Residents of an Israeli-Arab village painted their mosque blue and white in honor of the Jewish state’s 60th anniversary.
Breaking with many Israeli Arabs who have declared they will boycott next month’s celebrations, residents of A-Taibe in the Gilboa region have painted the dome of their mosque in the national colors.
“We are citizens of the State of Israel,” village elder Hisham Zouabi, explained to the daily newspaper Ma’ariv. “For us religion encourages us to bring nations together. The goal is simple: coexistence. A Jew who comes here should not feel that the place is hostile but like home.”
A-Taibe has approximately 2,000 residents and reports excellent relations with nearby Jewish communities.