As two months of abductions, street violence and outright warfare (hopefully) draw to an end, Israel on Monday once again demonstrated how it is different than its enemies.
Education Minister Shai Peron announced at the Knesset that the upcoming school year will kick off with a week-long campaign to combat racism and encourage greater tolerance for the nation’s Arab and Muslim enemies.
The abduction and execution of three Jewish teens by Palestinian terrorists earlier this summer sparked a wave of anti-Arab sentiment from many sectors of Israeli society. The subsequent Gaza war, during which Hamas fired 3,500 missiles into Israel, only served to create more tension.
By contrast, the ongoing Arab street violence, primarily in Jerusalem, that began in the wake of the revenge killing of a young Palestinian boy has barely warranted the attention of local Arab leaders.
In July alone, Jews in Jerusalem found themselves the victims of no fewer than 360 violent assaults.