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The march that should never have been. A day of national shame

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For centuries the Jewish people have suffered the bitter persecutions of Jew-haters in many countries of the world. Pogroms. Attacks upon Jews. Ghettos. Inquisitions. Holocaust. All leading to mass deaths while the anti-semites paraded and shouted “Death to the Jews”.

What in God’s Holy Name have 5,000 marchers learned today as they paraded through streets in East Jerusalem, Israeli flags held high and waving, with five thousand voices shouting “Death to the Arabs”?

It is unbelievable that such idiocy, racist hatred could take place in the holiest city of both Jews and Muslims. Yair Lapid, our new Foreign Minister, decried it as a shameful disgrace of Judaism and a tragedy in Israel’s history.

But I am confused. Knowing well in advance what the marchers would do, why did our police and members of the new government not forbid it? Why aren’t Ben-Gvir and Smotrich under arrest for racial crimes of hate? Freedom of speech is one thing. Freedom to hate and harm must be eradicated.

I am today totally ashamed of my government and my country. It is not the Israel I knew and not the one I care to know. It sickens me as I recall the........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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