It is a sad fact that an organisation that itself took so long to be created as a national institution, and one which reflects the worst experience of our history, had to declare itself against the rabbis' racism. It is sad that we need to be reminded of our Jewish values via Yad Vashem. Why wasn't it the Prime Minister? Why isn't there an individual of valour and dignity to whom we can turn, who represents the best of what we are supposed to be? That the Attorney General has spoken is to be applauded. Where is his colleague the Justice Minister? Is he, like the Interior Minister, hiding behind his faith and unable to speak out as an upholder of the laws of our democracy, because he is a believer and that comes first? The wheels of our legal system have been set in motion. They must be speeded up and only we the people can urge that to happen, so that the taint of racism can be removed from what remains of our national integrity.
Turkish police fire tear gas as clashes break out during May Day protest in Istanbul (Reuters)