Monday, November 15, 2010

Safed, Israel

I find myself siding with the Jews in this story — Allegations of racism and questions about an Israeli town's character. "In the winding stone alleys of this Galilee hill town, a centuries-old center of Jewish mysticism, a campaign... being waged by the town rabbi, Shmuel Eliahu, who along with other area rabbis issued a religious ruling several months ago forbidding residents to rent apartments to Israeli Arab students from the local community college."

Not so nice, perhaps, but it should be up to local communities to determine their character. Also, this is a "centuries-old center of Jewish mysticism" not some recent settlement of Jewish fanatics.

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