DAN ALON, NADER AL KHATEEB: A Flight for Peace Begins in a Birdhouse


The lesser kestrel, a small red, black and gray bird of prey, is more hawk than dove. But in a symbolic sense it carries an olive branch in the Middle East. Confronted by devastating changes in its habitat, the bird is endangered in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Now dozens of Jewish and Arab schoolchildren, recruited by conservationists Dan Alon and Nader al Khateeb, have come together to help save the kestrel--and learn lessons in cooperation and friendship.

Alon, 31, is the Jewish director of the Israel Ornithological Center. Al Khateeb, 39, is a Palestinian engineer who runs the Water and...

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