What has Zionism done to Jewish identity? I ask that question a million times a day, but this video of Jerusalem day, June 1, is particularly poignant.
Celebrating the reunion of Jerusalem following the '67 War, the demonstration is reminiscent of Freud's father telling him about being attacked during the Hep-hep pogroms in 1819. Look at all these boys in their white shirts. Hear them shouting Muhammad is Dead! And spitting at a Palestinian compound. Giving the finger. And "butcher the Arabs... death to Arabs... May your village burn..." I'm trusting the translations. How deep in any people is the spirit of ethnic cleansing-- and what licenses that spirit? How intractable is this conflict, and what can Americans be doing to wind these screwballs down? Thanks to Elly K.
Oh and Annie was on this last night. Her report:
Ynet reports the Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement filmed right-wing activists chanting and singing inflammatory songs and slogans including “Muhammad is dead,” “May your village burn,” “Death to leftists,” and “Butcher the Arabs” while marching through East Jerusalem yesterday. English subtitles added to video.
Israeli extremists staged a racist march in honor of Jerusalem Day today, from the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. The streets of East Jerusalem stood empty, save for the thousands of Israeli marchers, supported by Israeli troops, who chanted slogans against Arabs, Muslims and Christians. Phrases such as “death to Arabs” rung out. Right-wing extremists attacked a group of left-wing Israeli counter-protesters before Israeli police eyes, who did nothing to impede the assault. Three left-wing Israelis and one American protester were arrested by police. The American citizen remains in police custody.
(photos and captions provided by Wadi Hilweh Information Center - Silwan)
Extremists in the streets of Jerusalem
Jerusalem streets empty save for marchers and military back-up
The march ends in front of the Wailing Wall
UPDATE: misquoted earlier post on Hep-Hep riots. Thanks to Joachim for correction.