And while public expressions of hate can lead to hateful behavior by the community exposed to these messages, in the case of Israel, it is the discriminatory policies that exist on religious matters that fuel these public expressions and create a reality that does not foster religious pluralism. To begin to change attitudes, therefore, means focusing on a change in policy. There are many policies regarding religion and state that one can focus on, but the most egregious are the rules about marriage.
Whether one agrees or disagrees with the work of the nongovernmental organizations mentioned — and ADL strongly disagrees with groups like Breaking the Silence, which refuse to contextualize Israeli military actions and to consider the hostile climate to which they contribute — accusing them of supporting Palestinian terror is potentially libelous, and certainly undemocratic and dangerous.This kind of incitement against President Rivlin or against left-wing organizations and activists should be rejected and condemned. Israel has tragically experienced what such incitement can lead to. Luckily, many have spoken up.
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