During the 19th century in America many newspapers carried ads from local businessmen which contained the following after listing job openings: ‘No Irish Need Apply.” As a boy growing up in New York City during the 1930s and 1940s it was common knowledge which businesses would not hire Jewish people. Fast forward to Jerusalem in 2011. A fish merchant at the Mahane Yehuda open air market noticed a boy taking notes. He called the police. The boy’s name was Meier Effinger, a grandson of the notorious religious fanatic, Rabbi Meier Kahane. The 17 year old boy lived in a West Bank settlement and had help begin the “Hebrew Labor” organization.
The goal of this group is forcing employers not to hire Arabs. It is so sad that ignorant boys like Meier fail to understand that as a Jew he must oppose such discrimination since it was just this type of thinking that led to the Holocaust. Once one begins with no job for those who are inferior, what is the end result?