Friday, June 16, 2006

Yesterday on the evening news the mother of one of the teenage girls who were almost kidnapped by Palestinians was asked if she intended to ( allow her daughter to ) continue hitching rides. "Of course," she said, "this is our land!" I have news for her: I live in what is just as much our land - or even more so, I believe, and most civilized countries back me up on this -, and I feel safe here and all that, but I cannot think of a situation in which I will risk my life by taking a ride with people whom I do not know, and I will undoubtedly teach my children not to hitchhike as well. It seems that I am not the only one who believes that for Jews hitchhiking in the Westbank is an irresponsible act.

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