Tuesday, January 05, 2010

'Heil Hitler!' to Ashkenazi Israeli Jews!

Watch some Arab Jews repeatedly shout Heil Hilter! and make the Nazi salute to a number of Jewish Israelis protesting against the eviction of some Palestinian families in Jerusalem.

Gabriel (JsF) offers the following insight:

This is more complicated that it sounds to those not into Israeli sociology. The two Israelis, Jews of Arab origins, identify the protesters as Ashkenazi (Jews of European origin), and clearly intend their words as a slur for Ashkenazis. In Israel, Jews of Arab origins have been systematically discriminated against and oppressed since the beginning of the state. The great success of the Ashkenazi dominated Labor Party was to create a linkage between peace with Palestinians and intensified racism against Jews of Arab origin. This is the foul fruit of that achievement.


At 7:56 PM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

This clip doesn't really say much about Israeli society today. The discrimination against Mizrahi Jews has been in steady decline since the 1970's. Gabriel's claim that one of the goals of the Oslo peace process was to intesify discrimination of Mizrahim sounds like a conspiracy theory to me.

At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At first I just read 'Arabs' and despaired at the anti-Semitism. After re-reading it and realising it said Arab-Jews, I was more shocked and befuddled.

The insight gives some explanation, but it's still shocking.

At 9:15 PM, Blogger Gert said...


There's more discussion about the incident and 'racial' relations between Arab Jews and Ashkenazi Jews at the link to JsF provided in my post.


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