Student response to "Death to Arabs" graffiti in Jerusalem

“Death to Arabs” was graffitied seven times on the walls of the Max Rayne Jerusalem School during the night of October 29th. Workers from the Jerusalem Municipality came quickly to remove the offensive and unwanted slogans, and teachers and principals held discussions in classes, allowing students to share their feelings about the sight of this racist and violent graffiti on the walls of their school. 

In Hand in Hand schools throughout the country, students, parents, educational and organizational staff, choose every day to live and become part of a reality of shared Jewish-Arab society. As a public example, the Hand in Hand Jerusalem community held joint walks on the Mesila Park throughout the summer. Hundreds of Jews and Arabs marched week after week in the shared public space – a space without violence or racism. 

It the light of day, when events like this occur, when it seems that the violence and racism in Jerusalem have crossed new boundaries, we choose to continue along our path; a path of civic and institutional engagement to create equal, cooperative, social and educational spaces.

Hand in Hand students in Jerusalem hung a sign in Hebrew and Arabic where the "death to Arabs" graffiti had been. "Here there is partnership, love and friendship between Jews and Arabs."

"This is our answer," one student said.

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