Saturday, April 2, 2011

(VIDEO) Israeli Social Experiment Testing Racist Situations - What Would You Do?

Just like in the ABC News show “What Would You Do?”, the results of the Israeli version of the show demonstrate the complexities of society and competing internal values. In this episode, an (actor) coffee merchant refuses to serve Arabs, with some Israelis lambasting the seller while others sympathize with his views. To add further complexity, one Israeli makes the case that all people deserve to be treated equally, even ultra-orthodox Jews who he personally dislikes. But just like John Quiñones, the Israeli reporter on this version of the show lauds those who made the right decision, which in this case was to stand up for the Arab customers and rebuff the bigoted salesman.

Most Israelis deal with a situation like this exactly as I would expect us to...with common decency and concern for anyone involved...Am Yisrael Chai!!

Part 1

Part 2

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