Facebook Israel-Arab youth group has first meeting

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A Facebook-based movement for Mideast youth says the group has held its first gathering, bringing young activists from Israel and Arab countries to Germany to promote peace.

Nimrod Ben-Zeev of the YaLa-Young Leaders group says 18 members from Israel, the Palestinian territories, Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Iraq and Kuwait met in Berlin last weekend.

Ben-Zeev, an Israeli, said the group was selected from the most active of YaLa’s 162,000 Facebook members.

Except for Egypt and the Palestinians, none of the nations represented have diplomatic ties with Israel.

Ben-Zeev said the movement wants to empower Middle Eastern youths to work together to improve their communities. It plans an online university next year. — ap