“As long as we compartmentalise violence according to some arbitrary factor in our victims such as their language, race, gender, their perceived intelligence or their species, we will never target it at its roots or eliminate it from our lives. Difference and distance are not factors that justify violence, which is a notion close to the heart of Judaism. It is vital that our behaviour is in line with these values.
It should be no more acceptable if a human at some distance from ourselves and our kin is harmed, than it is if one of our own is harmed. It should be no more acceptable if a non-human life is harmed, than it is if one of our own species is harmed.”
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