Driving While Jewish

A group of Breslav chassidim tried to drive to Joseph’s Tomb in the early hours of the night and were shot at, some say by the “Palestinian police” (pardon my cynicism, but in my opinion they are just Arab terrorists in a uniform versus the ones without).

One was killed, and two others injured seriously. Why were they shot? Because they were Jewish and in the “wrong” place.

For those of you not familiar with the Jewish holy places, Joseph’s Tomb is located on the edge of Schem (sometimes called Nablus). Which means that it is one of the places where it is dangerous to show your face – if you are Jewish.

Arabs can walk around freely in Jewish cities without fear. Yes, the Arabs living in pre-1967 borders must go through a checkpoint before entering, and then only with a permit, because we are afraid of terrorists. But if they do appear in any city in Israel they are not shot on sight just because they are Arabs.

You cannot say the same for Jews. If we go to the “wrong” place we are in danger of our very lives. The most notorious example of this was the lynch in Ramallah, where two Israeli soldiers mistakenly drove into Ramallah, were surrounded by a bloodthirsty mob and were literally torn limb from limb. (I wish I was exaggerating…).

I was hoping to get through the whole holiday of Passover without a post like this.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Batya
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 20:57:04

    All murders are horrid, but with this one the reactions or lack of reactions are salt on the wound.

  2. fill-in
    Apr 29, 2011 @ 13:14:50

    Well, I think that in this case the behaviour of the visitors was quite reckless.

    Shit happens. What do you think how many palestinians were killed in similar situations, just because they were NOT jewish and in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  3. gloriousforest
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 15:43:13

    The visitors behaved recklessly. Three carloads of Palestinians refusing to stop at an Israeli check-point would certainly have been fired upon. It is a tragedy that one of the young men died, but the Palestinians are not to be faulted for this instance.

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