There's a comfortable camaraderie between Jews and Arabs, both staff and customers. Arab tourists also shop there and act very polite and friendly. No matter what our politics, we try to put it all aside and just do our jobs, and I figure that if the Arabs really didn't want us here, they wouldn't shop in our stores.
There's a limit to the
The soldier's family reported Friday that he went missing and failed to make contact since the morning hours. The Shin Bet, together with the IDF and the police, began a strenuous investigation, and came up with intelligence information indicating that the soldier had taken a cab together with an Arab man who worked with him in a restaurant in Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv.I consider myself a realist, a pragmatist. This isn't the first time a Jew was attacked or murdered by an Arab he had trusted.
The Arab is named Nadal Amar, and he is a resident of the village of Bayt Amin, near Kalkilya. The two had taken the taxi toward Shaarei Tikva, which is close to that village.
As far as I'm concerned there's a big difference between working with Arabs in a Jewish owned store and hiring Arabs to work in my home, or having Arabs working in Shiloh, whether a group working at a building site, or just one or two doing a small job. There's no way that a guard can really keep track of what's happening.
Being polite, friendly, helpful etc does not have to require letting down our guard.
My condolences to the family of Sgt. Tomer Hazan.
This tragedy should be a lesson for us all.