A dozen Israeli women risked prosecution in order to take them to the beach. They were skittish at first, but eventually became wide-eyed with delight. The Israelis and Palestinians entered the sea smiling and then joined hands as they were knocked about by the sea.
Israeli-Palestinian relations are complex, with usual distance and dehumanization. Coexistence is hard, but there are still people on both sides who refuse to give up on it. This trip was a rare event and a magical one at that.
The visits began a year ago as the idea of one Isreali. They have become a movement of civil disobedience.
There have been seven beach trips so far and they have produced some tense moments. The beaches in Tel Aviv are predominantly Jewish and the Police can make everyone nervous. They were barely noticed though, and were able to enjoy their free day at the beach.