320 Take Part in Jewish-Arab Run in East Jerusalem in Effort to Promote Co-existence

The 5K run was meant to bolster ties between Jews and Arabs in light of tensions in Jerusalem

Some 320 people took part in a Jewish-Arab run in East Jerusalem on Friday, an initiative meant to promote co-existence in city, organizers said. 

The 5K run, held by Runners Without Borders, took place in the Jabal Mukaber neighborhood. Participants came from East and West Jerusalem and across Israel, according to the organizers. Around 50 tourists also took part. 

The race followed a similar 3K pilot run that took place in Jaber Mukaber on March 3.

"The goal of the race is to strengthen the connections between East and West Jerusalem and encourage cooperation and collaboration between Jews and Arabs, particularly in light of the tensions in the area," Runners Without Borders said. 

Runners Without Borders operates an Arab-Jewish running group with 60 members coming from across the city, as well as a couple of settlements, according to the group.