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Palestinian and Israeli Teens Swam in the Same Pool. Then Came Oct. 7. – The New York Times

Palestinian and Israeli Teens Swam in the Same Pool. Then Came Oct. 7. – The New York Times

 

 

The rule was unspoken, but the Israeli and Palestinian teenagers in the Greater Jerusalem swim club had abided by it forever without even thinking.No politics in the pool.They lived on opposite sides of Jerusalem, coming together six afternoons a week to train in lanes reserved for their team at the Y.M.C.A. After two hours of laps, they plunged into a Jacuzzi, where they joshed for a few minutes before calling it a day.They swam together, went on beach outings together, barbecued together. The best Jewish swimmers represented Israel in international meets. The best swimmers from East Jerusalem competed for a team… 

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