In the days leading up to Passover, Israeli Jews will go to great lengths to cleanse their homes of bread and all other sources of yeast and leaven. Typically, an abundance of bread is simply burned.
But Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria, the so-called Jewish "settlers", have for the past three years sought to use Passover to demonstrate that not only do they not hate the Palestinian Arabs, as the world charges, but that they actually care about the well-being of their neighbors.
The Eretz Shalom movement established six collection and distribution points around Judea and Samaria leading up to Passover.
On the day before the biblical festival began, the massive quantity of bread was sent to nearby Palestinian communities with a note reading:
"In the name of God the most merciful, we wish for neighborly relations. Our hands are extended in peace, peace from the heart. Peace is the grace of God and the name of God. From your Jewish neighbors, members of Eretz Shalom."
"Why burn perfectly good bread when you can help your neighbors," one of the settlers involved told The Times of Israel.
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