Stop, You're Scaring the Children: Fear as a Cornerstone in Israeli Education

How fear has become a necessary tool in justifying the status quo and fostering hostility toward all that is different.

Several years ago I joined a students' trip to Poland. For the ceremony that was held at the Majdanek concentration camp, the guide brought a large tape player. When I asked her why, she was taken aback. Students need music in order to cry, she explained. During the ceremony at the big monument, the guide played songs from Israeli musician Yehuda Poliker's album “Efer Ve'avak”...