L.A. Times: Like other NBA players, Jordan Farmar will head overseas this summer, only with a different mission — to facilitate peace in the Middle East.

The Lakers’ guard, who is Jewish, will travel to Israel to run basketball camps for Israeli and Palestinian children in association with the Peres Peace Center. The goal of the camps, which take place Aug. 4 to 11, is to bring Israeli and Palestinian children together through basketball and create a foundation for peaceful relations between them in years to come.

“If you can have a good time with someone you’re supposed to be enemies with, and you guys can work together, things can be better for your future,” Farmar said.

Farmar, who averaged 9.1 points and 2.7 assists in his second season with the Lakers, also participated in the NBA’s fifth-annual “Play for Peace” clinic in 2006, a little more than a month after he was drafted out of UCLA.

“Sports can be a ground where everyone has fun and when you’re out there having a good time; you don’t really think about everything else that’s going on,” Farmar said.

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  • http://www.myspace.com/ericthaimyshoe Eric Thai

    It’s great to see Farmar trying to make a difference in the world.

  • http://kb24.com Ed2424

    This is actually bad news because farmar needs to work on his game. What he’s doing isn’t wrong, don’t get me wrong, but he really needs to work on his game.

  • Sako

    Mission? Is this like Zohan, where Farmar is at the beach partying naked, and a helicopter comes and picks him up, and as he’s leaving, he’s standing on the helicopter’s rails dancing.

  • lskerfan567

    hes playing b ball with jewish kids

    great practice

  • http://lakers.com laker_middle_east

    Wow thats great..i come from the middle east..n farmar is doing a great thing to bring Palestine and Israel together..WE ALL ONE FAMILIA !!!but the MEDIA Is full of dirty tricks!

  • http://lakers.com mamba

    i hope he survives!

  • M0Z

    He needs to be working out in the gym everyday like he was when he found out the Lakers drafted PG Javarius C. last year. I guess he figured out how to stop Steve nash, Derron Williams, CP3 and Rando.

  • yellowpurplefever

    Good for him. Get tough in the Middle East and come back in one Peace! Just work on Defense practice with commandos.

  • S-quire

    This is incredible, it’s awesome to see him doing something so important. That’s the class and sense of social responsibility you can come to expect from a Bruin.

  • Big Nick

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    hahahaha. That’s my Jewish brother doing big things!

  • Lakers-GetYours

    Soooooo important. I mean, he doesn’t need to work on his own game or anything…

    At least this is sure to make a difference, just like that ‘midnight basketball’ back in the 90’s did. LOL…

  • Laker Man

    i had no idea he was jewish