this not racism?
Despite relentless evidence that Israeli society is racist to the core, the world outside keeps silent, writes Saleh Al-Naami
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From left: Supporters mark the 23rd anniversary of Hamas and the 43rd anniversary of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
"I felt that God brought back my son from the dead," said Fatema, mother of Gamal Nassar who attends college in the city of Safad in northern Israel. She hugs him tight after checking to make sure he was not hurt by the firebombs that targeted his car as he left his rented apartment in Safad on Friday. It was not a surprise attack, since it's part of spiralling violence by Jewish youth against Arab students who come to attend college from villages surrounding the city. The town's rabbi, Samuel Eliyahu, recently issued an edict banning Jewish settlers from renting homes to Arab students.
Salam Aghbaria, 20, was praying in the flat he rented in the town when the walls shook violently after Jewish youth threw a number of firebombs into the apartment. Aghbaria miraculously survived. Many of Nassar and Aghbaria's Arab classmates quickly left their rentals and returned to their families. Now they commute the long distance daily to attend college because it is too dangerous for them to rent flats in town.
What upset the students, their families and leaders of the Palestinians of 1948 is that the Israeli government did not lift a finger against the racist instigator-rabbi, and no measures were taken against the Jewish terrorist groups targeting Arab youth. While some 1948 Palestinians wait for an official response by
The Israeli news website Walla! stated that the rabbis are justifying the edict out of fear of inter-marriage between Jews and gentiles. They are also concerned about a drop in the price of residential units where non-Jews live. The edict stated: "Any Jew who sells or rents their home to non-Jews must know that he is costing a loss for his neighbours." The rabbis further called for a boycott of any Jew who sells or rents his home to a gentile, instructing other Jews to ostracise him, not trade with him, and ban him from entering Jewish holy sites until he revokes the sale or rental to a non-Jew.
The portal noted that all senior rabbis of major cities, who all receive salaries from the state, signed the edict despite the fact that they come from across the religious spectrum. The decree is the last in a series of racist proclamations by Jewish rabbis; an earlier one banned 1948 Palestinians from nominating themselves in the Israeli elections, and another prevented Jews from donating blood to gentiles.
It seems that the political and legal environment in
Haaretz and Maariv newspapers published excerpts of the book noting that Shapiro had stretched the interpretation of killing the infants of gentiles if they were in a place to harm the Jews. Another stretch is Shapiro's assertion that the children of the leaders of enemies should be murdered to influence the morale of their fathers: "It is acceptable to harm the child of any leader to prevent [the father] from evil acts... We found that jurisprudence justifies the murder of the children of non-Jews in anticipation of the danger they pose in the future if they grow up to become evil like their fathers."
One of the most dangerous decrees is one signed by a large number of rabbis in the Association of Rabbis of the
The signatory rabbis went as far as saying that the army does not have to warn civilians before shelling begins.
Rabbi Eliyahu Reskin, a leading settlements rabbi, mocked calls for dialogue between Jewish rabbis and religious officials in the Arab world. Reskin believes the only form of dialogue between Muslims and Jews should be with "bullets", and asserts that without convincing the Arabs in general, and the Palestinians in particular, that a settlement cannot be imposed on
It is clear that racist incitement by rabbis succeeded in embedding racist sentiments among the Israeli population. According to an opinion poll by the Israeli Institute for Democracy published last week, 83 per cent of Jews in
Another 76 per cent of Jews think the state should not allow first-degree relatives of Arab Israelis to come to
A study by the dean of social studies at
A report, issued by the Citizen's Rights Society, an Israeli human rights group, revealed that hatred levels against Arabs have risen by 100 per cent. But it isn't only Jewish society that is racist against Arabs, so are the politicians. An article by Moshe Feiglin, a leading member of the ruling Likud Party, published in Maariv on 5 December notes: "The Arab is not the son of the desert but the father of the desert. The Arab brings desert with him wherever he goes ... The Arabs are rooted in the culture of thievery. The Arab mind suffers from lack of innovation; there is no good or bad in Arab culture, but only strong and weak."
There are indicators, however, that the increasing hatred is not only against the Arabs but everything foreign. A mass rally on 9 December in Tel Aviv attended by secular and religious figures called for expelling all foreigners from
The Israeli anti-Zionist thinker Gideon Levy is upset with the rising racism, which he describes as "a cancer quickly spreading through
"Foreign workers from Africa are human beings we should respect," he continued, noting that Israel at the core is a country of "refugees and Holocaust survivors, yet discussion of the fate of foreign workers is limited to demonic solutions where Israelis are competing for the most gruesome remedies. Some suggest building a wall to prevent the illegal entry of foreign workers, while others suggest collective incarceration of foreigners or their expulsion. Meanwhile, the rabbis do not express any sympathy for these wretched foreigners who are part of the human race
The link: http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2010/1027/re3.htm