‘Generous’ donation from Dame Vivien Duffield funds tennis courts for Jewish and Arab kids

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‘Generous’ donation from Dame Vivien Duffield funds tennis courts for Jewish and Arab kids

The renovation of a sports facility in northern Israel aims to rebuild Jewish-Arab relations

Jenni Frazer is a freelance journalist

A donation described as “generous”, from Dame Vivien Duffield through the Clore Israel Foundation, has helped to renovate tennis courts and a clubhouse for Jewish and Arab children in northern Israel.

The courts and clubhouse in Moshav Beit Hananya are run under the auspices of the Freddie Krivine Initiative (FKI), named for the British-born philanthropist who was a passionate tennis fan and peace activist.

His daughter, Jane Krivine, who chairs the FKI, said that as a result of the Clore Israel donation, “we were able to upgrade the tennis court and renovate the clubhouse. In addition, thanks to several other wonderful private donors, we can now focus entirely on rebuilding Jewish-Arab relations, to counter the mutual fear and mistrust so widely felt. Strengthened by our terrific team of Jewish and Arab staff members, coaches and volunteers, who themselves demonstrate the values which are the core of FKI, we are again reaching out to the wider community, Jewish and Arab”.

She described the New Community and Tennis Clubhouse as a “beacon of hope, with a classroom for the volunteers to help the children with their language learning, a kitchen, an office and a storeroom and a beautiful patio for Jewish and Arab parents to mingle as they watch their children play — it truly is Freddie’s dream come true”.

Future plans include an annual Ramadan games and Iftar dinner for 150 Jewish and Arab guests, and offering community-building workshops to mixed Jewish and Arab 10 to 12-year-olds during July summer camps

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