Life Lessons with Judy Simon
Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem. He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981.
Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History. He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes. He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals.
The other day, there was a ruckus. A group of religious fanatics attacked policemen, endangering their lives. A policewomen was taken hostage after severely beaten and stabbed. Only after police agreed to release prisoners was the woman released herself in exchange.
Did this happen in the hills of Samaria with the "Youthtop Youth"?
Did this happen in the Casbah of Hebron where rocks were thrown at policemen before?
Did this happen at Amona?
No, at none of these places.
It happened at Peki'in. They weren't Jews - but Druze.
Can you imagine this happening, say, in Hebron? Or in Homesh? Or in Gush Katif in the summer of '05?
Dare I think that this is blatant discrimination?
Druze does ryhme with Jews but there the similarity stops.
Some might think it admirable that a potentially explosive situation was defused in this way.
Well, if so (and these people are mainly bleeding-heart liberals), can we have them sympathize with Jews in parallel situations when attacked by ill-disciplined police personnel?
No prejudice, no discrimination