JEWS AND MUSLIMS NEAR CARIBBEAN GO ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS PEACEFULLY
COLON FREE ZONE, Panama (JTA) — While conflicts in the Middle East make the prospect of peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs seem distant, a walk along the crowded streets of this trading zone shows Jews and Arabs can get along.
Asian goods seeking Latin American importers — businesses run by Orthodox Jews and Arab Muslims operate side by side with nary a hint of conflict. In some cases, businesses are co-owned by Jews and Arabs.
“We all came to Panama to work and for reasons of prosperity, but we are all allowed to work and no one interferes,” said Allan Baiten, a second-generation Jew and a consultant to businesses here. “Once upon a time we were all brothers, and we continue to be.”