One-third of Jewish Israelis condone violence against African refugees as a ‘cancer in body of nation’

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The Times of Israel is a Zionist site. Even they’re catching a clue.

Fifty-two percent of Jewish Israelis identify with the statement by MK Miri Regev last month that African migrants are “a cancer in the body” of the nation, and over a third condone anti-migrant violence, according to the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) Peace Index for May 2012.

Israeli society is hardening in ugly ways, and it all flows from Jewish nationalism.

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  1. seafoid
    June 8, 2012, 10:49 am

    over a third condone anti-migrant violence, according to the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) Peace Index for May 2012.

    These are the people in Israel who need the support of the outside world.
    I would be interested to know what proportions of the 33% are Jewish/Palestinians.

    • marc b.
      June 8, 2012, 11:46 am

      seafoid, the numbers can be confusing, but it is 33.5% of israeli jews support the violence.

      • seafoid
        June 8, 2012, 1:54 pm

        Presumably the poorest third. Imagine what they could do with all that misplaced passion. They know things are dysfunctional in Israel but they haven’t joined the dots. They could probably bring down the settler state, which is why the refugees are so important as a target group for the elite.

        It also shows how volatile Israel has become.

  2. Annie Robbins
    June 8, 2012, 11:32 am

    AP story spreading all over msm this morning (npr too) is

    Israel offers cash to African migrants to leave
    Interior Ministry says they will face expulsion if they do not leave on their own

    link to nydailynews.com

    Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Hadad said Friday that those who willingly leave within the next week or two will receive cash incentives of 1,000 euros ($1,200) and a plane ticket. She said that otherwise, they will be expelled.

    Earlier, Interior Minister Eli Yishai said it would take months to expel them.

    He told Israel Radio that that a tent city and holding facilities are being built for other migrants who are living in major population centers. He said they will receive food and health care and will have good living conditions there.

    • seafoid
      June 8, 2012, 11:39 am

      Most of these people have nowhere to go. People sent back to Eritrea are at a very high risk of torture and even death. They don’t leave their homes and families behind on a whim.

      Sukkot this year will be even more hypocritical than usual

  3. marc b.
    June 8, 2012, 11:44 am

    The poll also found that 33.5 percent of Jews and 23 percent of Arabs identified with recent acts of violence against African migrants perpetrated by demonstrators and residents of South Tel Aviv. According to the IDI this was “very surprising, considering that most people do not tend to openly report sympathy for acts that are broadly condemned by society.”

    i don’t find the headline here or the news analysis an accurate reflection of how pervasive the problem is, according the poll numbers at least. the quote above from the news article is a study in self-deception and contradiction as there has been no distinct, broad condemnation of the use of violence against non-jewish israelis in israel proper or the OT. by way of further example,the fact that the majority of ‘jewish israelis’ consider african migrants ‘a cancer’ is a greater indicator of the propensity to violence than the open condonation of violence. who is kidding who here? people who have reduced another people to a malignant cellular mass have already taken the necessary first step towards approval of violence against that mass, whether the violence is surgically precise or not.

    a better title for the post would be ’33% openly condone violence; another 19% in denial.’

  4. Les
    June 8, 2012, 1:20 pm

    Speaking of percentages, if you can figure out what percent of Israeli Jews support the occupation and cleansing of the Palestinians, you have the percentage of Israeli Jews who are racists.

  5. Linda J
    June 10, 2012, 7:24 pm

    Just saw this article about Ethiopian Jews demonstrating against their treatment in Israel: link to bit.ly

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