A new children’s book offers hope for a shared future

HaOkets

The children’s book Sweet Tea with Mint and Other Stories spreads hope that a different future is possible, one shared by both Jews and Arabs. In this way, its unique perspective differentiates it from other children’s books in Israel.

Marcelo Weksler

The first time I was introduced to the children’s stories in Sweet Tea With Mint and Other Stories, I was enchanted. In all, the anthology is composed of six stories, three written by Ronit Chacham in Hebrew and three written by Hadeel Nashef, Al-Tayeb Ghanayem, and Sheikha Hussain Haliwa in Arabic. The stories were then translated to Arabic and Hebrew, respectively. They focus on the Jewish holidays as well as Arab holidays, both Muslim and Christian. Sweet Tea With Mint and Other Stories is the heart of a new educational curriculum that was developed by Hagar: Jewish-Arab Education for Equality in Beer Sheva. But they also stand alone…

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