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To the editors:

I was very moved by your feature article entitled "Enemies," written by Kitry Krause, which appeared in your March 23rd issue.

It portrayed graphically how Jews and Palestinians in Chicago--and by inference, anywhere in the world, including the Middle East, could be brought together socially. Despite their common distrust, they could discuss their fears, attitudes and problems, and ultimately become friends because they are all members of the human family.

No, they do not have to agree totally with one another, now or ever--but they can gain understanding of each other's background and hesitancies. And the big question is--could not this understanding lead to political compromises, mutual agreement, and peace in the Middle East?

I salute you, the writer, and the participants in this unique social program, for its modest success and for bringing it to public attention in the midst of so much general hopelessness. May many more such social gatherings of "enemies" be formed in Chicago and throughout the world, and may each in its small way contribute to peace and justice in the Middle East.

Sidney Schonberger

N. Winchester

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