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We Jews have every right to walk in the free city of Jerusalem in our ancestral homeland, just as Arabs have every right to a life of decency. Yet some people want to perpetuate the lies that Jews don’t belong, Jews are violent, Jews are the source of all Middle East problems.

Returning Jewish life to Jerusalem is normal. Jews and Arabs living together is normal. Grave desecration is not normal and throwing rocks at tour groups is not normal. But that desecration and those rocks are futile because they will neither scare the Jewish people from reclaiming our rights in eastern Jerusalem nor deter us from continuing to build a democractic Jewish state that is good for all its citizens.

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Yishai Fleisher is a Contributing Editor at JewishPress.com, Chief Editor at JNi.media, talk-show host, and International Spokesman for the Jewish community of Hebron, an Israeli Paratrooper, a graduate of Cardozo Law School, and the founder of Kumah ("Arise" in Hebrew), an NGO dedicated to promoting Zionism and strengthening Israel's national character. Yishai is married to Malkah, and they live on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem with their children.
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