Taking Cultural Differences into Consideration

Cultural differences exist.  They extend into the sphere of religious beliefs.  Some seven hundred Muslims were trampled to death by fellow Muslims yesterday due to their coming together at the Haj in known intolerable conditions.  But that is their belief, no matter how different they are from us of you, and it is their right — as long as they do not harm others from different cultures and religions.

The kaporot custom of symbolically transferring one’s sins and transgressions to a chickn or a fish has drawn this year, in Israel and other locations, sharp protests.  Some of them attract people who call Jews “Nazis” for cricling a chicken around their heads.  Two years ago, a protester in Israel called out, “We refuse to live in a country where animals die for our customs.”  Of course, I presume they’d protest animals dying for our stomachs, but that’s only a guess.

However, there are times when liberal, progressive, humanist people take cultural differences into consideration.  For example, if you believe that Israelis should not be residing in Judea and Samaria, you can join a weekly protest “against the wall, occupation, and the settlements”.

Today, for example, you can go to Nabi Saleh, Kufr Qaddum, Al Ma’asara, Ni’lin or Bil’in to do so.  And here are the instructions:

Contact Phone Against Wall

Please register as early as you can (not later than Thursday afternoon) to ensure a place in the organized transportation and ease the organizing process…You can get a refund through the transportation coordinator.


Please let us know as soon as possible if you can bring a car and take into consideration cultural differences in the choice of clothing.

Why clothing?

Could it be that too much skin revealed by women would not be appreciated by Muslims?  Or perhaps it would be too dangerous given instances of sexual harrassment as reported three years ago:

Female activists accuse leftist organizations of belittling cases of harassment by Palestinians for the sake of the struggle against the occupation; Palestinian activist: It is unacceptable that Israeli or foreign women that come to protest in solidarity with us be harassed.

Why is one type of difference, much more harmful and dangerous, to be tolerated, but Jews and their chickens draw anti-Semitic slurs?

Another oddity of the radical left that needs, perhaps, some kaporot?

About the Author
Yisrael Medad, currently is a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Deputy Editor of the English Language Anthology of Jabotinsky's Writings. American-born, he and his wife made Aliyah in 1970. He resides in Shiloh since 1981. He was a member of the Betar Youth Movement World Executive and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Yesha Council. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University and is active is many Zionist and Jewish projects and initiatives.
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