Shimon Peres 370.
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It was not an easy time for President Shimon Peres on Tuesday when he visited
the all-Muslim Arab town of Majd el- Kurum in the northern Galilee on the day
after the Jewish teenager who last Thursday viciously beat 17-year-old Jamal
Julani of Ras-el-Amud, refused to express remorse and said he would do it
Peres, who in the past has condemned those who strike out at Jews
for no reason other than the fact that they are Jews, this time had to deal with
a role reversal.
“I am full of shame and outrage at what we witnessed
over the weekend in Jerusalem. Jamal Julani was beaten up for no reason other
than because he is an Arab. This is an intolerable incident of violence that we
must uproot from our midst,” Peres said.
“The perpetrators must be
brought to justice and every effort must be made to bring Arab and Jewish youth
together,” he said.
Peres who was visiting Majd el-Kurum for Id el Fitr
was welcomed by Council Head Mohamed Mana, council members and hundreds of
He was particularly interested in meeting Imam Mohamed Kiwan
and other Muslim spiritual leaders from the Galilee in order to convey the
sorrow he feels for the injuries and the humiliation to which Julani was
subjected, and to work out with them some kind of modus operandi for getting
youth to understand that violence is not a vehicle for solving
Prior to the incident in Jerusalem, Peres had been approached
by the concerned Muslim leadership with the request that he use his influence to
curb the violence that is seething across the country.
incident was, in his opinion, more than violence born out of frustration and
boredom. It was blatant racism.
The lawyer of the youth who came close to
beating Julani to death has denied that there was any racist motive in what his
client did. In an interview on Israel Radio, he said anyone would have reacted
to the derogatory comments about one’s mother in much the same way, regardless
of who it was that said it. He was adamant that racism was not the reason that
his client beat up Julani