Rhyme and reason on the Middle East

30.06.2012                      10.Tammus. 5772                      Chukat

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Rhyme and reason on the Middle East

Hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and Rabbi Marc Schneier bring their synagogue-mosque twinning program to Israel.

Russell Simmons has mediated his fair share of peaceful resolutions to often ugly and violent feuds in the hip-hop world he helped create. Only a few days before arriving for his first visit to Israel last week, the iconic culture mogul boasted on his Twitter page and blog about how he had brokered a truce between warring American rappers Drake and Chris Brown.
So it shouldn’t have been too surprising last week when, during a panel discussion at the Facing Tomorrow Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, the rap music pioneer and urban fashion magnate likened the complex Israel-Palestinian conflict to a sphere that he could relate to – a beef between rappers that can be solved through dialogue….