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“Israel is the most naive and racist country in the West.” Gideon Levy, in Haaretz:

Israel is both the most racist and most naive country in the West. Racist, because in no other country can politicians make remarks about migrants as they do here and still remain in office another day; naive, because only now has Israel discovered the problem that has been facing the “first world” for years. Only in Israel can a parliamentarian from the ruling party describe the migrants as a–

Yes and if someone wrote Gideon Levy’s column in the United States, that writer would have trouble remaining in his or her office. Ask Paul Krugman.

By the way, Haaretz editors flipflopped the words racist and naive from Levy’s first sentence in the headline, trying to soften the blow. Also, is Israel in the west? It’s in Asia, and 500 miles east of Istanbul. Go figure.

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18 Responses

  1. gazacalling
    June 1, 2012, 1:05 pm

    Things will change, because they have to.

  2. American
    June 1, 2012, 1:18 pm

    We have some politicians just as bad except they inadvertently ‘let it slip out’ instead of declaring it and then claim they “mispoke”.

  3. William Burns
    June 1, 2012, 2:07 pm

    Does anyone know how to read Levy’s columns without subscribing to Haaretz?

  4. Rafi
    June 1, 2012, 2:51 pm

    The West is a political/historical/financial term, not about Geography at all, some Latin America countries are not in this West, for example. the guy from the clash of the civilization put Israel in the West, but wrote that Israel can be a seperate civilization all by itself, or something like that.

    Gideon is naively wrong on the naive part, the country didn’t just “discover” the migrants problem, it started in the first intifada, when the Arabs from Gaza and the WB stopped being our lumberjacks and water carriers, and Israel started bringing in “temporary” workers from all corners of the world.

    • Avi_G.
      June 1, 2012, 7:38 pm

      The West is a political/historical/financial term, not about Geography at all

      Israel has always had an identity crisis. On the one hand it wants to have the biblical history of the East, with its geography, archeology and culture, and on the other hand, it cultivates the racist paradigm where it considers the “West” a more ‘civilized’, more modern and more democratic world. But Israel is none of these things. It merely has privileged economic relations with Europe and the U.S.

      lumberjacks and water carriers

      I had no idea Israel was in the Pacific Northwest.

      Palestinians were the restaurant cooks, the dishwashers, the janitors and construction workers for Israelis. When they became uppity, Israel used that as an excuse to build a wall to punish them and steal more of their lands. Thousands of Palestinians still climb the wall and make it across to Israel to work without permits.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 1, 2012, 11:30 pm

        Palestinians were the restaurant cooks, the dishwashers, the janitors and construction workers for Israelis.

        not in perpetuity. otherwise there never would have been the great book robbery.

      • Mooser
        June 1, 2012, 11:56 pm

        “lumberjacks and water carriers”

        Oh, there’s no need to carry heavy pails here. Anytime you’re thirsty, just look up and open your mouth.

      • notatall
        June 2, 2012, 5:43 am

        “lumberjacks and water carriers”

        Did Rafi mean “hewers of wood and drawers of water”? Translation as a comic art…

  5. LanceThruster
    June 1, 2012, 2:56 pm

    Seems that having US Al Jazeera is just getting to be a better idea the more I see how dysfunctional our own press is.

    • Mooser
      June 2, 2012, 12:07 am

      Levy, analysing the repurcussions of the racail attacks in Israel in the column you linked asks: “What shall we say then to the world if it closes its doors to Israelis (if they must flee an Israeli collapse) just as the doors are now being closed in the faces of the African migrants, many of whom are fleeing for their lives?”

      Can he really be so niave he doesn’t know that kind of reaction would be the Zionists regime’s fondest dream come true? If the world closes its doors to fleeing Israelis, they will have no choice but to stay in Israel, and be at the mercy of the Zionist regime. What’s not to like, for the GOI?
      In fact it would not surprise me at all if the GOI in that instance doesn’t tell other countries: ‘Those Jews belong to us, and you must not take them in, to do so would be an act of (can you guess?) anti-Semitism!’

    • bintbiba
      June 2, 2012, 9:11 am

      Thank you for the link,Dickerson3870

      • bintbiba
        June 2, 2012, 9:13 am

        Iam an avid fan of Gideon Levy , and am grateful for the ability to have access to his articles.

  6. Citizen
    June 2, 2012, 10:22 am

    That such op-eds are not addressed by, and made available to, the American masses by US mainstream media is a key reason why the whole world knows the real Israel except the Americans allowing their government to enable Israel’s conduct. Here’s one guy saying America has reached a tipping point re its support for Israel, and another guy who says the facts don’t really reveal we’re even close as a people to reaching that tipping point–this subject has been much debated in a more secondary manner here on Mondoweiss for a long time, mostly after Walt & Mearsheimer came out with their book here: http://america-hijacked.com/2012/06/01/has-us-support-for-israel-reached-a-tipping-point/

    • G. Seauton
      June 2, 2012, 3:13 pm

      “Here’s one guy saying America has reached a tipping point re its support for Israel, and another guy who says the facts don’t really reveal we’re even close as a people to reaching that tipping point….”

      I’d love to think we were at a tipping point, but I haven’t seen any polls that confirm it; quite the contrary.

  7. Blake
    June 2, 2012, 11:50 am

    “Zionism A Rebellion Against Judaism” By Uri Avnery.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31471.htm#idc-cover

  8. lobewyper
    June 3, 2012, 8:44 am

    This is powerful writing by Levy! How sad that it is so true…

  9. lobewyper
    June 3, 2012, 10:08 am

    Israel sounds like a cool place to live. I’m going to forge my family history, buy a yarmulka, and move to an apartment near the Tel Aviv beach.

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