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How much more information about how Zionism worked out do you need before you get off the bus, homey? From Haaretz:

Palestinians are no longer bagging groceries most days at the Rami Levi supermarket at the Gush Etzion junction, after a romance between a Palestinian bagger and a Jewish cashier spurred local rabbis to demand that Levi take action.

In an effort to prevent fraternizing between the Palestinian packers and the female Jewish cashiers, baggers are no longer working at the checkout counters most of the week.

Then there’s this outfit. We got an email about this campaign from the Israeli organization “Learn & Live.” Check this out:

Jewish teenage girls from dysfunctional homes are seduced and lured into Arab villages regularly beaten and raped, often locked up with no way to escape. Muhammed calls himself Moshe, and what started out as a search for love become a nightmare.

28 Responses

  1. Saleema
    July 26, 2011, 10:47 pm

    More from the same article:

    “While there have been periodic media reports lauding the supermarket as an island of Palestinian-settler coexistence, right-wing groups and some locals have issued calls to boycott it,”

    When extremist Jews call for a boycott, it’s “holy” and therefore allowed. Anyone else who thinks of a boycott of Israeli products is an anti-Semite. Got it??

    • annie
      July 26, 2011, 11:31 pm

      here’s more of that quote for context saleema

      Ever since Rami Levi Shivuk Hashikma opened its Gush Etzion branch, it has been a source of local controversy. It is located near a gas station and not within a settlement, making it possible for Jewish and Arab shoppers to mingle freely. Most of the workers are Palestinians from the area, who handle deliveries, bag groceries and stack shelves. The cashiers are mostly young women from the settlements.

      While there have been periodic media reports lauding the supermarket as an island of Palestinian-settler coexistence, right-wing groups and some locals have issued calls to boycott it, saying it was leading to inter-religious relationships. These campaigns did not fare well. In fact, the supermarket has been so crowded that small grocers in the area’s communities have started to fear for their business.

      so the rightwing boycott didn’t work, business was booming and the rabbi stepped in. hmm.

  2. Shingo
    July 26, 2011, 11:15 pm

    This is getting more and more bizarre by the day.

    It’s a repeat of Jom Crowe era (and 18th century) where the white supremacists warned the black savages taking their women.

    • Woody Tanaka
      July 27, 2011, 8:16 am

      Absolutely, Shingo. Those societies were based on white supremacy, this one on Jewish supremacy, so one would expect that the techniques of oppression would repeat.

  3. Chaos4700
    July 26, 2011, 11:16 pm

    How much more information about how Zionism worked out do you need before you get off the bus, homey?

    Witty? You’re always implying that Mr. Weiss should be addressing you directly. Well, here you are, sir!

  4. Shingo
    July 26, 2011, 11:17 pm

    Then there’s this outfit. We got an email about this campaign from the Israeli organization “Learn & Live”

    I wonder if it’s got anything to do with Witty’s “Live and let Live” movement?

  5. annie
    July 26, 2011, 11:21 pm

    “I’m pleased by the steps Rami Levi has taken. The Arabs don’t particularly like this [interreligious relationships] either, and it seems that Rami Levi understands the problem. The worker was fired and will not return. You need a whip to teach people a lesson after something like this happens.”

    from the haaretz article

  6. Eva Smagacz
    July 27, 2011, 1:01 am

    Curious how two out of three of those Semitic ladies have distinctly Aryan colouring. But making Nazi comparisons is frown upon….

    • Saleema
      July 27, 2011, 2:48 am

      I was wondering the same. Aren’t there any dark-haired, dark-eyed Jewish beauties?

      • Fredblogs
        July 27, 2011, 10:14 pm

        Well, the one with the big bruise on her face on their web site.

    • Woody Tanaka
      July 27, 2011, 8:18 am

      LOL. If that middle woman’s name isn’t somthing like Megan O’Malley, I’ll eat my hat.

    • marc b.
      July 28, 2011, 9:21 am

      curious indeed. and what does it say about israel that it regularly conducts military operations on the slightest of pretexts, kidnapping children off the street for example on allegations of throwing stones at the IDF, and yet it does nothing about the thousands of jewish girls held in captivity that are being beaten and raped by arab men. apparently it takes a private pledge of $5000 to get one girl freed from this living hell. or so says ‘learn and live.’

  7. Philip Munger
    July 27, 2011, 3:18 am

    Phil,

    This blog gets just a little bit better every day. It must be a lot of hard work for you and others, but you should realize that you and your contributors are relentlessly working your way, and the ways of others, uphill in what most see as a downhill situation.

    Analogies like that of this post, to the US civil rights era, are very compelling.

    • annie
      July 27, 2011, 3:51 am

      a little bit better every day

      i agree and this is another amazing post.

      • Shingo
        July 27, 2011, 3:54 am

        True, but you have to admit that the fascist/apartheid state of Israel is providing an abundance of material to work with and it’s colelctive dissent into insanity accelerates.

  8. Shmuel
    July 27, 2011, 3:59 am

    Also from the Haaretz article:

    Levi denies the worker was fired. He declared himself “against assimilation” and insisted that “there was suspicion of an affair. There was no affair. These extremist groups keep getting involved and making everybody crazy.
    “This is the ‘peace supermarket,’ he said. “Extremist Palestinians and Jews don’t like it.”

    Levi’s supermarket really does epitomise the Israeli concept of peace: A Jewish-owned business on Palestinian land, where Palestinians are free to provide menial labour (except when inconvenient, for reasons of security or assimilation) and spend their money, and the settlers call the shots. What’s not to like?

    Rabbi Perl:

    The worker was fired and will not return. You need a whip to teach people a lesson after something like this happens.

    I think the word Perl was looking for was “boy”.

    • Woody Tanaka
      July 27, 2011, 8:20 am

      They were real close to the South Africans, so “kaffir” would probably be the term that filth like Perl would use.

  9. Koshiro
    July 27, 2011, 4:08 am

    The deeper problem shows in the supermarket owner’s response:

    Levi denies the worker was fired. He declared himself “against assimilation” and insisted that “there was suspicion of an affair. There was no affair.

    So his response was not to stand up to the fanatics and make clear that a romantic relationship between a Jew and an Arab is absolutely okay. His response was to deny that one happened.
    Shame there’s no quality journalism left in the world of mainstream papers, because I as a correspondent would immediately have followed up with the question: “But if there was a relationship, what would you have done then?”

    • Shmuel
      July 27, 2011, 4:53 am

      Koshiro,

      Rami Levi is, above all, a really good businessman, following the simple rule of trying to give everybody what they want.

      He is against assimilation – because most of his customers are.
      There was no affair – because that would be bad for business.
      He did not fire the Palestinian – because that would offend some customers.
      He is for “peace” and against “extremists” – because it’s good for business.

      He did damage control by taking Palestinians off most shifts, but leaving them on a couple, so nobody could say he fired all his Palestinian workers (bad for Palestinian and liberal-Jewish business). The Gush Etzion store is only one of a chain (a few in the OT, but mostly in Israel). No point in merely satisfying the settlers and losing business elsewhere.

      A question from a Haaretz reporter about what he would have done had there really been an affair, would undoubtedly have been answered in a similar vein.

      • Koshiro
        July 27, 2011, 6:06 am

        Yes, I do realize that Levi is taking a middle ground position designed to be somewhat acceptable to the Israeli mainstream.
        The problem is that this is such a position. Kinder, gentler racism as a mainstream consensus paints a grim picture.

      • Shmuel
        July 27, 2011, 6:30 am

        The problem is that this is such a position. Kinder, gentler racism as a mainstream consensus paints a grim picture.

        Indeed. And Phil did well to juxtapose this episode with the “Learn & Live” story. The L&L website includes endorsements from a government minister (Eli Yishai), a former chief rabbi and important religious and political leader (Ovadiah Yosef), and the mayor of Safed (Ilan Shochat – who ran on a ticket identified with Kadima, supported by both Yisrael Beiteinu and the Labour Party). Hardly the “extremists” Levi describes, but an important part of the mainstream.

        As a matter of fact, I would say that Rami Levi is emblematic of the Israeli mainstream, particularly with regard to the OPT. His is the first large chain to treat the West Bank as an integral part of Israel – while talking about peace and coexistence (kind of like the Likud Constitution).

  10. NickJOCW
    July 27, 2011, 4:35 am

    Kind of Romeo and Juliet at the checkout. Perhaps they have eloped. Sweet. Meanwhile back at the farm, the Israelis are apparently charging for knocking down Bedouin homes!

  11. Mooser
    July 27, 2011, 11:15 am

    “Kind of Romeo and Juliet at the checkout.”

    You know, I sort of married the girl next door. Does that make me a homeysexual?

  12. justicewillprevail
    July 27, 2011, 11:56 am

    Wasn’t it only a few days ago that our resident Zionists were lecturing us all about how ‘multicultural’ Israel is? Yes, here we have an excellent example. Goods at the supermarket are from cuisines around the world, showing how terribly multicultural israelis are. As long as they don’t have to go anywhere near Arabs, or mix with them. I guess apartheid is multicultural according to these geeks because they like falafel.

    • Mooser
      July 27, 2011, 6:46 pm

      Funny, the trolls have no trouble implying, inferring, or just outright saying that all Palestinians are terrorists or murderers. Some will even defend the feasibility of ethnix cleasing.
      But they seem afraid to come out and defend the purity of Israeli women. None of them care enough to inform us how necessary and laudible is an effort to prevent Jewish girls intermarrying, or even fooling around with “Arabs”?

      Why is that? I smell raw sexual fear. They won’t come near this one.

  13. Fredblogs
    July 27, 2011, 10:24 pm

    OK, is anyone else here seeing a distinction between the “Romeo and Juliet at the checkout” story and the “pimps and runaways” story? No? Just me?

    • Mooser
      July 28, 2011, 9:56 am

      Hasbara is always making distinctions without differences. So what’s new about that?

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