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The following, excerpted from an article by Anat Hoffman, Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, is not a spoof. It is the real thing, so pay close attention to the message, and do not think that only Muslims are prone to terrorism and radicalization:

 On Wednesday, a mosque in Kafr Jab’a, a West Bank village near Bethlehem, was torched. The attackers sprayed graffiti on the walls saying: “for the redemption of Zion,” and “revenge.” The next day, the Greek Orthodox Seminary on Mount Zion in Jerusalem was set on fire and hate graffiti was sprayed on the walls. The building houses a dormitory for dozens of 10-17 year old boys.
 
I visited the seminary the day after the attack, together with Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, and Rabbi Noa Sattath, IRAC’s Director. Five teens who live in the dormitory told us how they were woken up at 4:30 in the morning by firefighters who fought the blaze. The attackers set the fire after smashing the bathroom windows and pouring gallons of gasoline into the building. Thankfully, all the boys made it out of the building without injury.

The boys also told us how living in Jerusalem as Christians is a daily challenge.  Yeshivah students routinely spit on them, particularly when they walk in the streets with their teachers, who are dressed in their traditional priestly robes.  

This is unacceptable. The city council and police must increase enforcement of anti-harassment laws and take strong action against such acts of public humiliation and violence.

Mr. Spock once said “I wonder how humanity managed to survive,” to which Captain Kirk replied: “We overcame our instinct for violence.”

We can’t afford to wait until the 23rd Century to make Captain Kirk’s response a reality.             Live long and prosper,

Anat Hoffman

Director, Israel Religious Action Centre