We need help

15.10.2011                      17.Tischrei. 5772                       Chol Hamo'ed 1

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We need help

Racism, violence, murder: things here are going from bad to worse, and it's not hard to spot the link.

I wanted to write about four youths, two of them minors, who go out to a pub on Rosh Hashanah and, when they leave, top off their evening by allegedly beating to death a homeless person and hurting another homeless man who was fortunate enough to get away. I wanted to say that there just can't be a connection between the surging violence, the total disrespect for the lives of those who don't appear to belong – either because of the color of their skin, their religious faith or their economic situation, the complete indifference that young thugs show for the lives of those who look different from them – and the "price tag" operations carried out by settlers (and I hereby declare that I have no wish to come and spend a few days in a settlement to see just how wonderful and peace-loving its residents are ). The distorted justification that "price tag" operations and ordinary acts of humiliation committed by IDF soldiers and settlers toward others who do not fit into those groups, can supply to hotheaded and poorly taught teenagers is obvious. By their very nature, "price tag" operations are not much different than Ku Klux Klan actions in the United States – that is, violent acts motivated by a racist worldview….