Gross told Israel Army Radio. “Below us was a raging river, a sea that washed up into the city and dragged everything along with it. Everything was wrecked, everything was ruined.”

Gross said they stayed with the Palestinian couple on the van’s roof for more than four hours before they were able to climb down.

[He] said he and the Palestinians exchanged phone numbers and intend to keep in close touch.

“Friends?” he said. “Of course we are. Absolutely.”

It also says the Israeli did not give the names of the Palestinians he’s now friends with. Good thing, since if he did they’d probably be killed when they got home for “collarborating with the Zionists.”

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