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)
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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