Quakers have had a deep concern for the peoples of the Middle East and a multifaceted engagement with them from the foundation of Friends Girls School in 1869 until the present. This concern has been shaped and sustained by the missionary work of evangelical Friends among the Palestinian Arabs and by the relief work carried out by the American Friends Service Committee and European Quakers during the Nazi era to help rescue European Jewry. These experiences with peoples who tragically became antagonists have drawn Friends into work to ameliorate and resolve the now century-old Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a conflict that seems certain to persist for at least another generation.
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