"I am what I am: a German Jew. That´s exactly what I look like, too. I´m sociologist. Israel's social predicament is fully clear to me. They have to shoot in order not to be shot at and killed. I myself, however, stem from a Jewish tradition of some thousand years, when Jews were excluded from careers in the police and the military that demanded the use of physical force. I always saw it as a part of the Jewish tradition that people who commit violent acts belong to a lower class of humanity. My education in the tradition of classical German humanism strengthened this feeling. I can´t help myself. I still see the use of psychical violence for resolving group conflicts as barbaric and also as un-Jewish." 

(source: exhibition "Jewish portraits", Goethe Institut Sydney, http://www.goethe.de/an/syd/herlinde/pages/)