Op-Ed: Racism, Discrimination & A Disgrace To Jewish Honor
Where are the Rabbis for Human Rights in ensuring the right of Jews to walk freely in Jerusalem?
I have long been wrong – there is indeed racism and discrimination in Israel. Jews are unable to pray freely at the holiest site for Jews in the world – and that is racist and shameful.
The horrific video which emerged this week of a Haredi group of 30 adults and 20 children being harassed and worse on the Temple Mount is a terrible disgrace for the Jewish people and the Jewish state. The Temple Mount – the location of the temples – is the holiest place in Judaism. And on that spot, Jews – including young children – had items thrown at them, as they were spat upon.
Is this the yearning of our forefathers who sought a return to the land of the Jewish people? This disgrace must come to an end.
Jewish honor demands remembering the words of Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky, “We were not created in order to teach morals and manners to our enemies. Let them learn these things for themselves. We want to hit back at anybody who harms us. Whoever does not repay a blow by a blow is also incapable of repaying a good deed in kind.”
The Jews who were attacked on the Temple Mount barely attracted any worldwide media coverage, and no one cares.
The Jewish right to pray – and to exist – must be ensured on the Temple Mount and everywhere else. If Jews were attacked in synagogues or community centers anywhere else in the world, Jews from all over the world would stand up and demand their right to pray and live be ensured. If Jews can visit and peacefully pray in New York, London, Japan and Sydney, then the time has come to ensure that Jews be allowed to pray at Judaism’s holiest site.
What would the Vatican do if Catholics were attacked? What would America do if Americans were attacked at an institution vital for American history? Jewish history and destiny deserves – and demands – the exact same.
As Jabotinsky wrote, “one permanent assignment that is entrusted to each of us, old and young, men and women, educated and ignorant, as a group and as individuals; this assignment is the defense of our people’s honor.”
This video must be seen widely and changes must be made. Israel must not compromise on the right of Jews to visit the holiest site for the Jewish people.
And you ask yourselves, where are the Rabbis for Human Rights in ensuring the right of Jews to walk freely in Jerusalem? And ask yourselves what would the police – and the government – do if Jews would attack Arabs in this manner?
Ronn Torossian is an entrepreneur & Author – read his articles on Arutz-7 here.