That brings us to the Isreaeli
style lynching that occurred on the night of August 17 in Jerusalem. Raised
in an environment that purposely cultivates prejudice and hatred against Arabs,
a mob of some 50 Israeli Jewish young people attacked four Palestinian male
youths, almost killing one of them. The attack was unprovoked and apparently
random, though the attackers "claimed
they wanted to prevent them [the Arab boys] from speaking to Jewish girls."
"Hundreds" witnessed this event but did not interfere. The entire thing was
predictable, and indeed inevitable. It is what you get when you practice a
culture that has evolved around racist views.
Part V --
There might be a human genetic inclination toward group
solidarity, but its worst manifestations are not inevitable. You can feel
solidarity with your family, your religious community, your ethnic group, your
nation, etc., without hating others. The hating part is a learned attitude. And,
as is often the case, fear will underly the hatred.
Both American and
Israeli bigots or terrorists have focused on Arabs and Muslims as a threatening
out-group. Both the Americans and the Israelis who do so draw strength from a
culture that has deep racist roots. In today's U.S.A. many know that this is
wrong and so there is a moral position from which to combat this behavior.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to say the same thing about Israel.
the United States the core need is consistent educational and legal pressure
against racist behavior both in terms of individual and institutional behavior.
When I say consistent I mean over multiple generations, for at least as many
years as it took to create the nationwide bigotry in the first place.
If we do
not succeed in this endeavor then American Zionists will be proven correct. We
in the U.S. will be just like the Israelis.
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