The Friendship Games began as the brain child of Mr. Ed Peskowitz of Washington dc.
His dream was to hold a basketball tournament in Israel with the participation of Israeli Jews and Arabs, and other countries of conflict in order to build friendship, and understanding between Students.
Participating in this tournament would also be students from the Palestinian Authority and from Jordan. Other teams came from Cyprus, turkey, Germany, the former Yugoslavia and other countries of former conflict.
The first friendship games were held in 2006 with 8 teams taking part.
Over the 8 year period there have been 18 teams each year who not only played basketball, but shared many hours socializing and touring the places holy to the three main religions of the area. This brought about a true feeing of friendship and brotherhood between the Athletes, no matter what their background

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