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Second interfaith dinner aims for friendship and joy

Photo of Maya Blanchard '26 and Osama Awadalla ’25, who are members of a new student group, the Jewish Muslim Alliance
Photo courtesy of Alex Bayer/Cornell University

By Caitlin Hayes, Cornell Chronicle

When Osama Awadalla ’25 attended a pro-Palestinian rally in front of Day Hall on Oct. 25, he was curious about the Israel supporters gathered across Feeney Way.

Awadalla, who is Muslim, joined a group of students in crossing the street and began a conversation – one that lasted three hours.

The students introduced themselves, explained their backgrounds and attachments to the Israel-Hamas war, their thoughts about the rally and what it made them feel. Not only did it humanize opposing beliefs for Awadalla, it left him hungry for more.

Read the entire story on the Cornell Chronicle