Camp focused on Middle East peace shifts aim to divided US

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OTISFIELD, Maine (AP) _ The nation’s divide has become bad enough that a camp created to help Arab and Israeli teens find common ground is putting an emphasis on hatred and violence in the U.S.

Seeds of Peace, a lakeside camp in the woods of Maine, has embarked on a pilot program this summer with teenagers from Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City.

Executive Director Leslie Lewin said the goal is to tackle deep-seated racism, anti-refugee and anti-Muslim sentiment, socio-economic issues, gender discrimination and LGBT issues.

That may sound like a tall order, but she says there’s already a successful model that’s been used by teenagers from the Middle East since 1993.