Noted author Amos Oz said something which I quote here from memory and which is worthy of reflection: “If I were to fall in the street in any other country in the world there is a risk that people would pass me by without stopping. If I were to fall in the street in Israel, someone would be there immediately to help me up. That is why, if I must fall in the street, I would prefer to fall in an Israeli street. Even if the person who helped me up were to recognise me and as a result trip me up again, I know that another person would immediately help me to get up. That is why Israel is the country I call home.”
*Sergio Della Pergola is a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The article was translated by Sahar Zivan.