By Tamar Shertok
For centuries, Jews have been targets of persecution, incrimination and hostility.
Following the Nazi regime’s discrimination, victimization and horrific, genocidal crimes, the international community established a homeland to protect the Jewish people.
Now, it is the State of Israel’s responsibility to give back and protect the vulnerable and the unprotected.
As the Torah states, “love thy neighbor as thy self.” Based on this verse all humans should be treated with equality and respect, regardless of race, nationality, or ethnicity.
From September 2011 to February 2012, through the Masa program Career Israel
, I volunteered at the African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) located in south Tel Aviv.
There I witnessed firsthand the daily hardships refugees face in Israel.