What it's like studying in a mixed Arab-Jewish school during a war

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Hashmonaim Elementary School in Jaffa is adorned with drawings by pupils. The colorful images are similar to those in other schools, full of birds, flowers and clowns. In a state education system that usually offers separate tracks for Jews and Arabs, the names of the young artists stick out here – Selim, Hani, Ma’ayan, Khaled, Nahum, Eva, Lea, Nicola, Toni, Adele – indicating a multicultural reality in which the native tongue of half the pupils is not Hebrew. Sixth-grader Liel Frenkel says she only realized that her school was unusual after she saw a TV report a few years ago about a school where the pupils were all Jews. That was strange to her, at the time.