Problems & SOLUTIONS in Akko (Acre)

Riots between Arabs and Jews have plagued the Israeli town of Akko for days now. There has been outrageous behavior and frightening experiences for everyone. The facts of what really happened will be contested, as is expected in this ongoing conflict of Arabs and Jews. But…

John Lennon once said,
“Well I tell them there’s no problem, only solutions.”

With this in mind, here is something going on in Akko that unfortunately, you won’t read about in the newspapers:

“Peace Sukkah in Akko/Sulha Tent
Thursday, October 16, 12:00
Tentative meeting place: Outside Akko Theater
(please contact Orly for a final location 054-210-3139)

Join us in promoting reconciliation among Akko residents. 
If you want to see the crisis as an opportunity for a meeting, getting closer and reform, join us in a conversation, in creating a space which allows sharing of pain and hopes for reconciliation between Palestinians and Jews.

Activity time:
Thursday, October 16, 13:00 – 21:00
Friday, October 17, 08:00 – 15:00
For more info please contact Orly 054-210-3139 or on Facebook
Hope to see you there,
The Sulha & Sulhita Family and Al Tarik Organization”

Oh and by the way, somehow the local media outlets somehow forgot to mention this one too:

“The Citizens’ Accord Forum

Invites you to

A Sukka (tabernacle) of peace and reconciliation, accord and dialogue.
For all ages, all religious denominations, all political views,
For all the residents of Akko – Arabs and Jews
And for everyone who understands that we must switch tracks
That we must not go down the road of violent conflict

The Sukka will be open its door today, on the eve of the holyday, at the Rabin Square in the Old City of Akko, and will remain open throughout Sukkot.

In the Sukka:

Dialogue encounters between Jewish and Arab youth, organized by the Kibbutz Movement and Hashomer Hatzair youth movement.

Study encounters for Jewish, Moslem and Christian religious leaders, organized by the Citizens’ Accord Movement and led by Sheikh Abdallah Nimer Darwish and Rabbi Michael Melchior.

Art, culture and music events initiated and organized by the Coexistence Network – an initiative of the Abraham Fund and the Citizens’ Accord Forum.

For a short video clip on the construction of the Sukka please click here.

A timetable of the activities in the Sukka:

Monday-Tuesday, 13-14 October

Throughout the day Visits by Jewish and Arab schools and youth groups for joint activities

Wednesday, 15 October

“Seeds of Peace” – joint activities for Jewish and Arab youth.

“Inter Religious Encounters” – study sessions for religious leaders


Drum Circle

A theatre workshop for youth

A theatrical event

The public is invited to visit the Sukka and participate in the activities.


“Well I tell them there’s no problem, only SOLUTIONS.” –John Lennon

To be fair to the press, here is a nice entry on the peace Sukkah in Akko.

© Marc Gopin