Princeton Students Foster Muslim-Jewish Understanding

April 23, 2004

Source: The Princeton Packet

On April 23, 2004 The Princeton Packet reported, "Don't tell Rasha Al-Duwaisan, Haylee Cohen and Marc Grinberg that Muslims and Jews can't get along. Despite tensions caused by the Middle East dispute, Muslims and Jews can get along fine, the three Princeton University students say. The three helped coordinate a loose affiliation of students from the Muslim Student Association and the Center for Jewish Life. The result, Muslim-Jewish Dialogue, has brought students together to learn about each other's societies and cultures over hummus and pitas. The rule: No politics, Mr. Grinberg, a junior politics major from Palo Alto, Calif., said. 'We avoid the tension and baggage that comes from politics,' Mr. Grinberg said... By organizing a joint program through the Center for Jewish Life and the Muslim Student Association, the group was eligible for funds from the Bildner Foundation, which promotes programs between diverse groups, Mr. Grinberg said. 'The emphasis is on cultural similarities,' said Ms. Al-Duwaisan, a sophomore in international affairs from Kuwait. 'And to learn from the differences.'"