by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths
On the way back from the Kotel this morning, I passed two Israeli soldiers guarding the arab shuk. They are not always there; it depends if the army feels that we need the extra protection that morning.
I always say, “Hashem guard you,” to them when I walk by. Rarely are any of them religious, but they all appreciate my prayer. They usually respond, “You too,” or “Thanks.” Today, I noticed that both of them had dark skin, and I recalled how that black African bishop screams that Israel is today’s Apartheid.
“Apartheid” is a South African term that comes from “apart.” It refers to the forced separation on the majority blacks by the ruling minority whites in South Africa in the second half of the 20th century.
The bishop cried out bitterly against the Israeli soldiers forcing the arabs to go through check points, and humiliating them by searching them.
So, are we separating the arabs from us? Is he correct? Yes, we are separating populations. But, as you can see, this separation is not based on skin color, nor is it based on religion. The “chr-istian Quarter” is only a few yards from where the soldiers stood. It is based on war. When the arabs stop attacking us we will stop searching them for bombs.
Today, arabs walk though Jewish neighborhoods without the least trouble. I see them all the time, walking through the Rova, on the public transportation, buying in any store. But a Jew would be taking his life into his hands if he would wander into an arab neighborhood, and could expect to be lynched in an arab village. Read the news.
“Apart”? You bet!