It is worth devoting a few moments to the remarks made by Education Minister Gideon Saar last week, on the first morning of the new school year. It is worth doing so because of what the remarks contained. It is even more worth doing so because of what they did not contain.
"You have to remember that it is always forbidden to hit someone," he said to the pupils at Jerusalem's Szold school."If you don't agree on something with your friends, then you must talk and see how to resolve the argument without violence." Later that same morning, Saar spoke in Efrat to the principals of schools in Gush Etzion. This time, he went off in other directions. "They made strange accusations against me, but I admitted to them immediately," he said. "These accusations are correct: We are putting nationalist content into the school system. The aim is to give the youth a proud Jewish and Zionist education. And I have no intention of apologizing for that. Judaism and democracy do not contradict one another - just like Judaism and humanism (don't ). We think it's important that the students in Israel get to know Gush Etzion, Judea, Hebron and Kiryat Arba with their own eyes and feet."
Saar, it can be seen from his remarks, is a moral person and a proud Jew and Zionist for whom democracy and humanism are not strangers. And Saar, as can be seen from his remarks, is opposed to violence. But on the day that the children are being welcomed to first grade, shouldn't the education minister be specific in what he says and dive straight into the murky waters of the lynch of an Arab youth that occurred in the center of Jerusalem? And on the day in which he promised that the tours to Hebron would be expanded, should he not mention that children from the settlement of Bat Ayin may have thrown Molotov cocktails at a Palestinian taxi (and wounded people )?
One doesn't need to get carried away. After all, on a Channel 1 program the minister already spoke "of the phenomenon of violence and the event in which an Arab youth was attacked in Jerusalem," and noted that he "gave instructions at the preparatory meeting for the new school year to deal with the issues of violence and racism." In other words, I have been cautious and issued a warning.
What luck that the Knesset is on summer recess. And to speak about racism and violence at a ministerial meeting? That would not be proportional and would also be an admission that racism leads to violence. And Saar knows what is worthwhile saying and to whom and when. And anyway why not let Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch sweat over that. And there are judges in Jerusalem.
The pupils in Israel will continue to get to know the Land of Israel with their eyes and feet With their eyes they will identify an Arab and with their feet they will kick him to death. It's so simple. As M. (one of the suspects in the lynch ) wrote in her Facebook post: "Never had such a weekend in my life - Swear by mother I'm delighted with life... death to the Arabs, amen."
Israeli society has become violent to a revolting degree. In the schools, on the squares, in the parks and on the streets, in the shopping malls, at the hospitals, on the beaches and the highways. With guns, with knives, with sticks, with hands and with feet. So why point to the minister of education?
Why should this burden not fall on the shoulders of the welfare minister, the public security minister or the minister of sport and culture? Do husbands not murder their wives? Are there no stabbings at nightclubs? Aren't drivers involved in hit-and-run accidents? And where, if not on the soccer fields, do they sing: "A Jew is a good soul, an Arab is a son of a bitch?" And if it is already necessary to condemn racism and violence, doesn't the party have a leader? And the righteous among the Knesset members of our party, why are they staying mum? And why are the rabbis keeping quiet? And has the left already come out with a vociferous protest? And where are the lawyers when one needs them, a bunch of media-oriented slippery eels who met their client for the first time five minutes before and already know that he is "a good kid from a normative home" or "a normative kid from a good home" (as some of the lynch suspects were described ). And do the media, Facebook, and Instagram not goad people into action? And you still have complaints about the education minister?