There are enough Jews who care. But Arab culture especially values the word of leaders. And Arab Israelis especially trust certain of our leaders. President Rubi Rivlin and the High Court justices have good names as anti-racists. They should speak up now. Not just talk to Arab leaders but directly speak to the Muslim public: get vaccinated immediately.
Ramadan is coming up. Election rallies/demonstrations are underway. These are dangerous mass gatherings where men can pick up the new coronavirus and spread it around in your communities and families.
G^d is great but He sent physicians to heal us for Him. Don’t ignore His outstretched hand. Remember that Islam figured out a long time ago that we have Free Will, although G^d is all-powerful. We need to play our part.
You may see Israeli society opening up, now most of the 50+-olds are vaccinated. You hear from people at work, in university, in the street, on television that they are going to sporting events, weddings, you name it (when doubly vaccinated). Don’t kid yourselves. Don’t imitate them. First, get vaccinated. Don’t take it like: ‘Why should Arabs have a lesser life than Jews?’ Protect your elderly! Young Arabs, convince your parents.
The vaccinations are bought and available. They are free of charge. As an Israeli citizen, you are entitled to them. You paid for them when you paid taxes. If you think you can do without, take them to protect your family. More and more young people are getting very sick with the new variants. When more older people are immune, they’ll be less likely to be in danger.
Jews who don’t have such an especially good name with the Arab community should speak with those Jews who do and tell them to speak up. Saving human life is a cornerstone of our culture and tradition.
Israel is already an example of how to treat a pandemic and live peacefully, Jews and Arabs, side-by-side. (In Israel, no one cares what religious garb anyone wears, at work or in the street.) But vaccination needs more effort, together with a need of the State to get more involved in fighting violence in the Arab sector. The world watches full of high hopes and expectations.