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Israeli and Palestinian children celebrate century of “Christmas truce”

In Haifa, Israeli and Palestinian children played soccer to celebrate one century since the legendary soccer match between German and allied troops on the Western front during the Christmas truce of 1914

Ten years ago, troops from both sides put down their weapons as part of an unofficial “Christmas truce”. According to legend, the enemies then played football in no-mans' land. There is no documentary confirmation of this incident, but it became an impressive symbol of peace.

The event in Haifa was organized by the British diplomatic mission.

Establishing friendly ties through football between children from different communities who normally do not even have any contact is the best way to celebrate the century of the Christmas peace,” said the UK ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould.

British diplomats are holding “matches of memory” dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the “Christmas truce” during WWI in various countries around the world, including Russia.

Источник: jpost.com

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