During my east European Conservative Jewish childhood it was constantly impressed upon my mind that we Jews are God’s “Chosen People.” I assumed this meant that as a Jew it was impossible for me to hate groups of people or treat them with disrespect. Why else would God select me as one of his Chosen People? He certainly did not want me to behave like the rest of humankind which can never cease murdering and mistreating those who are different.
Recent polls in Israel reveal some interesting views held by the Chosen People of that land:
1. Half of Israel Jews do not want Arab teachers working with their Jewish children.
2. 82% of Orthodox Jews prefer a Christian to a Muslim teacher.
3. 48% of Orthodox Jews would like to expel Muslim from Israel.
4. 64% say Arabs should leave Israel, but they are willing to give them some compensation for their property. Now,that’s a mighty nice Christian sentiment!