Israelis, Palestinians Unite for Football

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Peace talks continue between Israel and Palestine with tensions in both countries high. But on one field in Jerusalem, both Israelis and Palestinians are coming together - to play football.

The Judean Rebels are the first West Bank team to play in Israel's amateur American Football League. The team is made up of Jewish Israelis and five Palestinians.

All differences are put aside on the field.

"I said, 'Hey guys, you want to play football?' And they said, 'Yeah, that's great. You should know that we're Arabs,'" team captain Schlomo Schachter said. "And I said, 'I don't care who your great grandfather was. My great-grandfather is from the same part of the world."

"We're working a lot towards a more, more towards changing people's thought at the same time, thought process, trying to keep them - open their minds a little," Musa Elayyan, Judean Rebels defensive lineman said. "Try to drop the racism, you know? I mean it's just football."

"If we can create a model here on the field, get people to work together, then we can be used as an example for outside the field too," he added.

The players say that as soon as their jerseys go on, their political differences are put aside. Their new season starts in October.

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