Politician Yair Lapid has advocated sending high school students who acted disrespectfully during a play about the Holocaust to visit Holocaust survivors. “That would be educational. It is a better idea than my suggestion to complain about them to police,” Lapid wrote on his Facebook page.
While students from several schools watched the play “Ghetto,” some disrupted the presentation and laughed at depictions of Jewish suffering during the Holocaust. One of the actors later expressed his outrage, telling the students, “Today, you disgraced the Jewish people and the memory of the Holocaust.”
One principal whose students had been present, Zeev Degani of the Gymnasia school in Herzliya, later blamed Israeli policy in Judea and Samaria for the disrespect. “This happened because one people used violence against another. Don’t be surprised that the violence comes back to haunt us,” he said after the incident.