Century Marks

Crisis on ice: A team of amateur Israeli and Palestinian explorers climbed a previously unscaled moutain in the Antarctic, and at the summit the six men and two women unfurled their national flags and read a statement supporting a nonviolent solution to the conflict back home: “We have proven that Palestinians and Israelis can cooperate with one another with mutual respect and trust. We hereby declare that our peoples can and deserve to live together in peace and friendship.” The group, which included two former Fatah activists and an Israeli special forces veteran, dealt with controversies along the way. They argued about Yasir Arafat, especially since he had endorsed their mission and invited them to visit him once they arrived home. And one of the Palestinians stirred up dissension by arguing that the Jews have no right to the Temple Mount. They even argued over what to name the mountain they were climbing.


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