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Hoops and harmony: How PeacePlayers is changing the Middle East

Originally Published: September 29, 2007
By Chad Ford | ESPN.com

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BEIT SAFAFA, Israel -- When sitting on a rooftop in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Safafa, overlooking some of the most contested real estate in the world, the oldest, most intractable conflict in the world seems more peaceful.

The streets, on the Jewish Sabbath, are quiet and almost empty. A young boy comes along, weaving his bike ...

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