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Fear and Loathing on the Mount of Olives


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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.

About the Author: Yishai Fleisher is the Contributing Editor and PR manager at the JewishPress.com, and Israel's only English language broadcast radio show host (Galey Yisrael 106.5FM). Yishai is 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, they have two children, and they live on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


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