What does Judaism teach about non-Jews?

Judaism in Israel, all too often, has become the exclusive tool of fanatics ‒ both religious and political.

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September 24, 2017 16:10
President Reuven Rivlin joins first graders on the first day of school at the Nofei Hasela Elementar

President Reuven Rivlin joins first graders on the first day of school at the Nofei Hasela Elementary School in Ma’ale Adumim.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

 
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IN THE 44 years that my family and I have lived in Israel, I have never been able to fathom how religious Jews, well-versed in Torah and Jewish tradition, can justify actions, including rabbinic injunctions, that discriminate against non-Jews, be they Muslims or Christians. Do they not realize that such discrimination is forbidden by Jewish teachings?

In the first decades of our aliya, when my children were in school – a state religious school ‒ I was astounded when my son would recount that when their bus would go through Arab areas on school trips many of his classmates would shout anti-Arab curses through the windows and the teachers would not reprove them. As time has gone on, I have witnessed actions worse than those ‒ yeshiva students spitting at non-Jews; attempts at burning churches; and the actions of revenge, including burning an Arab house, killing several inside, and the murder of an innocent Arab teenager.

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