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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Rotten to the core

After the Defence Minister's genocidal threat to the Arabs in Gaza, Knesset member Avigdor Lieberman expresses similar views on Israel's domestic Arab minority. You know, the ones who are treated equally with Jews and have full civil rights, according to Israeli apologists if not the US State Department. Lieberman of course is not a lone voice in the Knesset on this matter.

We are forever hearing about the hatred of Jews which permeates Arab societies and is encouraged by Arab governments; and how there is no equivalent in Israel, where Arabs are treated as equals and the government doesn't incite hatred against them. To which one must say: bull-SHIT! If hatred of Arabs is confined to a few flakes on the fringes of Israeli society, why does behaviour like this by Israeli soldiers, which causes genuine revulsion among many normal Israelis, go unpunished? Why was Baruch Goldstein allowed to continue serving as a medical officer in the IDF after disobeying a direct order and violating his oath as a doctor by refusing to treat a non-Jew? (The link also has good examples of the hero-worship of the mass murderer and denigration of his victims, in a way we are usually told is characteristic only of those who murder Jews.) Israeli Jews are not all racists and Islamophobes, any more than Arabs are all racists and anti-semites. But some of them are, and they are distributed from top to bottom of Israeli society. And if you need further proof of the extent to which their vileness is officially sanctioned, consider this: Eitam was not ejected from the Knesset after his remarks, but an Arab MK who complained about his racism was.

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