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Israeli Child, Arab Child…. Spot the Differences?

August 10, 2012

In the past few months, I have heard many iterations of the following:

FROM A PALESTINIAN IN AMMAN, JORDAN: “Jews are just concerned with money.  Their hearts are black colored, and one day, they will all be killed.”

FROM AN ORTHODOX ISRAELI IN JERUSALEM, ISRAEL: “How could you live in Jordan?  Arabs are animals.  Brutal, unthinking animals.  They would kill you if they knew you were Jewish.”

Now, I am not saying that all Palestinians and all Israelis think this way.  But wouldn’t it be lovely if I couldn’t find another man like these two in the Middle East?  Thus, a picture blog from the past four months.  All the following photos are of Arab or Israeli children.  Notice how the Jewish children are not counting their Jew-gold, they don’t have horns.  Notice how the Arab children aren’t strapped to bombs, or running around on all fours like animals.   In fact, besides the presence or absence of kippas, notice how the children are pretty much alike: playing, watching, smiling, eating.

I am not going to tell you where these photos were taken, or whether the child is Jewish or Muslim.

Because it doesn’t matter.

Please spread messages of tolerance, not intolerance in your daily lives.  Let’s not perpetrate damaging stereotypes ourselves.  We have power, in our writing, in our words, in our votes, in ability to condemn or laud.  Please use that power wisely.  Thank you.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Antonio Antimony permalink
    December 5, 2012 7:44 AM

    I’m very pleased to have discovered this blog: some of your previous posts (and this one as well) are fascinating. Thank you so much for writing them.

    I’m a little disappointed that your latest post is nearly five months old. I hope you haven’t stopped writing.

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