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WATCH: Israeli teens brandish racism after Palestinian children die

Israeli youth today has no fear of saying what it really thinks about Arabs. The youth featured in the video below are not only are they happy when children die, but one girl said she has no problem with taking a weapon and killing innocent Arabs

February 16, 2012. A bus full of kids north of Jerusalem hits a truck and turns over. Kids are burned to death in the fiery crash.

As the reports start to surface, so does the ugly Israeli. On Facebook, on the news sites. In the street. You can’t miss it. First it starts with an exhale of relief that they aren’t Jewish. Next comes the sorrow that more of them weren’t killed.

“Sure,” you say, “but these don’t represent Israeli society.”

Well, I beg to differ. I think the teenagers shown in the Channel 10 magazine item below (my translation) are actually quite representative of your average Israeli teenager. Nothing scientific on my part. Not backing it up with data, so you can go ahead and take a jab at me for that. Just backing it up with the daily doses of racism I see every day when I enter my social media, my news sites, my streets, my supermarkets, my clinics, my kids’ ballet classes, my work place. So many places. Those are my sources.

Sources of disgust.


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    1. Kathy


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    2. BOOZ

      Ami :

      The following has appeared on the +972 website

      “Palestine is too small for theives and victims. Both must exercise their right of return. I am hoping that 972 will provde a platform for facilitating the voluntary right of return of zionists. Elsa Rassbach is to be congratulated for her involvement, because Germany will need to play a major role in resettlment of zionists”

      When year after year generations of Israeli people have had this sort of message from accross the Green line-and considering that upon the accident many jumped and purported the truck driver was a settler (which he was not)- I feel I am not in a position to blame those kids, event though I feel it is my duty to correct their views.

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    3. Rami Zubeida

      These are not Average teenagers,these kids are not representative of your average Israeli teenager.If you watched the whole report you will know that these kids belong to certain neighbourhoods with lower level of education and social-economic status.
      These are children similar to the palestinian children who celebrate and hope for the death of Israelis.

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    4. Matt

      Everyone in Israel is racist, except for Ami Kaufman, his fellow bloggers at 972mag, and of course the Israeli Arabs and another non-Jewish Israelis.

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    5. Anonymous

      A video that our enlightened 972 editors will not be publishing any time soon:


      Can’t have the narrative violated right?

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    6. delia

      Yes, Ami, I see here what you mean.

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    7. ya3cov

      Thank you for this Ami

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    8. Lori Lowenthal Marcus

      Most certainly terrible, if this is not staged as a propaganda stunt to disparage Israel. However, you will never find the official statements of the Israeli government extolling the deaths of innocent children – Jewish or Arab – and that most certainly is not the case for the Arabs. Even the “moderate” Abbas glorifies murderers of Jews, including murderers of innocent Jewish children. So please, there are horribly misguided people everywhere, the difference is that Israelis are ashamed of their own who extol the death of others, while to the Arabs, those are the heroes. GTFU.

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    9. AIG


      There is racism in every society and it is our duty to fight it. At least channel 10 makes the effort and is self-critical. We have a long road ahead of us.
      Now to the part of the cup that is half full. During the second intifada there was not one case of lynching or violence against Israeli Arabs just because they were Arabs and many of them supported that attacks against Israeli civilians. In the US after 9/11 Muslims were attacked just for being Muslims and at least one was killed.
      If you want to be fair, you need to judge societies under similar circumstances. The Europeans themselves are not exemplars of decent behavior in war time and the Americans put their Japanese citizens in concentration camps during the war. And in those countries they did not have people like Zoabi that are very provocative. She is of course entitled to say what she wants, but to expect some Israelis not to be provoked, that is wishful thinking.
      I wonder how the British would have reacted to someone supporting the Argentinians during the Falkland war.

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    10. I never said there wasn’t racism in other societies, including my neighbors. That is not written in this post. Nor am I comparing which society is more racist. That is not in this post, either. I am showing the environment I and my family are living in. I do not think that I, nor Channel 10, have distorted anything.

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    11. AIG – Your statement, “During the second intifada there was not one case of lynching or violence against Israeli Arabs just because they were Arabs” is simply untrue.

      In 2005 Eden Natan-Ziada opened fire on a bus in Shfaram, killing 4 Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel and wounding 12. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eden_Natan-Zada

      In May 2007 Julien Soufir murdered a Palestinian-Arab taxi driver from Jerusalem. He said he committed the crime for ‘nationalist reasons.’ http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3685533,00.html

      In 2008, a group of Jewish teens from Pisgat Zeev went out hunting for Arabs & nearly beat two of them to death. They were 16 and 18 years old. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a57_1211968472

      And let us not forget the events of October 2000, when police used lethal ammunition to disperse Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel who were throwing stones. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_2000_events

      Let us not forget that during the time the Gaza disengagement Jewish teens spread oil and nails on highways; threw boulders and toxic substances from roofs onto the heads of soldiers; and resisted arrest. Yet none were shot to death, as were their fellow citizens of Arab extraction.

      And let us not forget that ultra-Orthodox Jews who riot in protest of parking lots open on the Sabbath are not shot to death by the police, either.

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    12. Anonymous

      Lisa all of those examples took place after the second intifada.

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    13. Anonymous – That is incorrect. The Intifada ended roughly in 2005, but there are many who believe it extended into 2006. There are of course many more examples of Jewish nationalist violence against Palestinian Arabs. But I notice you would rather argue about when these acts were committed, rather than agree that they are reprehensible.

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    14. Menil

      Having gone through 12 years of the Israeli education system, then 3 years in the army, then working in Israeli IT companies for several years, trust me, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Hatred is pumped into the minds of Israeli children from day 1, with the school system playing the main role in Jewish-supremacist brainwashing. I went through the whole thing. I know it well. But I’m the 1 percent that didn’t buy the racist brainwashing, perhaps due to my atheist, liberal background, a background which very few Israelis have.

      To me as an Israeli it’s obvious that the solution to the sickness of Israeli society can only be by means of boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel, because change can’t come from inside. Not with the Israeli society that I live in.

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    15. Walid

      Thanks for sharing and translating!

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    16. This is a spectacular video and thanks Manil for your contribution, it was powerful to say the least.

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    17. sh

      “Sources of disgust.”
      Indeed. Those who walk, travel on buses or shop at the market can tell a few stories too.
      But every once in a while there’s a truly wonderful one. I heard the story about a Jewish family that was beseeched by their Hebron Arab neighbors to leave their home and come stay with them just before the riots broke out there in 1929, from an old man sitting on a bench overlooking the sea. He had been a small child and said they stayed with those neighbors for a month, were offered every hospitality and treated as though they were family. The old man’s audience was a sceptical Russian woman, the time was just after the 2nd intifada and the place was not far from the Park Hotel, where it began 10 years ago this coming Friday.

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    18. Danny

      I’ve always been fascinated with Mizrachi hatred for Arabs. After all, Mizrachim ARE Arabs! So why do they hate their genetic and cultural kin with so much passion? In my opinion, the answer has to do with a Mizrachi inferiority complex that has been developed and cultivated by the state of Israel in order to foment hate and civil strife between Arab and Arab. Mizrachim rightly feel that they are discriminated against by the so-called Ashkenazi elites, but are made to feel superior against Arabs. A young Mizrachi who goes to the army instantly attains a level of superiority vis-a-vis the Palestinians and is empowered by it. In a perverse way, the Mizrachim are able to achieve equality with the Ashkenazim by projecting their own frustrations and feelings of inferiority onto the Palestinians. It is then they cease to be Arabs themselves (as they must know they are) and are welcomed into the superior Jewish tribe. These racist kids are not villains, they are victims of Zionism too.

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    19. Richard McDonough

      Alas, the dehumanization occurs in all societies where hate of “the other” persists and where technology and arms connected to it, abstract violence. Violent language in myriad cultures… political contests become battles, civic controversies are characterized by the press as “fights”, etcetera, make the minds of the young places where causal relationships cease to exist, where cheap and easy and hurtful language reinforces hurtful behavior from a shove to a scud. Ugly. Wrong. Sad.

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    20. Jon

      @Danny: Jews were ethnically cleansed from Arab territories, which could explain why there are Mizrachi Jews who do not like Arabs or do not see a bi national state as a reasonable solution to the conflict as they do not feel like they can live as equals among an Arab majority after the traumatic events that happened to them. Generally speaking though, not all Jews hate Arabs and not all Arabs hate Jews. To say so would be racist.

      “In total it is estimated that 800,000 to 1,000,000 Jews were forced out or fled from their homes in Arab countries from 1948 until the early 1970s. Some place the emigration peak to a slightly earlier time window of 1944 to 1964, when some 700,000 Jews moved to Israel from Arab countries and were dispossessed of nearly their entire property.” (From wikipedia..I know, it’s not a good reference but I’m sure you can find books on this matter)

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    21. Danny

      “Jews were ethnically cleansed from Arab territories, which could explain why there are Mizrachi Jews who do not like Arabs”
      Get your facts straight. Jews were not ethnically cleansed from Arab countries, and left pretty much at the behest of Israel. In some cases, Israel actively ‘persuaded’ Jews to leave, like when the Mossad faked attacks against Jewish institutions in Iraq to ‘prove’ to Jews there it was unsafe (documented).
      All in all, Jews had it BEST in Arab countries (certainly better than in European countries).
      By the way, most of the Mizrachi Arab haters hate Ashkenazi Jews almost as much. Coincidence?

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    22. Bill Pearlman

      Comment deleted and user banned

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    23. @Bill – that’ll be the last time you comment on +972 Magazine. You’ll just have to find another outlet for your hate speech.

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    24. Please @Danny, don’t speak on our behalf. We don’t hate Ashkenazim – we make fun of them, but we don’t hate them. It’s that eating Geffilte Fish thing. Gross.

      My family left Morocco between 1947 and 1956. They speak Arabic, they listen to Arab music and, because they were farmers, had closer relations with Israeli Arabs and Palestinians than pretty much anyone on this site. In any case, they left Morocco out of fear – you can say they were or they weren’t ethnically cleansed, but fear, based on past experience was definitely the main motivator. Despite similarities, they do not see Arabs as any kind of kin. Their suspicion of Arabs is based, in their words, on their intimacy with them: “We know Arabs. We lived with them, we worked with them, we speak their language.” This has less than nothing to do with Ashkenazim and Army service.

      That having been said, none would ever celebrate the death of a child or chant “Death to the Arabs” at a soccer game or mall or whatever. Death to Geffilte Fish maybe…

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    25. As an Ashkenazi, I support the call “death to Gefilte Fish”. You Mizrahim are lucky – we’re the ones who have to eat that crap. 🙂

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    26. Sam

      This is not merely a case of hatred and the occasional hate crime: in a year or two the kids you see in the video and their peers will not only be brandishing racism, but weapons as well, and lawfully, once they start their military service. Everywhere. That’s the most alarming thing.

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      • Michal

        I wanted to see the video, but of COURSE it was remove from YT.

        Please people, when you upload a vid, upload it to 3 different video sharing sites, NOT just YT.

        I find that most vids worth watching are removed. 🙁

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    27. Lauren

      That was really disgusting. I’m sure at home they are praised for the hate. I think kids as a rule are getting meaner and less respectful of others. This story doesn’t sound much different than the nastiness that goes on here in the US. Boundries don’t exist anymore. Just look on facebook for the teen comments. I think a lot of this is because we have become more violent and life is cheap. When world leaders are stomping the world and killing scores of civilians, it trickles down to the people who are taking on this hateful attitude. If we don’t want our kids to think like that, we will have to make changes on how we operate in the world and how we treat human life.

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      • Michal

        I agree Lauren. It’s the demise of our society : (

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    28. Sinjim

      The problem with Danny and CK’s comments is that they both assume that the experience of all Jews who came from Middle Eastern and North African countries was the same. One of them posits that none of them fled from fear, while the other posits that indeed, they did.
      Well, Moroccan Jews’ experiences were probably pretty different from Iraqi Jews or from Syrian or Yemeni Jews. Many Jews from North Africa were Sephardic, while many Jews from the Middle East were not. Some of these Jews were pushed out by government-sponsored pogroms in one go, others left their countries in successive waves.
      It seems pretty clear to me that Moroccan Jews would never identify as Arab, since Sephardim never Arabized culturally. At the same time, it’s false to pretend that the Moroccan Jewish experience applies to Jew from Iraq or from Syria or Lebanon, where many were culturally Arab. So the idea that all the so-called Mizrahi Jews learned to hate Arabs because they were pressured to by the Ashkenazi establishment or because they alone “know Arabs” seems like a pretty simplistic portrayal to me.

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    29. Freiheit

      It’s easy to take one group and claim it’s the consensus. But if those were the representatives of the average Israeli teenager, then you would see massive stone-throwing from the Israeli side, and not from the Palestinian.

      I agree with that they are racist and should be condemned, and yes, there are Israeli teenagers who are racist. But they are not even close to be the majority or a valid representation of the Israeli youth.

      If you listen very closely, their hate is driven by fear. Unlike the religious zealotry shown by the Palestinian children who compare the Jews to Apes and Pigs and say that it’s written in the Hadith that all the Jews must be killed in order for God/Allah/Yahweh to bring the salvation/rapture/Geula.

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    30. Frankie

      Sadly, this is a perfect depiction of the direction that Israeli society is going in. Israelis are getting much more fanatical in their thought process because of the superiority complex that was installed in Zionists a little over a hundred years ago in Europe. I don’t understand why this is such a surprise in that the entire basis for the creation of Israel is to show Jewish superiority in all of its Social Darwinist glory.

      You also can’t blame Palestinians for feeling the animosity they feel towards Israelis. That animosity was brought upon them by Israelis and no one else. They are being oppressed, tortured, maimed and killed every day in Israel’s goal to ethnically cleanse Palestine. To date, I do not know of any people in the history of mankind who have ever loved their oppressors.

      Zionism is the mother monster of hate and animosity that gave birth to the other little ideologies of hate on the other side. They feed off the mother. So if you end Zionism, you end the feeding mechanism to all hate in the region.

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    31. Danny

      @CK: I wasn’t speaking on your behalf. I was giving my own opinion. I don’t want to comment about your family’s reasons for leaving Morocco to come to Israel, but the fact is that present-day Morocco has a sizable Jewish community that apparently doesn’t share your family’s views about their Arab neighbors.
      I also want to make it clear that when I say that Mizrachim are Arabs, I do not mean it in a derogatory way. There is nothing wrong with being an Arab. It is only in Israel that the clear distinction between Jews and Arabs is made. Israel has always tried to separate Jews from Arabs, if by restricting Arab movement (prior to 1965), restricting Arab housing to Arab-only towns, enacting racist laws that prevent Jews and Arabs from marrying as well as political and military indoctrination.
      As an aside, Israel also makes a further distinction between ‘good’ Arabs (Druze) and ‘bad’ Arabs (all the rest).

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    32. sh

      Sinjim, what you say sounds logical, but although it would be correct for Yemenite Jews, it’s more complicated for the other Middle-Eastern countries. You’ll find not only Sephardi surnames in Beirut’s Jewish cemetery, but also Ashkenazi ones. Ditto for whatever graveyards survive in Egypt – Cairo had a fascinating mix of Jews. I don’t pretend to know much about Syria, but Iraq’s Sephardi Jews are well-known for their activity the world over, not least the communities they founded in colonial India.
      In the eyes of the religious majority in the countries in which they lived, Moroccan, Tunisian and Algerian Jews whether Sephardi or Mizrahi (the latter were, until recently, always lumped with the Sephardim by world Jewry, notwithstanding the social snobberies present within the Jewish community in Arab countries that are best compared to those within Islam and Christianity – or to the scorn directed at Galician Jews by Lithuanian Jewry, or directed at both of those by German Jewry) came to be associated with their colonial regimes and ended up being viewed by those who overthrew them as French pieds-noirs (even those on the side of the Arab nationalists). This is probably also the case for Lebanon (and Syria?).
      Like you, I don’t believe the Ashkenazim here turned them into racists. The Jews from Arab countries were mainly traditional and came here expecting redemption. Instead they found themselves in a place with problems they knew nothing about that was inadequately prepared to receive them. Cheated, fooled and often mistreated, the way new immigrants still are today, the old inter-Jewish social distinctions that existed in their own countries were dissolved and all were lumped together into a social class called “olim hadashim” (that also included holocaust survivors, btw), yet separate from Palestine’s non-Jewish population for the very good reason that most of them were housed in places from which the Palestinians had been chased. Despite the differences in dialects, some of them must have overheard uncomfortable things from conversations between Palestinians who came to Beit Shean with produce from places near Nazareth, to which some of Beisan’s population had been transferred. Jews from European countries would have missed learning what Jews from Arab countries must have become aware of. This is not just empty hypothesis, I lived near Beit Shean-Beisan in the early 1960s and saw – not that I could make any sense of it all at the time.

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    33. John Moyle

      It certainly is a difficult video to watch. It grieves me that youth and adults can applaud and celebrate the death of any child, of any ethnicity/race/religion, or any region, for any reason, at any time. And without placing blame on anyone, I can say that I have seen the fear, hatred, racism, distrust, and suspicion that exist among both Israelis and Palestinians.

      But this video also offers us something beautiful … the seeds of hope … the potential for a different and better future. I applaud and admire the settlers from Anatot overcoming their fears and reaching out to AND meeting with a grieving Palestinian family in the village of Anata. Watching them listen to the stories of the father and at some level trying to identify with the sorrow and grief of the Palestinian famiy was incredibly moving. The encouraging words that they offered, the extension of a handshake … little gestures that begin to humanize the conflict. And I applaud the Palestinian family (one member a former suicide bomber in training) for receiving the settlers into their home, offering them hospitality, and transparently sharing their pain with them. This is my “takeaway” from the video. We all know about the hatred and the violence, but what about these small acts of love and kindness and peacemaking?

      I am sure that it will be said (and ridiculed) that this is a mere spoonful of hope amidst a giant conflagration. What kind of effect could this one, small interaction have on such a large and deeply-rooted conflict? My response is two-fold. First, it is not a sole, isolated interaction. Interactions like this are taking place in an increased manner in both Israel and Palestine. Harvey Stein is making a movie called “A Third Way: Israeli Settlers and Palestinians as Neighbors” which highlights settlers and Palestinians building close, personal relationships of trust with each other. A Facebook group “Eretz Shalom” is using social media and other methods to bring Palestinains and Israelis together in dialogue. Sami Awad, a Palestinian Christian, is openly advocating for and encouraging Palestinians to “love their enemies” by actually seeing them and knowing them and spending time with them. This is just a glimpse of the ongoing efforts to change the dialogue of the conflict via relationship-building between Israelis and Palestinians.

      Still, this is not enough. Which brings me to my second response to those that might question the usefulness and effectiveness of this approach. No spoonful of water will put out an enormous fire. Nor will many spoonfuls do the trick. However, the more spoonfuls that are added to the mix will cause the fire to diminish. I encourage Israelis and Palestinians who desire peace to be “agents of change.” To demonstrate that there is “a third way,” a better way forward. A way that requires courage and possibly sacrifice … and definitely requires love. I encourage you to cross the divide and build relationships with “the other,” to step past your fears, overcome the existing obstacles, and find creative ways to love the other in real flesh and blood relationships. And for my fellow internationals who desire peace, I encourage you to boldly stand IN the divide, build relationships of trust with both Palestinians and Israelis, and then find creative ways to bring them together in dialogue with each other. Let’s ALL pour our spoonfuls of water on the fire together …

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    34. HC

      It’s really hard to watch, indeed. Even disgusting. Each time I get to know that the hatred is much more profound then I imagine..

      Thanks for sharing.

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    35. Charles

      These are very important and serious topics. How unfortunate that they are being mixed up with vile Gefilte Fish hatred.
      It is a delicious, traditional food that goes very well with with horseradish – red AND white varieties.
      Yes, the fight against racism must continue. We can’t afford to divide on the basis of affinity for Gefilte Fish.

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    36. Jonathan

      I have to call “racist” those here who think Jews are magically immune from hating people of a race that has an overwhelming proportion of itself wanting every Jew stuffed into an oven and roasted. Under what rock do you bourgeois fools live? I surely don’t advocate the hatred displayed by the teens in this video but to be at all surprised by it smacks of idiocy, if not typical liberal naivete.

      Rest In Peace you children of that bus accident…Eternal peace.

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    37. Max

      you have become what you have beheld

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    38. Ali

      A state that is based on a race and religion and does not allow the people from that land who belong to another race and religion to live there in dignity but imports others from far away lands is simply doomed…

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    39. Jose

      The very fact that it is on TV, shows that it’s not representetive of the mainstream and majority of population.

      One can only wonder why isn’t there a Palestinian equivalent, ever…

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    40. FMK

      I live in Israel, and I know the situation, but still, it breaks my heart to watch this video, for all of us: Palestinians and Jews.

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    41. Dean Gordimer

      Bad enough the kids’ racism. But look how many adult lies go unchallenged.
      Pisgat Ze’ev is not a neighborhood, it’s an illegal settlement and the kids of Shu’afat who live across the valley and see Pisgat Ze’ev’s wealth and ease every day, were pushed out of their homes to make way for this settlement.

      The footage juxtaposing the haters on each side suggest parity when, in fact, we have an occupier and an occupied.

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    42. Peter Davis

      Shocking and sad.
      To see people revelling in the death of innocents.
      To dehumanise a people to the point that they are little more than rats and, so, easy to to feel apathy towards, at the very least, and hate.
      Here in Ireland we have many variations.
      Hatred towards Catholics and Protestants in our partitioned Northern Ireland, this is abating, in educated classes at least, amongst the young and disaffected it is as strong as ever.
      Dissadent terrorists stoke the fires of hatred to meet their own ends.
      Are Israel and it’s neighbours being manipulated by other forces?
      It is surely not the natural way of the jewish people to harbour such hate, despite the crimes committed against them?
      The Muslim world then, do they deserve this?
      Governments can surely be evil, can certainly have ill intent but ordinary people are just people, they want to be led to a peaceful life, they, be it Iranian, Israeli, Syrian, American or even Irish want that thing.. “security”, that word that just means “safety”.
      So, why can’t we all be secure, and stop seeing our neighbours as folk to be feared as “different” and perhaps we can stop youth from viewing the death of innocents as a good thing, as a righteous thing, perhaps these young men will feel shame for their words, I hope so.

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