Israeli Interior Minister on African immigrants: ‘Most of those people arriving here are Muslims who think the country doesn’t belong to us, the white man’

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Eli Yishai
Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai, a.k.a. “the white man” (Photo: Wikipedia)

On Sunday, Israel instituted a new law that allows the government to jail illegal immigrants for up to three years. Previously, immigrants could be held for 10 days. The JTA reports the new law also “stipulates that anyone helping migrants or providing them with shelter could face prison sentences of between five and 15 years.”

Reuters shares responses from members of the Israeli government, including Interior Minister Eli Yishai:

[Interior Minister Eli] Yishai, of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, told the newspaper Maariv on Friday he saw the African arrivals, many of whom are Muslims or Christians, as a demographic threat.

“The infiltrators along with the Palestinians will quickly bring us to the end of the Zionist dream,” Yishai said, adding that Israel had its own health and welfare issues. “We don’t need to import more problems from Africa.”

“Most of those people arriving here are Muslims who think the country doesn’t belong to us, the white man,” Yishai said in the interview with Maariv.

Yishai is the party chairman of the Shas party. Ynet reports that the Shas party journal recently published a public letter to the African migrant workers:

Rabbi Moshe Shafir opened his letter with a seemingly appeasing tone. “We love you dear Sudanese,” he wrote. “The worst a Jew will ever do to you will be better than the live bullets fired at you at the Egyptian border.”

He soon went on to explain why the two populations cannot cohabitate. “A society personifying a social time bomb of robbery, violence, sodomy as well as assimilation alongside the destruction of the institute of marriage and the proper family unit – such a society must be separate and distant, and the sooner the better.”

The article stated that the Jewish people returned to their homeland after many years in exile “to fulfill the positive potential of the human race…you have proved this is not ‘your thing’ and that is why it’s best if we part as friends…you’re ruining our dream…perhaps you may have helped us in various ways, but under the current circumstances it’s probably not the case.”

Shafir stressed, “This is not about racism or any racial doctrine but a question of leadership, and social principles of decent human beings.”

He further added, “This has nothing to do with Nazi racism, God forbid – where things were the other way around: a corrupt, murderous society disposed of a foreign and hinest people who only benefitted it and balanced it with its pure virtues.”

‘We’ll be glad to help you’

Shafir ended his article by quoting Martin Luther King’s famous speech “I have a dream.”

“Listen up, dear and kind Sudanese people. In the United States, Martin Luther King’s dream came true. Giuliani will tell you how he made it happen. Go forth and implement this in Sudan and Eritrea. We promise to help you, we’ll even be delighted to help, as always.”

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  1. Sumud
    June 3, 2012, 9:29 pm

    Yishai is himself an African man. He family came from Tunisia.

    Rabbi Moshe Shafir is a crazy racist toad if he expects rational people to accept that junk.

    • Elliot
      June 3, 2012, 9:46 pm

      Thanks, Adam for picking up Philip Munger’s find. I’m re-posting my musings on His Whiteness, Mr. Yishai.

      I’ll answer on behalf of Mr. Yishai. You gotta take all this as situation specific. Then, it’s simple:

      As the Ynet article lays out, Eli Yishai is an Arab Jew. For the purposes of this discourse of contra Black Africans, Arab = White. Yishai got it right. In the construct of colonizer vs. colonized, he is the White man.

      However, when it comes to Israel’s war with the Palestinians, it’s different.
      Jewish = White;
      Muslim/(indigenous) Christian = Black.

      • Philip Munger
        June 4, 2012, 12:33 am

        Adam may have picked this up on his own. Firedoglake actually front-paged my diary on this. Took me by surprise, as I/P doesn’t often get there. The thread got hijacked, but it’s over 100 comments now.

        What we need to do is find a way to get someone – Medea? – to confront members of the Congressional Black Caucus with Yishai’s quote, and ask them for comment.

        http://my.firedoglake.com/edwardteller/2012/06/03/israeli-interior-minister-this-country-belongs-to-us-the-white-man/

      • Adam Horowitz
        June 4, 2012, 9:33 am

        Hi Philip, sorry I didn’t see this on firedoglake! I would have given you the h/t. Glad to hear it’s getting attention though. Another article for the “shared values” file!

      • Citizen
        June 4, 2012, 10:41 am

        But who will confront the US Black Caucus on this?

      • lysias
        June 4, 2012, 11:29 am

        Last Friday, there was a lot of discussion about the race riot in Tel Aviv on the Community Comment show on WPFW radio, the Pacifica station in D.C., which has a lot of black listeners. On Fridays, they invite listeners to call in about their “story of the week”. I hope people call in about this “white man” story this Friday.

    • lysias
      June 4, 2012, 10:47 am

      George Allen apparently picked up that term macaca for dark-skinned people from his mother, who was a Jew from Tunisia. I know that the pieds noirs in Algeria had lots of offensive terms that they used for the Muslim Algerians. Wouldn’t surprise me if the Jews in Algeria (who had the legal status of European French people) used those terms too.

  2. dbroncos
    June 3, 2012, 9:50 pm

    Mr. Yishai cites MLK in an obnoxious, insulting way. A ham handed nod to his American benefactors? He’d do better to remember what it took for the South to give up slavery.

    • seafoid
      June 4, 2012, 3:57 am

      The MLK reference is bizarre. Put a progressive facade on racism. gold plate and then polish that turd .

      “A society personifying a social time bomb of robbery, violence, sodomy as well as assimilation alongside the destruction of the institute of marriage and the proper family unit – such a society must be separate and distant, and the sooner the better.”

      It was nice to see sodomy getting a mention. I’m sure the Jerusalem gay pride organisers were happy to see it .

      And Jews living in Galut – isn’t coexistence possible for them ?

      The growth of the Orthodox population, most of them poorly educated – it’s a demographic problem Israel refuses to confront.

  3. Brewer
    June 3, 2012, 11:45 pm

    “In a report released Wednesday, US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) says a disturbing new Egyptian policy has arisen seemingly in response to Israeli pressure on Cairo to control the flow of migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers across the border. They call it a policy of “shoot-to-stop.”
    “Egyptian border police are using lethal force to stop refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers from crossing into Israel,” says Bill Van Esveld, author of the HRW report. ”
    – Christian Science Monitor November 13, 2008

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2008/1113/p06s03-wome.html

    • Avi_G.
      June 4, 2012, 2:26 am

      So Rabbi Moshe Shafir was right.

      The worst a Jew will ever do to you will be better than the [to get an Arab to do his dirty work of shooting at you at the Egyptian border.]”

      Problem solved. That way, Jews can keep their hands clean, both physically and figuratively.

      How righteous.

      • Citizen
        June 4, 2012, 10:44 am

        Yep, Avi_G, we all know that worked in Lebanon. Got those remainder US Marines out of there pretty quick too.

  4. American
    June 4, 2012, 12:33 am

    ” The article stated that the Jewish people returned to their homeland after many years in exile “to fulfill the positive potential of the human race…you have proved this is not ‘your thing’ and that is why it’s best if we part as friends…you’re ruining our dream..”

    Jesus gawd….! there it is right there in the Rabbi……exactly what they are!
    ‘They’ could fulfill the potential of the human race?…..really?……by being like the nazis in their “purity”?
    Makes you want to go take shower and clean off after this reading Shafir crap.
    The Israel ‘dream’ is going to end…as it should.

  5. MTd2
    June 4, 2012, 12:55 am

    So, Mr. Yishai is opening the first branch of the Ku Klux Klan! Financed and instaured by the the Isreali government! Oh, wait!!!

    Israel is KKK now!!!

  6. MTd2
    June 4, 2012, 1:08 am

    “A society personifying a social time bomb of robbery, violence, sodomy as well as assimilation alongside the destruction of the institute of marriage and the proper family unit – such a society must be separate and distant, and the sooner the better.”

    I could assume he is describing the Israeli society. In fact, it could be a better description than that given to the African immigrants, given the higher rates of violence, possession of atomic bombs, approval of the conscription of millions of people to ghettos.

  7. Daniel Rich
    June 4, 2012, 2:14 am

    Meyers Blitz-Lexikon (Leipzig, 1932) divides “Europäid” types into: Nordic race, Dinaric race, Mediterranean race, Alpine race, East Baltic race, Turks, Bedouins, and Afghans. Take your pick, I’d say.

  8. Avi_G.
    June 4, 2012, 2:21 am

    With Godwin’s Law looming overhead, and Zionists’ knee-jerk reactions, it would be easy to dismiss the following observation.

    But lo and behold if someone presented you with the following excerpt without telling you the writer’s name or race, how inclined would you be to assume it was taken straight out of Mein Kampf?

    “A society personifying a social time bomb of robbery, violence, sodomy as well as assimilation alongside the destruction of the institute of marriage and the proper family unit – such a society must be separate and distant, and the sooner the better.”

    But, I’ll go easy on Israel’s darlings in the US (American Jews who live in a state of denial). Let’s just pretend that the quote above was written by Eldon Edwards in 1955. There, you see what I did there?

    • American
      June 4, 2012, 10:55 am

      “how inclined would you be to assume it was taken straight out of Mein Kampf?”
      …Avi_G

      If it walk, talks and quacks like a duck it’s probably related to the ducks.

  9. seafoid
    June 4, 2012, 4:06 am

    The Orthodox are slowly
    strangling Judaism

    Gush Shalom ad in Ha’aretz 1.6.12
    http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/weekly_ad/1338492210

    It is permissible
    To kill gentile children
    Who might hurt Jews
    When they grow up –
    So wrote rabbis in a book

    The Attorney General ruled:
    This is not incitement,
    This is the Halacha.

    No anti-Semite
    Would dare today
    To defame Judaism
    So blatantly!

    1. מותר להרוג ילדי גויים
    העלולים לפגוע
    ביהודים כשיגדלו,
    כתבו רבנים בספר.

    היועץ המשפטי החליט:
    זאת אינה הסתה.
    זה לפי ההלכה.

    שום אנטישמי
    לא היה מעז כיום
    להשמיץ כך
    את היהדות!

    • American
      June 4, 2012, 10:50 am

      Neo Nazi children? Now this is weird…..I think the neo nazi groups are officially regarded as hate groups but I don’t think they are legally banned…..as in you can’t arrest someone for belonging to one. As far as I know you can’t prosecute a neo nazis unless he actually commits some kind of hate crime.
      Taking someone’s children?… because they being raised with some ideology, regardless of how evil, sounds like nazism itself.

      Judge won’t allow parents to take custody of Nazi-named children

      June 4, 2012

      (JTA) — A New Jersey couple who gave their children names linked to Nazism cannot have custody of their children, a judge ruled.

      The children of Heath and Deborah Campbell have been in state custody for the last three years, since a local supermarket refused to print Adolf Hitler Campbell’s full name on a cake for his third birthday. The boy, now 6, and sisters JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, 5, and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, 4, remain in state custody, and the state also took custody in November of a newborn boy named Hons, according to UPI.

      A Superior Court judge in New Jersey decided last week that the couple cannot regain custody of the children.

      The Campbells plan to appeal the ruling and Heath Campbell told the Star-Ledger newspaper that he would give up his Nazism to regain custody of the children. He and his wife are now separated.

  10. MRW
    June 4, 2012, 5:29 am

    But we still want your water, Sudan, which is why we helped divide you.

  11. seafoid
    June 4, 2012, 7:24 am

    The JTA reports the new law also “stipulates that anyone helping migrants or providing them with shelter could face prison sentences of between five and 15 years.”

    http://www.theholidayspot.com/sukkot/history.htm

    Later the holiday took on an added historical significance as a commemoration of the exodus from Egypt, when Moses and the Jewish people had to live in sukkahs in the wilderness as they wandered for 40 years to reach the Promised Land. The sukkahs were naught but makeshift dwellings or booths made of branches and twigs that served as protection against wild beasts. These were easy to assemble, dismantle, and carry as the Israelites wandered through the desert. Thereafter, the festival of Sukkot is also known as ‘Chag’ha Succot’, meaning the “Feast of Booths” (or Tabernacles).

  12. seafoid
    June 4, 2012, 7:34 am

    The hatred starts from the top of Israeli society in the form of words but by the time it reaches the streets it’s transformed into action –

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/jerusalem-migrant-home-torched-in-suspected-arson-attack-1.434266

    Jerusalem migrant home torched in suspected arson attack
    Ten Eritrean migrant workers trapped inside apartment, four of which sustain injuries due to smoke inhalation and burns; graffiti found at site reading ‘leave the neighborhood.’

  13. Citizen
    June 4, 2012, 10:28 am

    Israeli Interior Minister says blacks don’t realize Israel belongs to “the white man.”
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israel-enacts-law-allowing-authorities-to-detain-illegal-migrants-for-up-to-3-years-1.434127#.T8t-TJ1H8lc.facebook

    Mmmm, wonder what David Duke has to say about this POV?
    Took the Black Caucus in US Congress…. Al Sharpton?

  14. lysias
    June 4, 2012, 12:12 pm

    Eli Yishai: Israeli women afraid to report rape by African migrants due to AIDS stigma:

    In further remarks on migrant workers from Africa, Interior Minister Eli Yishai said Thursday that many Israeli women have been raped by migrant workers “but do not complain out of fear of being stigmatized as having contracted AIDS.”

    In an interview with Israeli newspaper Maariv, Yishai stated that the solution to the current problem is “more prisons and migrant detention camps,” and that Israel must “prepare more military bases where we can jail all of them without exception.”

    Yishai further stated that the “infiltrators, along with the Palestinians, will bring a quick end to the Zionist dream,” adding that “there is not another country that is as sensitive as Israel is to the rights of foreigners.”

    “We have enough worries with issues of health and welfare in this country, and we don’t need to import more worries from Africa,” Yishai said.

    Yishai also told Maariv that “south Tel Aviv has turned into the garbage can of the country” and implored all those who speak out against him to “take the infiltrators and put them in their neighborhoods so that they see them every day, so that their children will try and play in the same pre-schools.”

    • seafoid
      June 4, 2012, 5:29 pm

      “Yishai also told Maariv that “south Tel Aviv has turned into the garbage can of the country” and implored all those who speak out against him to “take the infiltrators and put them in their neighborhoods so that they see them every day, so that their children will try and play in the same pre-schools.”

      That’s the same kind of language many secular Jews use to diss the Orthodox who move into their neighbourhoods in the swankier parts of Tel Aviv.

  15. RoHa
    June 4, 2012, 7:28 pm

    “This has nothing to do with Nazi racism, God forbid – where things were the other way around: a corrupt, murderous society disposed of a foreign and hinest people ….”

    He thinks German Jews were foreign, and not German? If so, he agrees with Hitler.

    ” people who only benefitted it and balanced it with its pure virtues”

    And those beneficial virtues were …?

  16. brenda at fol
    June 5, 2012, 3:31 pm

    Caught this article in the newsletter and had to take it further than a comment space would allow–you’ll find ‘The White Supremacy of Zionism’ here http://friendsoflebanon.org/archives/916 Thanks for keeping the pressure on a practice that is surely no good for anyone.

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