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Israeli women of different faiths breaking down barriers in Louisville

Israeli women of different faiths breaking down barriers in Louisville
Published: Sep. 28, 2016 at 7:53 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2016 at 8:13 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A group of 17 women from across the world are making a stop in Louisville. They have a simple message, that they are more alike than they are different.

They are Arab and Israeli women from Israel -- Muslims, Christians and Jews. They are breaking down barriers by creating a dialogue. They've been in the United States for the past week, traveling around Indiana and now Louisville, hoping to bring change.

"We have a lot in common," said Yael Haimovitz, who is Jewish.

"We are all humans," said Momtaha Kandeel, who is Muslim.

Added Tali Jacoby, who is Jewish: "We all want our kids to grow up peacefully."

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The women come from a troubled part of the world.

"We live in the north of Israel next to the Lebanese border," Jacoby said. "We went through two wars from Lebanon and lots of fighting and terrorist attacks."

Years of conflict have led to years of turmoil. But, the ladies realize they can agree to disagree respectfully.

"We are born just one time," said Dalia Shehadeh who is a Christian. "We live one time so, why we have to live all the time fighting?"

Added Jacoby: "We dance together, we laugh together, we cry together."

The women talk and more importantly listen to one another, and are sharing what they've learned to schools, mosques, temples and churches.

"(We) sit down and look at each other's eyes and talk," Kandeel said. "It's really easy."

They have formed a bond and hope to show the world it can be done.

"Take us as a symbol and how we make a huge, huge change in our area," Haimovitz said.

Partnership Together and Jewish Federation of Louisville helped organize and host the group. The ladies will be headed back to Israel on Thursday.

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