The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Our hearts are heavy today after learning of a vicious act of terrorism in the West Bank, in which Israelis are suspected of setting the home of a Palestinian family on fire. Tragically, the fire claimed the life of a toddler and badly injured others. Rabbi Jonah Pesner offered thoughts on the tragedy:
It is with equal amounts of horror and heartbrokenness that we awoke to the news of the overnight terror attack in the West Bank that claimed the life of a toddler and badly injured other family members. All indications are that the perpetrators of this violence are Jews, engaged in the kind of “price tag” attacks that have become all too frequent.
The growing phenomenon within Israel of racist incitement violates the values of democracy and compassion. It contributes to an atmosphere in which the violence like that seen last night can occur. Simply put, there can be no place for hate-filled rhetoric or violence in Israel or in any civilized society; these acts must be clearly and loudly condemned by all people of goodwill. We call on the government to use all its resources to swiftly find and prosecute those responsible to the full extent of the law. May the memory of Ali Saad Dawabasha be for a blessing and may his parents and brother have a full recovery from their wounds and find comfort in their memories of his too short life.
We know all too well that these “price tag” attacks are starting to become facts of life for Palestinian communities, and something must change. We are proud to work with partners like the Israel Religious Action Center, who have examined some of the factors contributing to this violent racism in their new “Racism and Gender in Israel” report and have long advocated for a stronger government response to acts of terror on non-Jews. The time has come for a forceful and consistent response to those who think that such violence is acceptable.