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What Would You Do?

What Would You Do?

Is indifference to hate the same thing as hate?

by Jewlarious.com Staff

Published: April 5, 2008


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Visitor Comments: 93

(93) Anonymous, March 8, 2011 10:37 PM

That is offensive. I'm glad to see that at least 16 people cared.

(92) Natalie, February 15, 2011 4:48 PM

i found this quite shocking! Thank G-d I live in a society that accepts everyone as individuals. To take it out on a shopper is absolutely scary and more scary is that so few stood up for her

(91) Judy, November 28, 2010 7:47 PM

"Ki ger hayita..."

I often find myself in the interesting position of being a Jew married to an Israeli standing up in defense of Muslims. On the evening of 9/11 2001 I wrote an OpEd piece for our local newspaper half of which was devoted to begging Americans not to take out their pain and anger against Muslims (or those whom they thought were Muslims) living among us. You do not defeat an evil, in this case bigotry, by adopting and perpetrating it. Should there be profiling in airport security? Absolutely. If it had been Jews who had inflicted this evil on the world, I would expect to be given extra scrutiny when going through airport security; in fact, I'd welcome it and feel safer because of it. But should people be insulted and discriminated against in ordinary life because of their religion or ethnic background? Absolutely not. I want to be able to demand that my children not be forced into Christian religious activities in the public schools. I expect to be able to keep them out of school on Jewish religious holidays. I would protest very loudly if someone discriminated against an orthodox Jewish woman wearing a snood or a sheitel or a man wearing a kippah. If I expect American society to accommodate those things, I need to defend a woman wearing the hijab from discrimination, as well.

(90) SusanE, November 5, 2010 3:37 PM

It's A Show to Produce Hate and Sell Products.

I saw the program on Television when it first aired. At that time I thought don't show me actors and sets and situations that are not real. Movies and news programs and history books have been trying to form our values for far too long. Please note that they used a woman who covered her hair, not a man. Think how the exchange would have gone with a woman store owner and a man in Muslim wear. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There are many compassionate comments here. In a real situation where I was denied service because of how I looked or who I was, I would leave the store. I know that seems a defeatest attitude, but I have the freedom here to report the store owner for showing discrimination toward me. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ That video could have just as well been a Rabbi in a long black coat, a priest in his collar, a pair of Mormon missionaries, or a man with eyeshadow and ear rings who were denied service.

(89) Penina, October 29, 2010 3:39 AM

Don't perpetuate hate!

We can't stop the haters from hating us by hating them back. Let's not not sicken ourselves that way. We can hate their actions and resist them, and that's enough. As for individuals, how can you assume an individual hates you? On an individual level, there are people whose minds and hearts are receptive and can be reached- why squander that? We are not permitted to hate, that 's the sin of our enemies.

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