At a Jaffa Bookstore-cafe, Writing the Story of Co-existence

Yafa, the joint venture of a Ramle Arab and a Nahariya Jew, has for 10 years been a meeting point for Jews and Arabs in this mixed Jewish-Arab town just south of Tel Aviv.

When Michel Elraheb, a Christian Arab and a lover of books, was growing up in Ramle, there was nowhere in the central Israeli city – let alone in the area – to buy books in Arabic. People traveled to Jerusalem, Haifa, and Nazareth, and as far as Jordan and Egypt after those nations' respective peace treaties with Israel, to buy books.