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By Micah Halpern

Monday September 26, 2022
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As Israel’s election campaign heats up, Israeli President Isaac Herzog has spoken out forcefully against the rise of violence that surrounds the campaigns.

Speaking at the traditional High Holiday services held at Jerusalem’s President’s Synagogue, President Herzog said: “Violence is on the rise. Verbal violence—accusations of treason, comparisons to the Nazis, threats and curses—in the public sphere and on social media. Verbal violence never remains that way. Concerningly, we see insults turning into physical violence. Into curled fists, into assaults, into bloodshed."

“One cannot avoid the disturbing thought: what’s next? Knives? Gunfire? Fatalities, God forbid? After all, we have already been through this story before, and this time—we must not hold back or bite our tongues. I forcefully condemn these violent phenomena. And I say to everyone, before your next nasty post, before your next hate-filled tweet or reply, before fighting, attacking, and hitting—stop! Don’t come along later seeking forgiveness or apologizing—stop now! Before it’s too late.”

The political rhetoric has gotten very ugly and violence has erupted.  It is time to tamp that down.

Kudos to President Herzog for stepping up and addressing the issue.

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20 October 2022 10:52 AM in Thoughts

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