What Engendered and Sustains These Traits of Israeli Society and Culture? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Yaakov Sullivan
    • 10.11.11 | 15:41 (IST)

    You have primitives spitting on Christian clergy and disparaging their religion and its symbols. You have primitivers who desecrate mosques and deface cemeteries. You have primitives who uproot olive groves and fruit orchards and destroy other crops. you have the children of the primitives who are brought up to hate and hold all Arabs in contempt and that Christians are the enemies of Jews and must be treated with disdain and scorn. The most tribal and exclusivist tendencies in a great religious tradition have become the hallmark of Jewish religion in Israel and this is a result of the marriage of religion with the worst excesses of nationalism and racism. These forms of violence and hatred did not come out of thin air. They were cultivated and promoted by the milieu that is pervasive in religious circles in Israel and unfortunately growing as well in the diaspora.

    from the article: 'Death to Arabs' scrawled across Muslim gravestones in Jerusalem
    First published 14:40 10.11.11 | Last updated 14:40 10.11.11
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