Hooking up while helping to alleviate middle east tensions? Sounds like a win win.
The above is indeed the slogan for new dating app Verona. A New York City app developed, Matthew Nolan, has created an app where you identify as either Israeli or Palestinian, and the app shows you matches from the other category in a Tinder-style interface. The app takes its name from Verona, Italy, the setting for Shakespeare’s famous play about two star-crossed lovers from two disputing factions.
Refinery29 reports Nolan’s original idea for the app: “I was talking with my friend who is Palestinian, who had a new girlfriend who is Israeli. We were joking around about JDate. I was like, ‘Maybe we should do a J-P Date, Jewish-Palestinian Date.'”
Similar to Tinder, if you’re both matched you start a conversation, and what happens next is up to the both of you.
While the app has only gone into its beta-test phase as of April, it’s already been downloaded more than 1,000 times. New Yorkers are using it quite a bit, as are people from both Tel Aviv and the West Bank in Israel.
“I very much believe that the basis of any relationship is communication,” Nolan tells Refinery29, “so if these two cultures are forced to be separate in all this conflict, forming relationships between them could be the glue that hopefully ignites a shift in consciousness.”
Nolan hopes that images of people from these two different backgrounds together can be a step towards showing that they’re happy to get along.
Also, hotness transcends boundaries. So once the sides see that in each other, it’s only a matter of time till everyone is living in peace and harmony, or so we hope.
Verona is now available for Android and is coming to iOS this June! Give peace a chance!