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Bigotry And Hate On Israel’s Far Right

Read all of this piece by Joe Shalit at Equal Times, on the small anti-war rally held in Tel Aviv on Friday.

Still, Israel’s newspapers gave the Tel Aviv anti-war rally on Thursday reasonable space, as though it was its message that mattered most.

Chalk it up to the demo’s novelty value, in the face of overwhelming media support for the Gaza campaign.

Or, attribute it to an editorial desire for signs of opposition, in an increasingly anti-democratic political landscape.

Even The Jerusalem Post, the voice of Anglo Jewish conservatism, ran a bland feature on it.

The attention was a newsworthy event unto itself.

Buried in all the coverage, was a less-noted counter-demonstration that took place across the street, starring neo-fascist parliamentarian Michael Ben Ari.

Though counter-protests are common in Israel, this was a little different.

Not so much for its pro-war message, but how perfectly chants made at the demo exemplify the hatred undergirding contemporary Israeli politics:

“The people demand to expel leftists,” went one protest chant.

“You were born from the sperm of Nazis,” went another.

And so it continued: “Your mother fucks with Arabs, you sons of whores.” “80 years you’re terrorizing Jews, you whores. God will take you. I hope [with the next air raid] alarm you will be deaf and you won’t hear it.” “Leftists to hell! Get cancer in your body.” [Translations partially colloquialized from the original.]

Shalit connects the dots – a far right supported mainly by poor Mizrahim, or Middle Eastern Jews, who are discriminated against by Jews of European origin and in turn discriminate against Arabs, African migrants and their own Left, all as part of a manipulative effort by the powers that be. Read it all.

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