During the third week of camp Daniel went on vacation with his family, leaving Yossi in a tough spot. Feeling disarmed, vulnerable, he had three choices: he could stop coming to camp, he could fight his battles alone and outnumbered, or he could figure out a way to coexist with Ahmad and Rami. The boys’ counselors were shocked by an almost sudden transformation in Yossi—despite his family history and societal pressures, despite his cousin’s voice in the back of his mind, he realized the simple joy of acceptance and playing together. The three boys ran around kicking a soccer ball together as if they had known each other all their lives, and they were inseparable. When Daniel returned to camp he found an entirely new dynamic, and found himself rejected by the group when he tried to pick the same old fights. With enough time and patience, these four boys found their way to friendship despite their preconceptions. Their good example inspired their peers as well as the staff.
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