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Panamanian Melting Pot

A welcome JTA article on the peaceful coexistence of Zionist Jews and Palestine-supporting Arabs in Panama: Inside the stores here — wholesale distribution centers for Asian goods seeking Latin American importers — businesses run by Orthodox Jews and Arab Muslims … Read More

By / July 24, 2007

A welcome JTA article on the peaceful coexistence of Zionist Jews and Palestine-supporting Arabs in Panama:

Inside the stores here — wholesale distribution centers for Asian goods seeking Latin American importers — businesses run by Orthodox Jews and Arab Muslims operate side by side with nary a hint of conflict. In some cases, businesses are co-owned by Jews and Arabs.

Nightclubs are packed with young Jews and Arabs more concerned about partying the night away than the faith of their fellow partygoers.

Both religions are thriving in this small Caribbean country. Disregard the "ever-growing flocks" condescension of making these people sound like sheep:

With three Jewish congregations — two Orthodox and one Reform — and thousands of kosher and Sabbath-observant Jews, Panama stands out in Latin America as having one of the most devout and practicing Jewish populations. Muslims are as practicing as their Jewish counterparts here; synagogues and mosques are under construction to attend to the ever-growing flocks.

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