TSN's "Neutral Zone” Documentary Aims to Build Mideast Bridges Through Hockey

June 19, 2013

Neutral Zone: The Story of Hockey In Northern Israel,  will be featured on TSN on Tuesday June 25 at 9 PM.

Thanks to the efforts of a number of individuals, especially Sid Greenberg, a unique hockey program at the Canada Centre in Israel’s north, will not only bring hockey to Israelis, but will also builds bridges between Jewish and Arab Israelis through sport.

The Canada Centre was built through funding from UJA Federation of Greater Toronto donors and other Jewish Federation contributors to improve the quality of life on Israel’s northern frontier. 

According to TSN’s press release: “NEUTRAL ZONE explores the relationships forged at the Canada-Israel Hockey School, which houses Israel’s only Olympic-sized rink. The school’s young hockey players hail from the mostly Arab area of the Golan Heights and the predominantly Jewish town of Metula – communities located in a region with strained relations and fortified borders. With the region sitting at the nexus of current world events amid rising geopolitical tensions, NEUTRAL ZONE examines whether teaching Arab and Jewish children how to play hockey together can help promote tolerance on and off the ice.”

Will the program bring peace? Not likely, said a representative of the program in the film. But through sport, it is hoped that Jewish and Arab children will strip away tension in the spirit of good sportsmanship, which can lead to a better understanding among Israeli Arabs and Jews.

To watch the film’s trailer click here or below. To commend TSN for airing this worthwhile program, please send emails to audiencerelations@tsn.ca or call them at (416) 384-7660. 

The broadcast schedule for Neutral Zone is as follows:

– Tuesday, June 25 at 9pm ET on TSN

– Sunday, June 30 at 12:30am ET on TSN

– Sunday, June 30 at 11:30am ET on TSN2

– Wednesday, July 3 at 5:30pm ET on TSN2


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