Bereaved Parent: Fighting Anti-Semitism Begins at Home

Bereaved father Dr. Aryeh Bachrach does not understand why Israel does not allow him to sue the Palestinian Authority (PA) for its role in the murder of his son ten years ago. 

"The Palestinian Authority was convicted in a US court of conspiracy to murder US citizens," he noted Sunday to Arutz Sheva. "Why here, in Israel, does the government not give the option to sue the PA for helping kill Jews? We have evidence that the PA assisted the murderers." 

Bachrach's son Ohad, along with friend Ori Shahor, were killed in 1995 when they were hiking in Wadi Qelt east of Jerusalem. The PLO's Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine faction claimed responsibility for the murders. Bachrach, of Beit El, was 18 when he was killed, and Shahor, of Ra'anana, was 20.

Ten years later, Bachrach sees the legislation being successfully waged, finally, against the PA and urges similar moves in Israel "not as punishment, but as compensation, an obligation exercise to wave in front of the faces of Palestinians in the world." 

"There is room for change also in the battle against anti-Semitism at home," said Bachrach, referring to the decision to declare a boycott against Israel by student organizations and faculty in the UK. 

"The Foreign Ministry is scrambling to work against student organizations and faculty in Britain calling for a boycott of Israel," he noted. "Is this not an issue of freedom of expression? Is there no academic freedom?"

Bachrach also referred to the controversy surround the controversial play "A Parallel Time." The play, running for over a year at Haifa's Al-Midan Theater, is based on the life story of Palestinian terrorist Walid Daka who took part in the kidnapping, mutilation and murder of 19-year-old IDF soldier Moshe Tamam in 1984. Since its introduction into the national cultural basket, an Education Ministry project aimed at bringing arts and culture to young Israelis, it has been seen by over 900 11th and 12th graders. 

Bachrach noted angrily that, even after opposition was raised by current Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) to the production, the budget for the theater was frozen – but nothing else. "The obvious response was to stop all funding, indefinitely and ban the play from being shown in public," he said. 

"Once we do justice in our own country and finish internal anti-Semitism, only then can we look outward and take care of anti-Semitism in the world," he concluded. 

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/196370

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