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PHOTOS: Following arson, thousands march with integrated J'lem school

Two first-grade classrooms were targeted by arsonists who left racist graffiti at one of the country’s only mixed Jewish-Arab schools.

Thousands of people march through Jerusalem in support and solidarity with the Max Rayne “Hand in Hand” bilingual school, which was the target of a racist arson attack a week earlier, Jerusalem, December 5, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Thousands of people march through Jerusalem in support and solidarity with the Max Rayne “Hand in Hand” bilingual school, which was the target of a racist arson attack a week earlier, Jerusalem, December 5, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Roughly 2,000 people — students, teachers and parents from “Hand in “Hand” schools from across Israel — marched through the streets of Jerusalem Friday morning to the Max Rayne bilingual school, which was the target of an arson attack last weekend. Many others joined the march in support the school and to speak out against racism, including activists and at least one member of Knesset, Jamal Zahalka of Balad.

Last Saturday night, still unidentified arsonists broke into two first-grade classrooms, piled the books in the middle of the room and set them on fire. One classroom was completely destroyed and the second was severely damaged. The arsonists also left racist graffiti, reading “Death to Arabs” and “There can be no coexistence with cancer.”

Read also: ‘We will overcome’: Arson and mourning at J’lem school

Most schools in Israel serve Jews or Arabs separately, in addition to separation between secular and religious students. Racially and religiously integrated schools are the exception and there are only a small number of them, most of them are private and they serve only a fraction of a percent of Israel’s children.

Since the arson attack, a wide range of civil society groups and politicians have offered their support and solidarity as well as outrage over the hate crime. Other schools in the city marched in support and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin hosted the younger children at his official residence.

Thousands of people march through Jerusalem in support and solidarity with the Max Rayne “Hand in Hand” bilingual school, which was the target of a racist arson attack a week earlier, Jerusalem, December 5, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Thousands of people march through Jerusalem in support and solidarity with the Max Rayne “Hand in Hand” bilingual school, which was the target of a racist arson attack a week earlier, Jerusalem, December 5, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Thousands of people march through Jerusalem in support and solidarity with the Max Rayne “Hand in Hand” bilingual school, which was the target of a racist arson attack a week earlier, Jerusalem, December 5, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Thousands of people march through Jerusalem in support and solidarity with the Max Rayne “Hand in Hand” bilingual school, which was the target of a racist arson attack a week earlier, Jerusalem, December 5, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Thousands of people march through Jerusalem in support and solidarity with the Max Rayne “Hand in Hand” bilingual school, which was the target of a racist arson attack a week earlier, Jerusalem, December 5, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Thousands of people march through Jerusalem in support and solidarity with the Max Rayne “Hand in Hand” bilingual school, which was the target of a racist arson attack a week earlier, Jerusalem, December 5, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Thousands of people march through Jerusalem in support and solidarity with the Max Rayne “Hand in Hand” bilingual school, which was the target of a racist arson attack a week earlier, Jerusalem, December 5, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Thousands of people march through Jerusalem in support and solidarity with the Max Rayne “Hand in Hand” bilingual school, which was the target of a racist arson attack a week earlier, Jerusalem, December 5, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Marchers arrive at the Max Rayne “Hand in Hand” bilingual school, which was the target of a racist arson attack a week earlier, Jerusalem, December 5, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Marchers arrive at the Max Rayne “Hand in Hand” bilingual school, which was the target of a racist arson attack a week earlier, Jerusalem, December 5, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) marches along with thousands of people march through Jerusalem in support and solidarity with the Max Rayne “Hand in Hand” bilingual school, which was the target of a racist arson attack a week earlier, Jerusalem, December 5, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) marches along with thousands of people march through Jerusalem in support and solidarity with the Max Rayne “Hand in Hand” bilingual school, which was the target of a racist arson attack a week earlier, Jerusalem, December 5, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

 

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‘We will overcome’: Arson and mourning at bilingual school
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    1. Pedro X

      So how much money did they raise to get the school up and running again? The greatest answer to Jewish or Palestinian violence is to build and rebuild. That is why the Jewish communities in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria have been so successful. Build, repair and re build and the terrorists will be defeated.

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      • Mike Panzone

        Agreed. This strategy of yours can work but It is not so easy for the palestinians…not when Israel’s official policy is to frustrate their rebuilding attempts by denying or overpricing permits, bulldozing homes, shelling gaza, etc

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      • Bryan the inevitable lot of your

        Pedro please cite any damage to property caused by Palestinian terrorism in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Minor damage has occurred in Israel itself from the generally harmless squibs fired from Gaza. You are not rebuilding Jewish communities in the West Bank – this is all new colonisation on stolen land.

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        • Pedro X

          You must be joking Bryan. The attacks are ongoing. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has said that since Operation Protective edge there have been 5,000 attacks in Jerusalem alone.

          There have been hundreds of attacks against the Light Rail system in Jerusalem by Arab terrorists causing much damage.

          On Thursday night 4 Jewish owned vehicles and their occupants were hit with rocks thrown by Arabs from Shuafat. Last week a two year old was seriously injured in an Israeli car hit and smashed by rocks thrown by Arabs in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in Southern Jerusalem. This past Monday in Gilo Egged Bus number 32 had its windows shattered by rocks thrown.

          Three days ago the Rami Levy Store in Mishore Adumim was attacked and two Israelis stabbed. An off duty security guard shot the attacker in the leg.

          Kindergartens have come under attacks in Jerusalem from Arabs.

          French Hill has seen an abundance of attacks against Jewish Homes and businesses. The Matan gas station has been attacked numerous times, including in July and September when it was firebombed, ransacked and looted. Attempts to ignite the gas tanks failed. Schools and apartment blocks have been vandalized. On one Jewish school it was written “F..K You Jews”. Hundreds of vehicles have been vandalized. Arsons and break and enters occur on a regular basis.

          In October there was a wave of rock attacks and fire bombings on Jewish housing in Abu Tor.

          There have been attacks near Hebrew University, on Mount Scopus, Neveh Yaakov junction, Beit Hanina, Ilut and Tur’an, on highway 1, between Maaleh Shomron and El-Matan a mother of five had her car firebombed while she was in it, school bus in Maale Zeitim, was attacked and paint thrown on its windshield to make it crash.

          These are only a few of the incidents which are ongoing.

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          • Lo

            Those damn Palestinians, with their refusal to thank Israel for the boots on their necks!

            Also, let’s just take a moment to note that Pedro is seriously trying to compare broken windshields and paint vandalism to the expenditure of thousands of tons of cutting edge munitions against a captive population made primarily of women and children.

            Is this real life?

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          • Sluggo

            Lo, Pedro answered the question posed to him.

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          • It seems like it was only yesterday, those halcyon days of summer when operation offensive smell was in full bloom. The natives are restless. And the invaders cry “savages”, “inhuman beasts”, etc. Only Jewish victims of violence matter here. You really tow that line Ex.

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          • Bryan

            Sorry Pedro that does not answer the question – you said “Build, repair and re build and the terrorists will be defeated.” The incidents you cite are not the result of terrorism in any real sense. This is civil unrest, which is a completely different matter. Was the looting and violent protest that followed the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson caused by terrorism? Of course it was not. It was the response of a group who saw themselves as downtrodden victims of an unjust social order, an uncaring local government, and a vindictive police. Recent events in Jerusalem are exactly comparable – they are the spontaneous reaction of an underclass whose frustrations have reached breaking point. Please do not bandy around accusations of terrorism which are completely inappropriate. When Israeli protesters smashed the windows of numerous banks following the 22nd June 2012 arrest of Daphni Leef during the social justice protests was this Jewish terrorism in action? Of course not it was social unrest.

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          • Pedro X

            Attacks of terrorism by Arabs against Jews have been going on for more than one hundred years. these acts of terrorism have been fomented by Arab Jew hatred and Arab leaders of Islam.

            In 2013 the paramedic organization in Israel known as United Hatzallah announced that just in the first 6 months of 2013 there had been over 5600 attacks on Jews by Arabs, 644 which were fire bomb attacks.

            And what is the Jewish answer to this terrorism, build. Just the other day Israel announced it was investing another 50 Million NIS in the Southern part of Har Homa to strengthen the Homat Shmuel community there. You might recall that Har Homa is built on land owned by Jews prior to 1948. In 1997 little existed there. Now some 25,000 Jews live in Har Homa. Har Homa will continue to grow as part of the capital of Israel.

            You also may recall that Arab terrorism drove Jews out of the Golan Heights in the 1920s, out of Safed, the old city and Hebron in 1929 and 1948 but the Jews have returned in all of these areas and continue to build up the Israeli state.

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          • If you’re a person of color or Palestinian, spontaneous acts of civil disobedience in the face of injustice is TERRORISM. Everything is called terrorism. It’s almost as overworked as antisemitism.

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          • Pedro X

            Running over 2 month old babies and then handing out candies and sweets in celebration thereof, is hardly civil disobedience. Nor are shooting to death teenagers, cutting the throats of sleeping children or axing worshipers at prayer in the Har Hof Synagogue civil disobedience.

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          • Bryan

            And how would you describe the slaughter of 29 Muslim worshippers and the wounding of a further 125 in the 1994 Cave of the Patriarchs massacre? And yet to continue to assert that the source of the problem is evil and violent Ppalestinians.

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          • Liz

            I wonder what label Pedro would give to Baruch Goldstein. Personally I don’t care. I am a Jew and a Zionist and I view this march as a wonderful response to the savages who tried to harm this school. If I am the wrong sort of Jew and Zionist for contemporary Israel, tough. I won’t change!

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        • Rachamim Dwek

          Harmless squibs? A Faj’r-5 missile is 3 meters (9ft) tall and packs up to 400kg (840lb) of military-grade explosives. Sagger A/T-3s? You have no idea what you are talking about which is also evident in your question about physical damage from Palestinian Terrorism. Israel dealt with a “Suicide Bombing” (sucessful or otherwise) once every 72 hours. Start with the Sbarros on King George and Yaffa in Jerusalem. That bomb leveled the building. Do yourself a favour and actually do some research.

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    2. Great pictures, especially the picture of MK Jamal Zahalka –

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