Israeli Arab actor Juliano Mer-Khamis has been killed by “masked Palestinian gunmen” in Jenin. Mer-Khamis had been the subject of threats against his “un-Islamic” plays:
Objectors were also outraged when Mer-Khamis staged the play “Animal Farm”, in which the young actors played the part of a pig, which Islam considers an impure animal.
Mer Khamis said he had planned to stage The Lieutenant of Inishmore, a satire of armed resistance, but shelved the idea after someone smashed the window of his car.
In other not-so-pleasant news, it seems that Israeli schoolchildren have been using figures wearing keffiyehs for target practise on a pre-military program. I guess there is racism in Israel after all.
There’s really no excuse for this kind of thing. I hope that the people behind this are publicly relieved of their jobs.
Twelfth-grade students from Herzliya’s Hayovel High School took part in a simulated shooting attack in which the targets were figures decked out with the Arab keffiyeh headdress, Haaretz has learned.
The incident took place at a military base last week during the annual 12th grade trip. The students were being escorted to a commanders’ base in the Negev as part of an “IDF preparation” project, which is sanctioned by the Education Ministry.