Hope And No Hope In Acre

The incident began when an Israeli Arab drove his care through a Jewish neighborhood on the eve of Yom Kippur. His window was open and music filled the air. To some Jewish people on the street, the appearance of a car, let alone one that blared music, was a deliberate insult to the Jewish religion and had to be dealt with by attacking the man in the car. The result was three days of rioting and shouting curses and hatred. Finally, a delegation of rabbis and President Peres met with Arab leaders of Acre to discuss the situation and find a way to attain peace. The Arab leaders apologized for the man’s behavior and the group discussed ways of forming a committee to avoid further such events.

However, the chief rabbi of Acre, Yoseph Yashar, was not satisfied with talk of peace and reconciliation. He was upset that the Arab leaders not only deplored violence toward Jews, but also Jewish violence toward Arabs. “s long as they(Arab leaders) link in the same breath the riots of Arabs on Yom Kippur eve with the acts of vengeance carried out by Jews in response, it will be very hard to calm things down.” Spoken like a true believer in peace and love to all human beings.