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Dialogue, not diatribe

26 0 14

Earlier this week far-right MK Bezalel Smotrich (leader of the Religious Zionism party) attacked the Arab members of Knesset and by inference at least, all Arab citizens of Israel saying, “You’re here by mistake, it’s a mistake that Ben-Gurion didn’t finish the job and didn’t throw you out in 1948.” The appalling cultural resonance of that remark makes the lack of condemnation by mainstream Jewish leaders all the more shameful. The fact that such racist, bigoted statements are freely voiced in the Israeli parliament is reprehensible – but sadly no longer surprising.

Smotrich went on to say – “I have no dialogue with you!” In the framework of our work at the Rossing Center, in the last four days I have met over 35 Jewish and Arab principals from the 50 schools with whom we are working........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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