Interesting idea. Incredible gesture.
Jewish-Hawaiian surfing guru donates surfboards to Gazans
This article appeared in Haaretz, of an 86-year-old Jewish surfing guru from Hawaii who donated 12 surfboards to Gaza’s small surfing community in a gesture he hoped would get Israelis and Palestinians catching the same peace wave.
“When a surfer sees another surfer with a board, he can’t help but say something that brings them together.”
He said he was spurred into action after reading a story about two Gaza surfers who couldn’t enjoy the wild waves off the coast because they had only one board to share between them.
Arthur Rashkovan, a 28-year-old surfer from Tel Aviv, said Paskowitz’s project was part of a larger effort called Surfing for Peace, aimed at bringing Middle East surfers closer together. He said eight-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater, who is of Syrian descent, is expected to arrive in Israel in October to take part in the drive.
One comment: why did Haaretz refer to Paskowitz as “Jewish-Hawaiian?” Is there such a thing as Jewish-New Yorkan?