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Wow! Look Who Helped Rebuild Burned Synagogue

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A synagogue in the port city of Haifa suffered extensive damage during the recent wildfires that ravaged much of Israel. But mourning turned to joy when an unexpected party offered to fully restore the house of worship.

The local rabbi was concerned that his congregation would not be able to cover the cost of repairs. He sent out for estimates. And what he got in return brought tears to the rabbi’s eyes.

Two local Arab timber suppliers, Walid Abu-Ahmed and Ziad Yunis, said they would supply the materials free of charge and cover all labor costs.

“I had tears in my eyes when I heard what was happening,” Rabbi Dov Hiyon told the Ynet news portal. “It was so emotional to hear that Muslims were asking to donate to a Jewish synagogue.”

Abu-Ahmed went on to debunk the notion that Arabs suffer discrimination in Israel.

“Jews and Arabs live together in Haifa, and there is no discrimination,” he said. “We must continue with this co-existence and promote peace.”

The synagogue recently hosted local Arabs – both Muslims and Christians – in a demonstration of co-existence. They urged both Jews and Arabs to look to one another, and not allow extremists to drive the agenda.

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