Photo Of Two Muslim & Jewish Kids Protesting Trump Wins The Internet

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A viral photo of a Jewish and Muslim family bonding during airport protests against Trump shows what really makes America great.

The past week in the United States has been absolutely chaotic as President Donald Trump’s travel ban has caused distress for thousands of families.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets and gathered at various airports to stand against the blatant discrimination against Muslims refugees and immigrants.

However, amid all the chaos, one picture, which has taken the internet by storm, shows the true face of America is not what Trump stands for.

 

The Muslim man, Fatim Yildirim, had his 7-year-old daughter, Meryem, perched on his shoulders holding up a sign that read “empathy” and “love.” The child was wearing a hijab and facing a Jewish rabbi, Jordan Bendat-Appell, who had his 9-year-old son, Adin Bendat-Appell, sitting on his shoulders.

The father-son duo held up signs that read "Hate has no home here," and "We've seen this before. Never again. Jews against the ban."

"I thought, 'This is too good to be true. I've got a Muslim kid on one side, I've got a Jewish boy and his dad — all cute kids,'" photographer Nuccio DiNuzzo said. "I knew that this was an important picture to make."

The photo has been liked 16,000 times and re-tweeted nearly 10,000 times. It has also attracted a number of comments from internet users.

“Might be the most perfect image to capture with the protests. Thank you for taking this photo,” one person wrote.

“This photo is the most beautiful thing I've seen in a long time. #LoveTrumpsHate,” another commented.

Bendat-Appell said the protest at the airport was peaceful and a number of Muslims came up to him and thanked him for participating as a Jew. "He seemed like a lovely person and we looked like we could be cousins," he said about Yildirim.

The Jewish man’s grandparents were Holocaust survivors and lived as refugees. He said since the family had a "history of persecution," they had learned to never be silent in the face of injustice.

Following the photograph, the two men exchanged contact details and have been in touch ever since. They have even decided to come together as families for a Shabbat dinner to celebrate peace.

"I know the tension between the Jews and the Muslims. People think we hate each other. But we're not fighting. When we come next to each other we can have normal conversations," Yildirim said. "We can promote the peace together."

Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Kate Munsch

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