This is what happens when a country’s government demands that anybody not belonging to a particular ethnic/religious group must be second-class citizens.
The right-wing government of Israel has enacted laws to put Jewish citizens above anybody else who lives there – and has actually walled off Palestinian settlements (until such time as Jewish settlers can turf out the residents and take their homes).
It was only a small step from there to the scenes we witnessed in Jerusalem’s Old City, when hundreds of far-right activists took to the streets, shouting “Death to Arabs”.
It is an insult against their own history. After the Nazi Holocaust, Jewish people should be on the side of the oppressed, never that of the oppressors.
But it does conform to a very sad social phenomenon – that a proportion of people who suffer abuse go on to become abusers themselves. It is well-documented among individuals; now we see a society going the same way.
Let’s see some of the evidence. I present it with comments from Twitter users who provided it:
Hundreds of right-wing Israeli Jews are roaming the streets of Jerusalem tonight, chanting "Death to Arabs" and searching for Palestinians to assault. Their actions echo the racist and violent rhetoric of Israeli government officials:pic.twitter.com/Ag9hHGAhNs
— Omar Baddar عمر بدّار (@OmarBaddar) April 22, 2021
Horrific. Over a 100 people injured by a bunch of far right thugs chanting "death to Arabs". No surprise things like this happen when there's already Israeli state sponsored violence against Palestinians occurring on a regular basis.#FreePalestine https://t.co/xHUfVgy7D9
— Tommy Corbyn (@TommyCorbyn) April 23, 2021
This is sickening
Is it being reported on @BBCNews?
Are British politicians condemning it?
I am a Jew. I feel a PARTICULAR responsibility to call out and condemn such behaviour by fellow Jews
“To be a Jew means always being with the oppressed, never with the oppressors.” https://t.co/5LOWYytNdv
— Tom London #killthebill (@TomLondon6) April 24, 2021
" I don't say let's burn their villages, I just say that they should get out from them, and we take over the lands "
This was what this settler said during an interview yesterday pic.twitter.com/6jVCppZ8Kr
— PALESTINE ONLINE 🇵🇸 (@P_ONLINE9) April 24, 2021
The obvious response to the young woman in the last clip is that her sentiment was shared by people in Berlin in the 1930s and 40s – but they were referring to Jews.
In fairness, this was just one gang of far-right racists. Other Israelis have been lining up to condemn what happened.
But the only reason it happened at all is because their government created the conditions that allowed it.
Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.
Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
(but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:
Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.
1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the left margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.
2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical
3) Like the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VoxPolitical/
Join the Vox Political Facebook page.
4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at http://voxpoliticalonline.com
And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!
If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!
Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.
The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:
Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:
The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here: