Intimidation in South Tel Aviv. Dec. 31st, 2012
This article was originally written for the Canadian Jewish News. Unfortunately, there was not enough space for it in this week's edition.
The authors feel it is important to get this message out to the Canadian Jewish community right now.
UPDATE: The article was published on January 28 in the Canadian Jewish News.
By Naomi Lightman, A. Daniel Roth and Leora Smith with members of Right Now
On December 10, many of us gathered at home to light the menorah in honour of Hanukah. In Tel Aviv’s Levinsky Park, a different sort of Hanukah gathering took place. There, hundreds of Jewish Israelis joined prominent politicians to light the menorah amid picket signs reading “Sudanese, go back to Sudan.” Looking on were non-Jewish African asylum seekers, many of whom are homeless and living in Levinsky Park. While significant segments of Israeli public opinion have turned violently against African asylum-seekers, very little has been heard about this in North America. We’d like to start that conversation now.