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Solidarity concert brings together Jewish, Palestinian neighbors
By Daphna Berman
Jewish residents of areas bordering the East Jerusalem village of Jabal Mukaber came out this week in support of their Palestinian neighbors with `a concert of hope.` The event was organized with the objective of showing solidarity with the residents of the Sheikh Sa`ad neighborhood, which may be cut off from the rest of the village because of the controversial separation barrier.
Pulled together by the Arab-Jewish Center of Jabal Mukaber, which operates under the slogan `neighbors to neighbors,` the concert and reception drew some 300 people, half Jewish and half Palestinian.
`The wall would separate people from their families, the center of their lives, their source of livelihood and their medical facilities,` said Hillel Bardin, a resident of Talpiyot-Arnona and one of the event organizers. `We`re seeking an alternative route around the village rather than through it. If security can be achieved without destroying these people`s lives, it is certainly preferable.`
Though the courts have previously nullified the route of the barrier that would have divided the village, the Defense Ministry has appealed this decision. The court`s final verdict is expected in the coming days.
The event drew residents from Jerusalem neighborhoods such as Talpiyot, Arnona, Armon Hanatziv and Baka, including a high concentration of Anglo participants and organizers.
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