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ITHACA, NY – At a time of paralyzing political discussions about different conflicts, the Ithaca Coalition for Unity and Cooperation in the Middle East (ICUCME) invites the Ithaca community to connect, human-to-human, in an activity that benefits the entire community.

On Sunday, August 21 at 5 pm, “Building Unity: Cleaning the Hate” will be held at the Cass Park Pavilion. The event will begin with music by Vitamin L, a pot-luck, a community conversation about what “cleaning the hate” means to each of us, followed by a clean-up of trash in Cass Park.

“The event is a way for people from different viewpoints and communities to join together in public service and demonstrate that coexistence is possible, positive, and within the power of each of us to make happen,” says Linda Glaser, chair of ICUCME.

“Cleaning the Hate” originated with a joint Palestinian-Israeli peace organization and the idea has now spread around the world. The entire Ithaca community is invited to its first observance in Ithaca; RSVP’s are requested so organizers can have sufficient supplies:

For more information, email or see ICUCME’s Facebook page at

Michael Smith

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