Photo Credit: Yoav Ari Dudkevitch/Flash90
An Israeli policeman inspects the graffiti sprayed on the wall of the monastery in Latrun, Sept. 4 2012.

It is futile to try and teach these people how to behave in the civilized world. They will not listen – rejecting anything we tell them that contradicts their pre-conceived notions. Notions of anti gentile hatred that is so ingrained it would be easier to separate them from their right arms!

The only thing we can do is protest it as loudly and as clearly as we can. And to apologize as did the Chief Rabbi of Israel:

Israel’s Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger spoke out against the “heinous deed.”

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“I object to any attack on a holy site, and hope the perpetrators are punished,” he said in a statement to AFP. “I do not know who was behind the deed, but if it was Jews — I ask for forgiveness.”

The rest is up to the government of Israel. They have to put in the extra effort to catch those who did it. And to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law! And if a lawmaker tears up another Christian bible, he ought to be at the very least publicly censured by the Knesset! The last thing any Jew should ever do is act like a Nazi!

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Harry Maryles runs the blog "Emes Ve-Emunah" which focuses on current events and issues that effect the Jewish world in general and Orthodoxy in particular. It discuses Hashkafa and news events of the day - from a Centrist perspctive and a philosphy of Torah U'Mada. He can be reached at hmaryles@yahoo.com.