GTS Reports on Sport
Unknown to many, Israelis/Palestinians/Assorted Others play sport together despite/through /with the conflict.
If you want to play football, you go to Sacher park near the entrance to the city. If you want to play basketball, you go to the Bell park near Baka.
The system is the same at both places. You sit on a nearby wall till one of the two teams playing loses, then the next five on the wall are a team, regardless of their names and religious/cultural background. Names can be exchanged, but often are not. The winning team stays on the court/pitch.
This way religious Jews, Muslims and Christians of all sorts of backgrounds, living in all sorts of places, play together. They might not agree on many things, but if they are on the same team, they share a common goal: win and stay playing.
It is true more Arabs play basketball as the court is nearer to the Old City and more religious Jews play football as the pitch is nearer to Yeshivas and religious neighbourhoods, and most of this activity is on a Saturday and they do not travel long distances on foot.
How do I know about this? My children regularly join in both depending how they feel and if I lend them the car to go to the football site. 99% of the time they have great games, make friends (team friends) and come home full of sport talks...not religious and political talks. May it continue.
Lesson: Find a common goal (literally!) and work together.