Sick Palestinian Children Enjoy an Amazing Day

This year we supported Humans without Borders again, sponsoring a day of fun activities for Palestinian children undergoing medical treatment in Israeli hospitals.

On May 17, Israeli volunteers and friends from Humans without Borders met up with more than 100 Palestinians, including some 35 children undergoing medical treatment in Israeli hospitals, and their parents and brothers and sisters, at the Everest hotel in Beth Jala, near Bethlehem. The event was bigger, better and even more exciting than the one held last year.

The Galilee Jewish-Arab circus was the highlight of the day. The circus performers are youngsters of ages 6-18 from the Northern town of Karmiel and nearby Arab villages. Aside from providing wonderful entertainment, the goal of the circus is to foster mutual understanding and cooperation between Arabs and Jews in the Galilee region. The audience was captivated by the antics of the clown and the skill of the acrobats, trapeze artists, hoopsters, jugglers, unicyclists and more. Afterwards, the teenage performers gave the kids an hour of hands-on fun, with juggling and hula hoop workshops, and general bouncing about in the garden in Everest.

The delicious food and drinks provided by Areij, the manager of the Everest hotel as well as the goodies brought by our volunteers ensured a wonderful lunch for everyone.

When the circus was over the musical entertainment began. Rajsan sang for more than an hour while the kids danced to the music, and the bravest of them took over the microphone and showed off their singing talents, the parents beaming with pride.

And what better way to wrap up a long day than with Azzat, the most popular clown in Palestine, who romped with the children, and had the parents in fits, thoroughly exhausting us all.

And finally, ice creams for all – the perfect way to end a perfect day.

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