Slippery Slope

Notes From a Crumbling Democracy

Closed Society: 4th November, 2010

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The mayor of Safed, Ilan Shochet, said – in reply to a question whether Safed has become a symbol of racism and persecution of minorities – that (Hebrew) “Those Arab students, whom I consider to be guests in this town, do not know how to properly show respect and behave in their host town, and unfortunately, when you are not familiar with the sensitivities and don’t know how to respect the other, we face quarrels and problems and expressions which makes the situation worse”. Shochet further said that “there is a local ethical code of mutual respect between seculars and Orthodox Jews which was kept for years, to the point where residents won’t walk in the Old Town with a burning cigarette during the Sabbath. When the students disregard this code and do as they wish, this is considered to be a provocation”.

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November 4th, 2010 at 7:57 am