A Lynching in Jerusalem: Anatomy of Jewish racism

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LiveLeakZion Square, Jerusalem, August 17, 2012, the night of the lynching (Photo: LiveLeak)

The news of an attempted mob lynching in Jerusalem’s Zion Square is trickling into Western news sources. It has been translated from angst-filled Hebrew-language Facebook pages written by eyewitnesses, stunned and harassed first responders, and translations gleaned from Haaretz via Mondoweiss, IMEU and others. The lack of outrage, and coverage, is almost as disturbing as the street level racial violence that showed itself in the heart of Israel, rolling in from the Wild West/West Bank where this is more common.

As I processed this, and recalled my own experiences in this exact spot, it seemed that somebody needed to shed light on what the significance of Zion Square is, why mob violence there is especially significant, and why Jews especially need to see this moment as yet another wake up call. My own privileged perspective on this is far removed from the daily violence and dispossession of Palestinian experiences, but my intention is to push other privileged Jews, Israelis and far away Western liberals to take this incident more seriously. Writing from Atlanta, I also want to underscore what the idea of lynching means, and what histories this act is therefore irrevocably connected to.

Zion Square was a refuge for me as a 16 year old. I slipped out the yeshiva side door and chose to live there, on the street, as a pathway to reinvention. The hippie musicians and jewelry makers who lined the streets back then, in 1987, took me in, and I eventually made it off the street, into a youth hostel where I got a bed in exchange for selling beer and running errands. I was an Israeli/US citizen who grew up secular in Toronto and upstate New York, before becoming a teenage Hassid in Brooklyn, en route to Israel and eventual re-engagement with my natal society. I became friends with 16 year olds Israelis who, unlike me, could not get a one-year deferment from military service or make a plan to get out before the draft grabbed hold of their lives. They were beatnikim , Hebrew plural for beatniks or hippies, in open rebellion and angst at the violence of military service that awaited them inescapably in a few short months, smoking hash, growing long hair, engaging world travelers and sometimes Palestinians anyone in our mixed street world in deep philosophical/political discussions about how to end, avoid or cope with the conflict. It was a powerful coming of age for me, and the pedestrian mall of Ben Yehuda, ending in the stone courtyard of Zion Square, was the hub of this activity, the nerve center of integration, questioning, folk music, exchange students, and occasional political protest. Ok, it was not utopian, things were already pretty segregated, and structural imbalance was already endemic, but it was very different then than now.

I left Israel in 1988, and returned a year later with a final one-year deferment, to study and check in on my still yeshiva-bound brother. All my friends were gone from the street, off to the front lines of the Intifada, carrying out Ariel Sharon’s orders to break the bones of young Palestinian protesters. When I did see them on Zion Square, they were broken people, with vacant eyes, literally unable to embrace me and engage in conversation of any kind. They were rushing to the bars to drink themselves into oblivion, filled with post-traumatic stress and suppressed rage/trauma, from the violent contradiction between their peace-loving souls and their new roles as occupation troops. Their long curly hair had been shaved to the scalp, and with it any pretense of humanity. Recognizing me long enough to talk and share was too painful for my old buddies. This was a shocking personal experience of Israel’s dissipating soul, and it also happened at Zion Square. Younger Israeli beatnikim continued to make the scene and mix with travelers and students, but the number of Palestinians who were willing to congregate or just pass through before sundown was already decreasing precipitously.

In the 1980s, Palestinians in the occupied territories did almost all of the menial labor in Israel, from construction to dishwashing, commuting in and out of Israel in a daily routine of Green Line checkpoint crossings. In 1989, now a college student, we literally had to hide our college-age Palestinian friends from the West Bank when they visited our Zion Square apartment and we got caught up talking without noticing night had fallen and they were now illegally on the Jewish side of town. We turned the lights down, and spoke in whispers, as we hid our friends from neighbors and prying eyes, lest they be caught and taken to jail and tortured – it felt like an oddly reversed Anne Frank situation, and we talked about that too. But the defiance of daily structural violence that was the Intifada brought a gradual end to this unequal intimacy, as Israel responded by more and more completely barricading itself, shutting out occupied territory Palestinians almost completely, and finding migrant labor from the Philippines and more recently Africa to fill this void. Literal and figurative walls went up, and the apartheid infrastructure has been extended and cemented. Since 1987, Israeli Jews have had steeply diminished interaction with the majority of Palestinians, the so-called “Arabs,” making totalized dehumanization easier and easier.

Another thing I saw first hand in the 1980s was the anti-Black dehumanization of Jewish Brooklyn transferring into anti-Arab racism in the West Bank, filled with growing numbers of state-subsidized Brooklyn ex-pat settler extremists. Since then, that once extremist discourse has seeped its way into the mainstream of Israeli parliament, and we see the violence of a street mob looking for “Arabs” to kill. The first vigilante mob I was ever invited to join was in Crown Heights, as my Yeshiva buddies went to “patrol” or in reality antagonize Black residents on the periphery blocks of our shtetl neighborhood. In Israel, some of these same pimply overcompensating dork yeshiva kids and their parents would later be armed with uzis and military training, and unleashed on villagers with the backing of the IDF. Beyond the trash talking teen thugs, was an armed wing of the Jewish Defense League, which was also on the scene in 1980s Brooklyn. This group really thrived in the occupied territories, and their leader, Kahane, literally crossed over, to the West Bank, and into Knesset, where his radical ideas eventually got him expelled, but would now make him almost a centrist. This gradual seeping of racism across the Atlantic has completely corrupted the core of Israeli culture, which was already steeped in racism of another kind, derived from 19 th century colonial European roots. While it could rightly be argued that this kind of racism and violence has always been a part of Israeli history, its hard not to see the steady, unidirectional intensification. Israel’s ethnic cleansing missions in the late 1940s, the Nakba (or Catastrophe) of Palestinian removal, were always denied by Israel, covered up for decades, until being confirmed in the past decades by Israeli historians using declassified documents as proof. But now we see this street lynching, and the Zionist Hasbara machine is barely working to deny or cover it up. Its as though racist dehumanization has become more acceptable.

The Zion Square lynching should be a moment like the Sharpeville Massacre, or the assault on the Pettus Bridge en route to Montgomery. The presence of a mob, and a spectacle, with cheering, makes this far more like the gruesome Sam Hose lynching in Georgia than the back road lynching of James Byrd in Texas. The mob in Israel two days ago fell on what we now know was four random Palestinian kids, out shopping for the holidays, and brutally kicked one of them unconscious while yelling “death to Arabs,” and (the roughly translated) “A Jew is a soul and (an) Arab is a son of a —-.” The mob turned on Jewish first responders who finally arrived and tried to perform CPR. Some in the angry crowd did not understand why the medics were shocked by what they found, and said the victims were “Arabs” and should be left to die. An Israeli eyewitness wrote trauma-filled FB postings later that night, unable to sleep from what she had seen:

“When one of the Palestinian youths fell to the floor, the [Jewish] youths continued to hit him in the head, he lost consciousness, his eyes rolled, his angled head twitched, and then those who were kicking him fled and the rest gathered in a circle around, with some still shouting with hate in their eyes.”

There is much in common here with the sheer brutality of 20th century US lynchings, and the links need to be better understood. That the eyewitness thinks most of the mob was pre-military service teens further chilled me. Where was the healthy fear of service and violence that marked my generation before the universal draft at the end of high school? These kids are now copying their violent parents who attack, stab, firebomb, and heckle African immigrants in the streets of large Israeli cities so much so that long established Black Jews from Ethiopia and elsewhere feel even less welcome or safe than they once did. They are following the lead of parents and Rabbis who are calling for the protection of Jewish girls from “Arab men.” They are following the lead of Jewish soccer hooligans who import their own version of European football racism and chant “Death to Arabs,” assaulting anyone they think is Arab in the aftermath of recent games, spilling over into assaults in shopping malls and adjacent streets.

When the anonymous facebook author saw the unconscious Palestinian youth taken away in an ambulance, against the mob’s desire, without a pulse of any kind, she presumed he was dead. Miraculously, he was revived on the way to the hospital, regaining a pulse, and then lying in a coma for 2 days, with a breathing tube, before waking up with no recollection of the attack. YNet recently uploaded a photo of the victim, with pixilated face and a clearly visible breathing tube, and Haaretz names him as 17-year-old Jamal Julani, of Jerusalem’s Ras al-Amud neighborhood. While Israeli police originally referred to this as a street brawl, they reclassified the case, according to Monday morning’s Haaretz, as a lynching, and are actively investigating the crime. Haaretz tells us: “A police representative told the Magistrate’s Court that hundreds of people watched the event without helping the victims.” When police arrived on the scene the assailants disappeared into the crowd. Police first arrested a 19 year old on Sunday, who professes innocence, and then yesterday (Israeli time) they arrested four juveniles, ages 13-15, including one female, with more arrests expected soon.

Now, in case anyone reading this thinks I might be reaching, with my comparison to specific Jim Crow US lynching practices, today’s short press piece also provides further evidence that something deeper is indeed at play. The facebook author, and then the police used the term “a lynch,” and this is in fact the English-derived word in Hebrew for such racialized mob violence. But was the term being used accurately? Many bloggers and comment posters on various news fragments about this story in the past few days have hoped to minimize and deny the details of this case, and to say it was just an unfortunate fight between kids, not a racial act or an attempted lynching.

But now the brother of the arrested 13 year old, whose age is not shared, provides perhaps the most telling information to come out yet, as shared in Haaretz:

“The suspect’s brother, who was also present at the scene, said outside the court that it was the four Arab youths who had provoked passersby and “made passes at Jewish girls.” He added: “Why should an Arab make passes at my sister? They shouldn’t be here, it’s our area. For what other reason would they come here if not to make passes at Jewish girls?”

And there you have it, a full discursive window into the racial illogic that made this horrible event possible. Conceptions of segregated space, in which imagined Jews-only space prevail: “They shouldn’t be here, it’s our area.” The notion that the simple presence of Palestinians in this supposedly Jews-only space is, in itself, a provocation. And then the most important element: the accused’s brother says, “the four Arab youths… provoked passersby and ‘made passes at Jewish girls’,” but quickly unravels when his false claim is shown to be nothing but an extension of his racist ‘logic’: “For what other reason would they come here if not to make passes at Jewish girls?” So, Palestinians in self-declared Jewish spaces are inherently guilty of desiring Jewish girls, and Jewish boys or men are therefore, in his mind, justified in using violence to protect “their” women. Anyone who knows their basic US history knows that even the most sadistic lynchings of Black men were justified on precisely this ground, that Black men inherently posed a real or fabricated threat to white women. Sadly, many of us could see this violence coming in Israel, when earlier this year Rabbis started warning of the threats of intermarriage, and the need to protect Jewish girls from Arab men. This sort of violence was the next logical step.

It remains to be seen whether this attempted lynching will disturb or incite Jewish Israelis, and other people further away. For me, this also hit a personal place, a last vestige or memory of hope for a liberal humanist core within Jewish Israeli culture that might stand up to this downward spiral of racism. Rationally, I know this possibility has been dying for a long time, but symbolically, this lynch mob seems to speak to something significant. Zion Square is symbolic, there is no space like it in Tel Aviv or Beer Sheva, or Haifa. Its sort of like Washington Square Park in New York City, a place with history and a space of open congregation, mixing of people and ideas, a space where thoughts of peace, however naïve, might show up on a shirt, a sign, or in a busker’s song. This attempted lynching struck at the heart of Israeli civic society. And hundreds of those members of Israeli society stood by and cheered, and then harbored the escaping assailants. Who will these teen assailants grow up to be? What future is in store for Israel, on this current course? What kind of world ignores this, and goes about its business.

One hundred years ago, and after being violently removed from her role as a journalist in the US South, the great anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells had to hire white private eyes to go into white communities to investigate lynchings so she could document the horrors of the Jim Crow era. Similarly now, Palestinians need Jewish allies within Israeli society to further expose what is happening, in order for the apartheid and racism that has seized the society to be revealed and challenged before a reluctant Western world. Like their Black counterparts in the US or South African past, Palestinians know this violence on a daily basis, but it is the liberal Western audience that has to be moved in order for global pressure to be brought to bear. The problem is that the globalized West still holds onto Jews as the victims par excellence , and is more comfortable than ever post-9/11 dismissing the humanity of all Arabs and Muslims.

Screen Shot 2012 08 17 at 2 17 05 PM
Photo from an earlier attack on a Palestinian in Jerusalem posted
on a settler website with the comment
“How wonderful…I was lucky enough to be present:”
(Image: 972)

Again, like in the US past, this complacency must be challenged. Just as Emmett Till’s mother insisted on an open casket funeral for her brutalized teenage son, so that the media would be forced to cover the horrible reality of white racial violence, so too we might consider the politics of erasing versus circulating images of Palestinian children who have lost their lives, or been brutalized for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In this sense, I commend the work of Mairav Zonszein, writing at +972, who covered this story and posted a photo of a previous Palestinian beating victim in Jerusalem, whose disturbing injuries are being celebrated and bragged about on a Jewish settler website this week. At first, no photos of the recent victims had surfaced, and according to Zonszein the mainstream Israeli media, other than Haaretz, is burying the story and trying to frame it as a brawl. The eyewitness on facebook countered this, saying: “I saw with my own eyes that they (the Palestinian victims) didn’t attack anyone, and I heard with (my) own ears the teens running just to ‘find an Arab to beat up’.”

It seems like, almost every day, Israel passes some invisible threshold beyond which its humanity will truly be lost, and all claims to victimhood and impunity must finally evaporate. And yet, in the election crazed United States, no one bats an eye, and this story is displaced by the escalating clamor for war with Iran. Ultimately, the fact that Israel and Jews in general serve as a kind of force field for US Empire and its heavy-handed presence in the world, means that Israel will never be reigned in by its Western allies, no matter how far it spins into vile apartheid thuggery. This is what Israel has over apartheid South Africa, which was only one of many sources of corporate profit, but not considered especially important once the boycott movement negated this economic incentive. The utter expendability of Palestinian lives dehumanizes Israel, Jews everywhere, and all of global humanity that stands more or less idly by, year after year.

101 Responses

  1. eljay
    August 21, 2012, 8:39 am

    “Jewish State” is an ugly, supremacist state / of mind.

    • seafoid
      August 21, 2012, 9:22 am

      It isn’t really Jewish either. What is Jewish about breeding MRSA in Gaza ?

      • Ranjit Suresh
        August 21, 2012, 10:05 am

        Come on. Broad majorities of whites have taken responsibility for regimes like Apartheid South Africa, Australia during the White Australia policy, Nazi Germany, Jim Crow South, etc.

        Yet to be frank, in Jesse Benjamin’s post and in your comment there seems to be a shucking of responsibility. Was the lynching in Zion Square the result of the adulterating influence of American racism? Or was it simply part and parcel of Jewish supremacism?

        For example, the chant: “A Jew is a soul and (an) Arab is a son of a —-.” is not one with roots in American or Christian culture. No, it is idiomatically based upon a certain fundamentalist reading of the Talmud.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 21, 2012, 10:28 am

        Yet to be frank, in Jesse Benjamin’s post and in your comment there seems to be a shucking of responsibility. Was the lynching in Zion Square the result of the adulterating influence of American racism? Or was it simply part and parcel of Jewish supremacism?

        what do you mean by ‘american racism’? isn’t this both american and jewish? isn’t this side of brooklyn both american and jewish?

        Another thing I saw first hand in the 1980s was the anti-Black dehumanization of Jewish Brooklyn transferring into anti-Arab racism in the West Bank, filled with growing numbers of state-subsidized Brooklyn ex-pat settler extremists. Since then, that once extremist discourse has seeped its way into the mainstream of Israeli parliament, and we see the violence of a street mob looking for “Arabs” to kill. The first vigilante mob I was ever invited to join was in Crown Heights, as my Yeshiva buddies went to “patrol” or in reality antagonize Black residents on the periphery blocks of our shtetl neighborhood. In Israel, some of these same pimply overcompensating dork yeshiva kids and their parents would later be armed with uzis and military training, and unleashed on villagers with the backing of the IDF. Beyond the trash talking teen thugs, was an armed wing of the Jewish Defense League, which was also on the scene in 1980s Brooklyn. This group really thrived in the occupied territories, and their leader, Kahane, literally crossed over, to the West Bank, and into Knesset, where his radical ideas eventually got him expelled, but would now make him almost a centrist.

      • seafoid
        August 21, 2012, 11:30 am

        @ Ranjit

        Israeli Jewish supremacism seems to be to be very like the Japanese militarism of the 1930s and 40s. It is not inherently Jewish any more than Tojo was the embodiment of Japan. These are both phases that end in disaster. One has happened and we await the second.

        I wonder what will be left in the wreckage of Zionism. There will still be millions of Jews in 2112 but they probably won’t be Zionist.

      • Newclench
        August 21, 2012, 3:24 pm

        Exactly.

      • ColinWright
        August 21, 2012, 4:30 pm

        seafoid says: “…I wonder what will be left in the wreckage of Zionism..>”

        Take what’s here now, subtract the impact of Israel firing off her nuclear arsenal, and you have your answer.

      • Citizen
        August 21, 2012, 4:31 pm

        Annie,
        So who lives in Crown Heights? link to en.wikipedia.org

      • Mooser
        August 24, 2012, 7:44 pm

        “I wonder what will be left in the wreckage of Zionism. There will still be millions of Jews in 2112 but they probably won’t be Zionist.”

        I wish I could agree with you, but I just can’t see my way there. As Zionism goes, so goes Judaism, locked in a death embrace. Oh sure, there’ll still be some Jews left, but no matter how many, Judaism will lose any importance or influence or power when Zionism goes. Probably just survive as a religious curiosity for quite a while.
        This isn’t a game, and we can’t just blow a whistle and say “game over”. We chose to play on that field, sovereign nation sweepstakes, and if we lose, we can’t just laugh lightly and say, “oh well, it was just a game, but you can still love and respect us cause we’re so adorable and smart, anyway.” Those who we hoped to ingratiate or impress through our Zionism will know one thing, we lost, and will not be inclined to keep us around out of sentiment. Not to mention the fact that scapegoats will be necessary, and in this case, who better? And we’ve alienated most others. When Zionism goes, an entirely new attitude toward and relation with Jews will evolve. And it is liable to be one that Jews will not be able to live with as Jews, especially since almost two generations have never known anything but Zionism-Judaism. And once Judaism, by the defeat of Zionism can’t hold out any benefits to Jews, what’s left? All those religiousy things and ethics and morals, that we so easily and eagerly discarded for Zionism’s sake? While the hypocrisy of doing so, declaring an oh-so-convenient Jewish ethical renewal, is outrageous, I’m not sure if that will be sufficient attraction.
        I think this is one baby which is going out with the bathwater, so to speak.

        For more information on who was the “embodiment of Japan” and what this “embodiment” was used for, see Herbert P Bix, “Hirohito and the making of modern Japan” Tojo wasn’t the embodiment, that was the Emperoror’s job, and he was not one who shirked his Imperial duties.

      • Mooser
        August 24, 2012, 8:13 pm

        “It isn’t really Jewish either.”

        Does that matter? What are you going to do, seafoid, my friend, run around with a Talmud, pointing at the passages which support your contentions? Even by the roughest of numbers the largest single group of Jews have chosen Zionism as the expression of their Judaism. I’m sorry, my friend, but that “it’s not really Jewish” thing is not going to work. Well, at any rate, I can no longer make it work for me. And it doesn’t seem to work for a lot of other people. If it’s not Jewish, why are all those Jews doing it? They’ve had how many years to change? No matter what you and I think, they have made Zionism, no matter what its original provenance, Jewish whether you and I like it, or not.
        And what is also very alarming is the idea that we can make it go away by saying “it’s not really Jewish”, and the idea that anyone who has been a Zionist can simply say, ‘I am no longer a Zionist’ and make everything alright.

  2. seafoid
    August 21, 2012, 8:42 am

    A wonderful piece, Jesse. The slow descent of Israel into the darkness seems to me like the working out of the logic of Zionism. Violence in Israel is always there below the surface. It is not a normal society.

    It is all building up into a big crisis that Jews do not want to face. Morality versus Zionism . The land isn’t worth it.

    And the problem is far bigger than what Jews do to Palestinians

    link to haaretz.com

    Israel has been taken over by a deep, horrifying apathy

    If in the past Israelis looked away so as not to see what was happening in the state’s backyard, now they’re doing the same when the offense takes place right in front of their lounge chairs.
    Haaretz Editorial Tags: Tel Aviv opinion

    The incident Yaniv Kubovich reported in Monday’s Haaretz is deeply troubling. At high noon, in front of dozens of people, a group of men had sexual intercourse with a half-naked young woman on a Tel Aviv beach for several hours. Not all the circumstances of the peculiar occurence are clear yet and the conduct of the Tel Aviv police – who were very late in arriving at the beach and claimed at first that “no event had taken place” – is inexplicable to say the least.
    But the crux of the matter is the behavior of the beachgoers and workers. Dozens, if not hundreds, of people watched the goings on and almost none of them lifted a finger to stop it. The staff of the nearby beach restaurant and the sunbathers along the shore acted as if they saw nothing and heard nothing. Few bothered to call the police or ask the woman if she was alright.
    “I didn’t get into it because I had a lot of work,” a waiter said. “I saw them doing what they were doing and thought it was a call girl and they were having a good time,” his colleague said. “At no stage did it occur to me to do something,” said a woman who witnessed what happened. The Israelis watched the incident and did not think they had a civic duty to do something to stop it.
    This indifference on the public’s part is deep and horrifying. This is not the first time it has been displayed, but in this instance – considering that the event took place at midday, in front of many people in the heart of a large city – it seems to have broken a record. If in the past Israelis looked away so as not to see what was happening in the state’s backyard, now they’re doing the same when the offense takes place in the state’s shop window, right in front of their lounge chairs.
    The police are now entering the scene, atrociously late, and must ascertain the circumstances of the event and bring the perpetrators to justice. But Israeli society must ask itself much more profound questions, more important than those pertaining to the police’s faulty performance. Have we really become so obtuse, so brutalized, that even such a spectacle like this fails to shake us from our apathy?

    • MRW
      August 21, 2012, 9:55 am

      I agree with seafood. It’s a wonderful piece. It underscores the Israelization going on over here with the Geller/Spencer/Pipes/Horowitz/Gaffney/Kristol brand of anti-Muslim hatred.

      • seafoid
        August 21, 2012, 10:58 am

        I think there is a deeper well of tolerance in the US. The settler colonial state is older and they already went through Slavery and Jim crow. Bull Connor was pushed aside by cultural forces. He still runs Israel. And Israel is far less tolerant of difference. Imagine the US Olympic team with no minorities. Impossible. Israel did it

        AND WON NO MEDALS

      • LanceThruster
        August 21, 2012, 11:40 am

        It underscores the Israelization going on over here with the Geller/Spencer/Pipes/Horowitz/Gaffney/Kristol brand of anti-Muslim hatred.

        How long before the template overlay is complete and it includes full on anti-Arab oppression regardless of religious preference just like in Israel? The attack on the Sikh temple congregation shows the haters don’t really worry about being “selective,” except in terms of casting the net as wide as possible.

    • Mooser
      August 21, 2012, 7:55 pm

      Seafoid, do you remember the Koestler Thread? The Arab or Jew? rape case came up, as it must. Remember how the crimes of the father, rape of a child, pimping his own daughter, sending her to boarding school, were just passed lightly over, and were used to indict the “Arab rapist” as aggravating circumstances (how could he rape someone who suffered so much already, or something like that!

    • proudzionist777
      August 24, 2012, 10:46 pm

      @eljay

      “It’s kind of creepy to see hatefulziosupremacist666 nit-pick about whether Zio-supremacist violence against non-Jews is “lynching” or merely “race rioting”.

      I never said ‘merely’ “race rioting”. Why did you say that?
      Race riots have killed more people than lynchings and is probably the greater crime.

      I think putting words into people’s mouths is creepy. Don’t do that again.

      • eljay
        August 25, 2012, 8:51 am

        >>I think putting words into people’s mouths is creepy. Don’t do that again.

        You are a hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist. That is creepy.

        You were nit-picking over the best way to label Zio-supremacist mob violence against non-Jews. Don’t do that again.

      • eljay
        August 25, 2012, 9:08 am

        >> Race riots have killed more people than lynchings and is probably the greater crime.

        It probably is. But this wasn’t a race riot (per Google, “A public outbreak of violence due to racial antagonism” – IOW, two groups clashing due to racial tension or differences), it was a case of attempted murderous violence by a mob of Jews against a few non-Jews.

        It’s quite disgusting – but not at all surprising – that a hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist like you would try to make a handful of non-Jews equally liable for the criminal behaviour of a mob of Jews.

  3. Shmuel
    August 21, 2012, 10:20 am

    and (the roughly translated) “A Jew is a soul and (an) Arab is a son of a —-.”

    The Hebrew “neshamah” (lit. soul) which sort of rhymes with “ben zonah” (son of a whore/bitch, bastard) is slang for sweetie or dear. A little ironic from a lynch mob, but nothing to do with souls.

    • ColinWright
      August 21, 2012, 4:35 pm

      “…The Hebrew “neshamah” (lit. soul) which sort of rhymes with “ben zonah” (son of a whore/bitch, bastard) is slang for sweetie or dear. A little ironic from a lynch mob, but nothing to do with souls…”

      Really? In this context? I ha’ ma’ doots. In my high school, there was a black security guard who had managed to make himself singularly unpopular. When a white stoner yelled at him ‘hey Roosevelt. Have a nice, white Christmas!’ he wasn’t trying to mend fences.

      I think this crowd was aware of the literal meaning. That would be what makes the chant clever.

      • Shmuel
        August 22, 2012, 3:16 am

        Really? In this context?

        Yeah, really. It’s a football or football-ish chant (like “Death to the Arabs” and “Muhmmad’s dead”). It’s not clever at all. It’s as stupid and illiterate as it is racist. Of course if you know better …

      • ColinWright
        August 22, 2012, 5:17 am

        Shmuel says: ‘Of course if you know better …’

        No I don’t know better, but at the same time, people can be perfectly well aware of the secondary associations of what they are saying — and even the more pleased with the phrase on that account. Unless the meaning ‘soul’ is totally lost in popular speech and the word means ‘dear’ and only ‘dear,’ then it seems to me that the chant could be carrying added meaning.

  4. yourstruly
    August 21, 2012, 12:28 pm

    goes to show that the descent into a living hell is the “natural” trajectory of a violently racist society. took five years of a worldwide conflagration for the allies to defeat nazi germany. what’ll it take for the world to defeat zionist israel?

    • American
      August 21, 2012, 1:11 pm

      “”what’ll it take for the world to defeat zionist israel….yourstruly

      THAT question, as well as what the end for Palestines will look like, is what keeps me here.
      Been sitting on the edge of my chair for a long time looking for some signs this whole zionist thing isn’t going to end in disaster for Palestines, the US, everyone.
      Looking, hoping for some sign of a turn around is probably the main thing that keeps a lot of us glued to Mondo.
      My hopey changey has about sputtered out though.

    • ColinWright
      August 21, 2012, 4:39 pm

      “… took five years of a worldwide conflagration for the allies to defeat nazi germany. what’ll it take for the world to defeat zionist israel?”

      Following that math out yields two possible equations:

      with the US continuing to be aligned with Israel, we are looking at subduing a population of around three hundred million — or about the same proportion of humanity now as Germany was then. So…about five years.

      Assuming the US abandons Israel, then we’re talking about eight million rather than three hundred million. So…about six weeks.

      That might be a tad optimistic — but if the US pulled the plug on Israel, it would be over pretty quick. No doubt of that.

  5. Kathleen
    August 21, 2012, 12:28 pm

    “vile apartheid thuggery” nailed it. Jessie thank you for telling this story and trying to maintain your humanity. So important. The brutality described in detail

    The slave labor in Jerusalem went from being done by Palestinians to people from the Phillipines to those from Africa. All the signs of apartheid are rampant in Israel.

  6. seafoid
    August 21, 2012, 12:30 pm

    link to haaretz.com

    “In a departure from the rather optimistic tone of the Economist report, Landau says he fears “the march of folly of Jewish history” continues today. “If our leadership is so short-sighted as to lead us into a situation where we lose our sovereign state because it no longer rests on a Democratic majority of Jews, then we’ll have done it to ourselves, just like we did it in the past. That’s not to mitigate the murderous responsibility of our persecutors, but even before Christianity, we didn’t do too well running our sovereign state.”

    • American
      August 21, 2012, 1:42 pm

      “the march of folly of Jewish history” continues today. “If our leadership is so short-sighted as to lead us into a situation where we lose our sovereign state because it no longer rests on a Democratic majority of Jews, then we’ll have done it to ”

      This contains some truth. I have been criticized for saying this but I swear to God when you step back and look dispassionately at Jewish history (for the collective)it’s been light bulb on, light bulb off, light bulb on, light bulb off.
      And yea I do blame a lot of it on whatever Jewish leadership dominates at any given time….by episodes they lead astray by their own actions and/or stampede the tribe over the cliff in reaction to others actions.

      • Mooser
        August 21, 2012, 2:21 pm

        “And yea I do blame a lot of it on whatever Jewish leadership dominates at any given time….”

        Uh, excuse me, but I’m a little unclear if you mean the people who were leading the Jews, or the people who were telling the Gentiles they lead the Jews?

      • American
        August 21, 2012, 5:09 pm

        “Uh, excuse me, but I’m a little unclear if you mean the people who were leading the Jews, or the people who were telling the Gentiles they lead the Jews?”…Mooser

        Both and/or either.
        In olden times probably who the Jews chose to go along with at various times. With the advent of Zionism however it is different, they proclaimed themselves the Jewish monarchy ( or dicatorship) of the Jewish Nation…… you don’t get a vote in it.

      • seafoid
        August 21, 2012, 3:47 pm

        The abuse of dissenting Jews is shameful

        Jewish diaspora support is vital for Israel, yet those who oppose its policies are demonised and vilified

        link to guardian.co.uk

        “But even as opportunities for expressing dissent appear to have grown, rightwing Zionists staged a media-savvy fightback, using the usual accusations of disloyalty and “giving succour to our enemies”, especially targeting liberal Zionist Jewish critics. The latest charge is “‘Jew-washing’, Jews using their Jewishness to give token cover for [boycotting Israel] and even antisemitism” – a calumny, itself redolent of antisemitism, promoted by the Israel-based, rightwing NGO Monitor. Spearheading this crusade is an assortment of columnists, bloggers and thinktankers of an aggressive and apocalyptic mindset who smear their targets to the edge of actionable defamation. Even Mick Davis was attacked and has since been tellingly silent. Many leading Jewish communal professionals I know have grave doubts about Israel’s direction but censor themselves for fear of losing their jobs, funding or establishment support.”

      • Citizen
        August 21, 2012, 4:49 pm

        I guess you could call that the Goldstone Syndrome?

  7. Kathleen
    August 21, 2012, 12:41 pm

    25 google pages on the naked swim and then the apology. Nothing that I read talked about the pay to play trip. Who paid and why.

    • Citizen
      August 21, 2012, 4:53 pm

      @ Kathleen,
      Fox talking heads only talked about the naked swim, Rachel Maddow too, but she additionally mentioned Jesus twice. Not even one of her famous raised eyebrows at what the naked swimmer and his buddies were doing there in the Holy Sea. Holes, big ones. Disgusting.

  8. American
    August 21, 2012, 12:49 pm

    Even for me who ‘s inclined to expect the worst of Israel this is shocking.
    The US KKK wore hoods to hide their identities and did their lynching in secret, so the ”publicness” of this makes it all the more alarming to me.
    As was recently noted there were 8 attacks on Muslim institutions here lately, but we are a nation of 350 million people. Israel has only 7 million people in a state about the size of New Jersey so how the bulk of the Israeli public can be oblivious to what’s happening is beyond me. I wonder what the ratio of hate attacks is in comparison by Israelis in Israel and the instances of unwarranted killings and attacks by settlers in the occupied territories?
    Even if we took all the 7,000 hate crimes reported in 2010 in the US what’s the ratio compared to Israel? If someone documented or could document every single instance in Israel for a comparsion I bet we would be shocked again.

    • piotr
      August 21, 2012, 2:26 pm

      As a “defender of the devil” I would point out that in USA there are not that many Muslim to attack, and that there exists politicians and think tanks who do “intelectual attacks”.

      On the other hand, the “jihad talk” that Romney is doing is actually hurting him in opinion polls. Voters are perplexed on economy and give Obama and Romney roughly equal marks, but Obama scores higher on foreign policy. Romney is getting money from Adelson and similar extremists, but the money comes with a curse.

  9. The Hasbara Buster
    August 21, 2012, 1:28 pm

    Actually, there’s hardly anything new about this lynching. Four years ago, a similar Jewish mob attack against two Arabs, which resulted in one stabbed in the back and the other beaten to a pulp, was caught on camera in Jerusalem. See it:

    link to youtube.com

    Notice how ominously the Jews converge on one of the defenseless Arabs, after which they savagely beat him and leave him lying on the ground in the middle of a boulevard. I don’t know what the perpetrators’ eventual fate was, but I would be very surprised to learn they’re serving prison terms.

    • seafoid
      August 21, 2012, 3:52 pm

      The video is like the story of the Good Samaritan in real time
      And it is sickening to watch such cruelty against an innocent Palestinian in the holiest city of Judaism.

    • Citizen
      August 25, 2012, 7:17 pm

      @ The Hasbara Buster
      Gee, yes, this is the same attack: link to haaretz.com

  10. Fredblogs
    August 21, 2012, 1:45 pm

    Let’s not make more of this than it was. The attackers were thugs, but they don’t represent the entire country. Things like this happen everywhere in the world. Should we condemn all of France because one guy shot some Jews there?

    • Woody Tanaka
      August 21, 2012, 2:07 pm

      “Let’s not make more of this than it was.”

      Yeah, it was just a couple of Arabs who were beat nearly to death; its not like it was IMPORTANT people, like Jews. Right, Fredo???

      “…they don’t represent the entire country…”

      Really? This assault is a microcosm of the zionist experience in Palestine since the middle of the 19th Century: beat the Arabs to near death and wait for the likes of you, here in the West, to tell us how it was just “one bad apple” while the REAL zionism is white as the fallen snow.

    • Mooser
      August 21, 2012, 2:18 pm

      “Should we condemn all of France because one guy shot some Jews there?”

      Just click Fredblog’s name above his comment, word search his archive, and you can determine for yourself if he, has, in fact done this. As I recal, he’s referred to this incident many times.

      • Fredblogs
        August 21, 2012, 2:52 pm

        I cite it as an example of anti-Semitism. Not to demonstrate that all of France is bad. Unlike you guys here. This is an example of racism against Arabs, but does not demonstrate that Israel is bad. The police have apparently already arrested one suspect.

      • Mooser
        August 21, 2012, 4:00 pm

        “I cite it as an example of anti-Semitism. Not to demonstrate that all of France is bad. Unlike you guys here.”

        Thanks, Ferdfortz! It was just a guess on my part, but a good one. Thanks for confirming my hunch.

      • Citizen
        August 21, 2012, 4:58 pm

        So, Fredblogs
        Why aren’t you citing this incident as an example of anti-Gentilism? Or do you think that does not exist?

      • American
        August 21, 2012, 5:22 pm

        @ Fredblogs

        Israel isn’t bad based on this one incident. Israel is bad because this treatment and attitude toward Palestines is the rule not the exception in Israel.

    • The Hasbara Buster
      August 21, 2012, 2:44 pm

      Let’s see. Prominent state-paid rabbis incite against the Arabs and don’t get fired. Same goes for prominent politicians. As a result, dozens of nationalist-driven anti-Arab attacks, from mosque burnings to murder by stabbing, have taken place. The perpetrators are either not caught or given very lenient prison terms. A similar lynching was caught on video in 2008, a firebomb was thrown against a Palestinian taxi in the same week as the Zion square incident, a young gang was convicted in 2010 of luring Arabs to parks and beating them…

      What we’ve got here is a pattern of violence instigated by state-paid actors, and which enjoys a large measure of impunity from the justice system. That’s the decisive difference with the French case, in which the violence is isolated and not encouraged by the institutions.

      • ColinWright
        August 21, 2012, 4:49 pm

        The Hasbara buster says: “Let’s see. Prominent state-paid rabbis incite against the Arabs and don’t get fired. Same goes for prominent politicians. As a result, dozens of nationalist-driven anti-Arab attacks, from mosque burnings to murder by stabbing, have taken place. The perpetrators are either not caught or given very lenient prison terms. A similar lynching was caught on video in 2008, a firebomb was thrown against a Palestinian taxi in the same week as the Zion square incident, a young gang was convicted in 2010 of luring Arabs to parks and beating them…

        What we’ve got here is a pattern of violence instigated by state-paid actors, and which enjoys a large measure of impunity from the justice system. That’s the decisive difference with the French case, in which the violence is isolated and not encouraged by the institutions.”

        What we have is a pattern that is — at a minimum — analogous to the behavior of Tsarist Russia around the time of the Kishinev pogrom.

        One striking difference is that while I doubt if we approved of Tsarist Russia then, we vigorously support Israel now.

    • straightline
      August 21, 2012, 2:45 pm

      From the text Fred:

      “And hundreds of those members of Israeli society stood by and cheered, and then harbored the escaping assailants. “

      • Fredblogs
        August 21, 2012, 3:04 pm

        Under the circumstances, I don’t believe that hundreds of people cheered if they could even clearly see what was happening. I consider that part of the story to be hyperbole. On par with Barbara Lubin’s “Sophie’s choice” blood libel. I read the original eye witness account posted here, nothing about anyone cheering. Now all of a sudden retroactively hundreds of people were cheering. The tale grows in the telling. Especially since I saw it grow in the text here, from Ha’Aretz account of hundreds witnessing and the criminals escaping into the crowd to active cheering and helping them escape, made up right here on this website.

      • Mooser
        August 21, 2012, 3:58 pm

        “I read the original eye witness account posted here, nothing about anyone cheering. Now all of a sudden retroactively hundreds of people were cheering. The tale grows in the telling.”

        Of course, you’re too sypid, and way too arroganr, to realise that your noting that “the tale grows” won’t stop it growing. That’s what happens when a project like Israel goes out of style. Were you around the States when VietNam went sour?
        And no, Fredblogs, nobody is going to confine their unqualified loathing of Israel because Fredblogs says it’s an exaggeration. Rather, in fact, the opposite. But you’re too dumb to see that.

      • The Hasbara Buster
        August 21, 2012, 4:46 pm

        I don’t believe that hundreds of people cheered

        As I documented above, in 2008 some 60 Jews were caught on camera beating an Arab to a pulp, and chasing and stabbing another. So that the report that hundreds of people cheered in the Zion square incident gains some credibility.

      • yishai
        August 21, 2012, 7:14 pm

        The crowd gathering into the hundreds, standing by, and in many cases cheering, comes directly from the police report, as covered in Haaretz. Why you, or others can not believe this possible is the question to ask here. What does this blind spot reveal?

      • Woody Tanaka
        August 22, 2012, 9:05 am

        “What does this blind spot reveal?”

        It is simply an example of base bigotry. It is as bigoted to claim that “all Jews are innocent, provoked, misunderstood or act in a justified manner” as it is to say a negative bigoted statement against a group. For Fredo, whatever the subject, if a Jew appears to have done something bad or guilt-worthy, he will fight tooth and nail to come up with some colorable claim that the Jewish person (or israel, specifically or israelis, in general) are free from guilt — regardless of the facts. And when one excuse doesn’t pan out, he just moves to another. He is defending his bigoted conclusion, so it doesn’t matter to him what excuse he uses.

        The only time he will veer from this process is when you have a situation like this, where the Jewish criminal is beyond defense, stating what, by their actions, should be the national motto for the majority of Jewish israelis: “Let him die, he’s an Arab.” In that situation, Fredo will switch to defensive mode, claiming that this example of the rabid systemic bigotry and violence among the Jews in Palestine is nothing but a “bad apple.” (Palestinians, of course, don’t get such treatment from Fredo. Their “bad apples” demonstrate merely Fredo’s conclusion that the Palestinians are an enemy people.)

        Not much to understand. Fredo’s a bigot. Klansman with a kippa.

      • Fredblogs
        August 22, 2012, 1:12 pm

        @yishai
        If it comes from the police report as covered in Ha’Aretz then Mr. Benjamin should have said so. What he cited from Ha’Aretz is that there was a large crowd, not that anyone was cheering. As far as his post here is concerned, it looks like he made up that detail himself. He’s saying it, not saying that Ha’Aretz said it. If you have a link the a Ha’aretz story that the crowd was cheering, post it.

      • Woody Tanaka
        August 22, 2012, 1:51 pm

        “If it comes from the police report as covered in Ha’Aretz then Mr. Benjamin should have said so. ”

        Yeah, after all, how can Fredo exercise his bigotry, if he doesn’t know what facts he has to excuse away???

      • Annie Robbins
        August 22, 2012, 3:08 pm

        fred, open the very first link in this article. just scroll up.

        What he cited from Ha’Aretz is that there was a large crowd, not that anyone was cheering.

        “Jerusalem 2012. The account first appeared on Facebook in Hebrew. Translated by Haaretz:”

        attacked by youths shouting “Death to the Arabs” at them, as well as other racial slurs…….and shouts of ‘A Jew is a soul and Arab is a son of a –,’ were shouted loudly and dozens (!!) of youths ran and gathered and started to really beat to death three Arab youths who were walking quietly in the Ben Yehuda street,” the witness wrote.

      • Fredblogs
        August 22, 2012, 4:36 pm

        Would that be this link?

        link to mondoweiss.net

        Followed it, read it, did a word search on it. Nothing about a cheering crowd. Stuff about the attackers shouting, but nothing about a “cheering crowd” of hundreds of witnesses.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 22, 2012, 5:36 pm

        fred, i think we can assume the meaning was in the context of ‘cheering them on’.when a group of people are violently assaulting others and those on the sidelines are shouting ‘death to arabs’ i think that can rightly be conceived as ‘cheering’ on.

        you’re nitpicking semantics here and you know it. get lost.

      • Fredblogs
        August 22, 2012, 6:07 pm

        Nothing in there about those on the sidelines being the ones doing the shouting about “death to Arabs”, or the thing about “a Jew is a soul”, or anything else for that matter. Sounds to me from the eyewitness account like that’s what the attackers were yelling. I’m not nitpicking semantics, I’m disagreeing with you about who was doing the shouting.

      • yishai
        August 22, 2012, 6:49 pm

        check the facts more closely. there are many references to the crowd chanting racist slogans, some directly from soccer hooliganism. How is a crowd chanting slogans not a crowd cheering them on? Look at the content of the chants: Jews have a soul, Arabs are sons of whores.

      • yishai
        August 22, 2012, 6:51 pm

        the attackers/mob were in themselves a crowd, that is how scary this was.
        Now we also know a police officer was in the crowd and left thinking it “unimportant” – Fred, was he too also scared?

    • ColinWright
      August 21, 2012, 2:54 pm

      “Let’s not make more of this than it was. The attackers were thugs, but they don’t represent the entire country. Things like this happen everywhere in the world. Should we condemn all of France because one guy shot some Jews there?”

      It seems to me that’s the entire point.

      The attackers did represent the whole country. There have been far worse incidents in terms of the actual crime — but here, hundreds of onlookers, presumably representing a fair cross-section of Israeli Jewry, looked on and did nothing as the attack unfolded.

      Worse, there had been no provocation at all. It wasn’t as if this was a Southern lynch mob in 1905, excited by some rumor of some crime.

      I think there’s quite a bit to be made of it. I think Israel just publicly demonstrated exactly what she is.

      • Fredblogs
        August 21, 2012, 3:13 pm

        Witnesses doing nothing is hardly unique to Israel. Look at the Kitty Genovese case in New York. Furthermore, in the brief time that an attack takes, people may not even know what is going on.

      • Woody Tanaka
        August 21, 2012, 4:55 pm

        “Witnesses doing nothing is hardly unique to Israel.”

        Not “witnesses”, Fredo, “accomplices.” (At least, that how you described the equivalent in the Karp case when the people were Arabs. You specifically called them “accomplices.” But these were Jews, so, of course, you must defend them by calling them “witnesses.”)

      • ColinWright
        August 21, 2012, 6:32 pm

        Fredblogs: “Witnesses doing nothing is hardly unique to Israel. Look at the Kitty Genovese case in New York. Furthermore, in the brief time that an attack takes, people may not even know what is going on.”

        Yes but while this may be the norm for New York City this isn’t the norm for Israel.

        A while back someone recounted how when there was a shout of ‘terrorist’ half a dozen people on the bus suddenly acquired pistols and stormed off to render assistance.

        Israelis seem to be perfectly prepared to intervene — if it suits them.

        And that’s the point. Here they didn’t. In fact, they cursed the aid workers and tried to hide the perpetrators.

      • Fredblogs
        August 21, 2012, 7:42 pm

        In the Karp case they were friends of the attackers who knew what they were doing, and did nothing to stop them (except the woman who told them to stop) and left with them. They could easily have stepped in without risk to themselves from their friends. They were all part of one group. Here, there is no evidence that that is the case. The witnesses could have been in fear that they would be attacked if they tried to intervene.

      • Woody Tanaka
        August 22, 2012, 8:56 am

        “Here, there is no evidence that that is the case. ”

        Nonsense. In this case there are reports of dozens of people being involved. So much for your defense that they were all scared. So what’s your next defense for excusing these Jews? Or is it enough that they were Jews?

      • Fredblogs
        August 22, 2012, 1:01 pm

        We aren’t talking about the people involved, who will be arrested if the police are able to identify them. We are talking about the witnesses. And in fact, the fact that it was a large group of attackers makes it more likely that the bystanders were afraid to intervene. Any individual or small group could have been afraid of the large group of attackers. It speaks very well of the courage of the people who did intervene to revive the victim.

      • tree
        August 22, 2012, 1:05 pm

        The witnesses could have been in fear that they would be attacked if they tried to intervene.

        Not according to the witness…

        When two of our volunteers went into the circle, they tried to perform CPR the mass of youths standing around started to say resentfully that we are resuscitating an Arab, and when they passed near us and saw that the rest of the volunteers were shocked, they asked why we were so in shock, he is an Arab. When we returned to the area after some time had passed, and the site was marked as a murder scene, and police were there with the cousin of the victim who tried to reenact what happened, two youths stood there who did not understand why we wanted to give a bottle of water to the cousin of the victim who was transferred to hospital in critical condition, he is an Arab, and they need don’t need to walk around in the center of the city, and they deserve it, because this way they will finally be afraid.

      • Woody Tanaka
        August 22, 2012, 1:49 pm

        “We are talking about the witnesses. And in fact, the fact that it was a large group of attackers makes it more likely that the bystanders were afraid to intervene. Any individual or small group could have been afraid of the large group of attackers. ”

        Except that the police reported that there were hundred of them. They clearly outnumbered the attackers and could have stopped this SA-style racist attack and these (primarily if not exclusively Jewish) “witnesses” did nothing. They are accomplices.

      • eljay
        August 22, 2012, 1:50 pm

        Good ol’ Fraudblogs, doing his best to turn an ugly and violent assault by a Jewish mob driven by hateful and immoral “Jewish State” Zio-supremacism into nothing more than a school-yard scuffle over lunch money. What a loathsome person he is.

      • tree
        August 22, 2012, 1:52 pm

        Witnesses doing nothing is hardly unique to Israel. Look at the Kitty Genovese case in New York.

        You do know, Fred, that Kitty Genovese died in 1964, which means the incident happened nearly 50 years ago, under quite different circumstances.

        Maybe you could point us to the paragraph that showed NY bystanders objecting to Genovese being given medical treatment, or harassing her relatives after the fact at the crime scene, as was done with Julani in Zion Square.

        link to en.wikipedia.org

      • yishai
        August 22, 2012, 2:14 pm

        right, and when has anyone seen a crowd in Israel that was not heavily armed, and militarily trained? I mean, really…
        Intervention would have been easy.

        Now we also see that a police officer was on the scene, and thought it irrelevant, and left.
        We are also learning that a Jewish woman incited the crowd with claims of being harassed, or assaulted by an Arab (at some point in the past), and also that racist Jews are following this incident with leaflets in Hebrew on one side and Arabic on the other, warning Arab men to stay away, as they “fear” the same will happen to them.
        Segregation enforced by neighborhood, reinforced with terroristic threats of violence, and justified by protection of white/Jewish women – that says it all, doesn’t it….

      • Fredblogs
        August 22, 2012, 2:43 pm

        @Woodrow
        A hundred individuals, not an army of 100 people. The unfortunate fact is that with 100 individuals, each individual could be afraid that they would be attacked if they intervened first. And with no guarantee that the rest of the people would defend them physically. It’s unfortunately quite a common human response to group violence when a large crowd is there. Each person hopes someone else will step in and no one wants to be the one who does and gets his brains splattered on the pavement.

      • Cliff
        August 22, 2012, 3:03 pm

        Hate crimes against Arabs constitute terrorism, says [Israeli] vice prime minister
        Moshe Ya’alon calls on elected officials to unite against violence

        link to timesofisrael.com

        Oh dear Fraudblobs, please don’t implode from all the mixed messages. It’s still ok for you to defend pedophilia, organ trafficking, mass murder, ethnic cleansing, rape, torture, etc. so long as it’s done by Zionists and for Zionists and in the name of Zionism.

      • Woody Tanaka
        August 22, 2012, 3:32 pm

        “A hundred individuals, not an army of 100 people. ”

        No, Fredo, hundreds of people.

        And come on, Fredo, when was the last time you saw an unarmed group of israelis? I would have to imagine there were a few dozens guns there, at least. And given the fact that they all are ex-idf’ers, I’m sure quite a few were trained in that great Krav Maga we keep hearing about. Surely it wouldn’t take one or two of those folks to get the ball rolling among these veterans of the “most moral army” of forever.

        Or maybe there simply isn’t any Martin Niemöllers in Israel. Instead they chant, “First they came for the Arabs. Good.” (Would explain the cheering…)

        Or maybe they were all cowards.

        So which is it: accomplices or cowards?

      • yishai
        August 22, 2012, 4:13 pm

        @Woody:
        Most Hilarious Post EVER

    • ColinWright
      August 21, 2012, 3:37 pm

      “…Should we condemn all of France because one guy shot some Jews there?…”

      If you can show us how hundreds of Frenchmen stood by and watched with indifference or even open approval — yeah, we could condemn France.

    • Mooser
      August 21, 2012, 4:02 pm

      “Let’s not make more of this than it was.”

      Just like King Canute. I bet Ferdfortz will tell you his feet aren’t wet. Het Ferdie, are those minnows biting your toes?

    • WeAreAllMadeOfStars
      August 21, 2012, 4:21 pm

      You nail it Freddie : “one guy” … not a mob and a cheering crowd … Oh and he also killed an Arab and three other gentiles but I guess this does not count does it ?

  11. WeAreAllMadeOfStars
    August 21, 2012, 4:25 pm

    Very interesting post Jesse. Just a little correction. It is not Sharon who ordered to break the Palestinians’ bones but another war criminal : Yitzak Rabin …
    [as per many sources, among them the highly recommended Mondoweiss link to mondoweiss.net ]

    • yishai
      August 22, 2012, 1:34 am

      right, thanks… my bad… these guys haunt my dreams and I guess they’re blurring at this point, especially with late night writing, but this is indeed an important distinction, so thanks…

  12. DICKERSON3870
    August 21, 2012, 4:48 pm

    RE – “A Lynching in Jerusalem: Anatomy of Jewish racism”
    by Jesse Benjamin

    MY COMMENT: A superbly written article that puts this “lynch” incident into a broader perspective.
    Sadly, these incidents (and Pamela Geller’s bus advertisement) recently brought to my mind the name of Georgia’s infamous J.B. Stoner. And I would just as soon not be reminded of him and his ilk.
    J.B. Stoner - link to en.wikipedia.org

  13. Mondowise
    August 21, 2012, 5:11 pm

    “…no matter how far it spins into vile apartheid thuggery.

    this is seriously, gravely, disturbingly understated…more like: speeding exponentially as murderous criminal terrorism, which it truly is.

  14. amigo
    August 21, 2012, 5:17 pm

    “Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday sharply condemned last week’s attack by Jewish teens on an Arab youth in Jerusalem, saying that the country’s abhorrence to such acts – as witnessed by the way the country’s leaders and others have strongly come out against it – sets Israel apart from other countries in its neighborhood” Jpost

    Note the self serving Zionist diversionary tactics.

    It is the usual ,”they are worse than us so all is ok.

  15. Blake
    August 21, 2012, 5:34 pm

    Yep the Zionists created the concept of a scapegoat

  16. proudzionist777
    August 24, 2012, 8:36 am

    Hey Jesse.
    You’re a dual national. Why not explain to your readers the American definition of a ‘lynching’? After all, Americans perfected lynching in the early 20th century .

    lynched, lynch·ing, lynch·es
    To punish (a person) without legal process or authority, especially by hanging, for a perceived offense or as an act of bigotry.

    Wouldn’t it be more accurate to call this incident a race riot rather than a lynching.

    • Shmuel
      August 24, 2012, 9:22 am

      What part of “or as an act of bigotry” didn’t you understand?

    • Mooser
      August 24, 2012, 11:54 am

      Hey, “ProudZionist” did you make it to Israel? Remember, you were so frightened by anti-Semitism or paying taxes, or the age-of-consent laws or something that you told us you were moving to Israel. Did you go?
      If Ziocaine amnesia has set in, you can check your own comment archives for your promise to go back where you don’t belong.

      • proudzionist777
        August 24, 2012, 1:00 pm

        @Mooser

        You’re not funny. You’ve never been funny.

        My wife has rented a house in Israel and I am flying on Monday.

        Next time you’re in Israel, look me up and we can meet up for a beer.

      • Cliff
        August 24, 2012, 4:49 pm

        Why the hell would he meet you for a beer? You keep passing out invitations as if you’re some regular Shlomo but the truth is that rather than condemn the lynching – your FIRST REACTION was to nitpick over whether it was a race-attack or a lynching.

        LOL

        Why does anyone here need to MEET you in-person? You are absolutely vile. One can only imagine what your family is like if you are a father and husband and elder. My father is around your age (I recall you stating that you were in your 50s?) – and I look up to people older than me.

        It’s naive, because obviously there are a lot of people out there who are ‘bad’ and age has nothing to do with it. That being said, ‘those people’ always seem to exist in another reality.

        The movers and shakers that is – they seem to be in their own world apart from the rest of us.

        You’re more tangible to me though and that’s the sad part – some old racist lunatic who is also a father; family man; ordinary person.

      • proudzionist777
        August 24, 2012, 10:18 pm

        @Cliff

        “Why the hell would he meet you for a beer?”

        Why? Because I like to drink and meet new people.

        “your FIRST REACTION was to nitpick over whether it was a race-attack or a lynching.”

        How would you know what my first reaction was? You don’t know, so you project what you think my first reaction was.
        In truth, my first reaction was sadness and revulsion of mob violence which I’ve already condemned in earlier posts.

        “You are absolutely vile.”

        No I’m not. I’m actually a very likeable and personable man. I’m leaving many American friends and and I’m confident I will make many friends in Israel.

        “One can only imagine what your family is like if you are a father and husband and elder.”

        My family is wonderful and people adore my children.

        What’s eating you Cliff?

    • Cliff
      August 24, 2012, 12:20 pm

      Hey mudzio666,

      Aren’t you an adult? Like a married old guy with kids? Where’s the compassion? The Palestinians involved weren’t antisemitic Jew-killing terrorists or Amalek reborn.

      This was as one-sided as a ZioBot can ask for. Even your vice-prez/prime minister of IzraHell condemned the attack as ‘terrorism’.

      Are you to the right of Likud? Kahanist?

      I mean, we knew you were a fascist creep, but to this degree? Actually, forget it.

      I recall you saying ‘the Arabs’ ‘simply’ didn’t get a ‘chance’ to rape and pillage as much as their Jewish counterparts during the 48′ war because they were repelled by said Jewish counterparts.

      Such airtight Zio-logic explains your mentality through and through here as well.

  17. eljay
    August 24, 2012, 9:24 am

    >> Why not explain to your readers the American definition of a ‘lynching’?

    According to Wiki:
    >> Lynching is an extrajudicial execution carried out by a mob … in order to punish an alleged transgressor, or to intimidate, control, or otherwise manipulate a population of people. … Lynchings … have often been the means used by the politically dominant population to oppress social challengers.

    Although the title of the article is, IMO, incorrect, at the start of the article itself Mr. Benjamin correctly refers to the incident as “an attempted mob lynching”.

    It’s kind of creepy to see hatefulziosupremacist666 nit-pick about whether Zio-supremacist violence against non-Jews is “lynching” or merely “race rioting”.

    • Cliff
      August 24, 2012, 12:34 pm

      Hophmi is doing the same thing to Alex Kane in the thread regarding the connections between Islamophobia and mainstream American Zionism. That is the main point but hoppy, being the third-rate kindergarten hasbarat that he is, is busy doing interpretive dance while the adults are trying to have a rational discussion.

      The aim is the same though – to mitigate damage these stories and realities do to Brand Israel in the minds of the respective ZioBots who do the damage control.

      And it’s oh so pathetic! You have OlegR referring to some early Iraq War shooting as if it’s relevant to something going on in the I/P conflict in the present. Why didn’t he just pull a Biorabbi and spit some verbiage about Syria? In either case it’s dead Arabs he doesn’t give a shit about.

      Then there’s FraudBlobs. I think he’s the most honest of all the bots because he comes outright and admits he has no problem with horrible crimes like murder, pedophilia, etc, so long as its a Zionist doing it.

      And now mudzio666 is mincing words over words. LOL

      SO PATHETIC

      That is Zionism. Money, lies, Holocaust guilt industry, a divided and conquered and colonized enemy (‘the Arabs’) built up and mystified as the boogeyman, infrastructure in place that blocks the competition from other ideological infrastructure and even criminalizes such competition as ‘antisemitism’.

      Etc. etc. – Zionism is a rigged game/ pure comic book evil.

  18. Mooser
    August 24, 2012, 11:56 am

    “It’s kind of creepy to see hatefulziosupremacist666 nit-pick about whether Zio-supremacist violence against non-Jews is “lynching” or merely “race rioting”.”

    Well, by now, unless Mr. PootZaniest is a prevaricator, he should be there to see for himself.

  19. HeresJohnny
    August 26, 2012, 10:39 am

    Hello:

    I enjoy reading the comments on this site. There is a good group of well informed and educated people. This is my first posting on this site, hopefully I can contribute to the high level of discussion.

    Cheers

    John

  20. HeresJohnny
    August 26, 2012, 10:59 am

    Look at the racist violence that occurred in the southern US during for most of its existence. The few people that actually carried out the violent acts against blacks were supported by the majority of the white community. Racist vigilante groups don’t grow in tolerant societies. They are nurtured in a racist environment that surrounds them, families, schools and businesses. Tolerant and civil societies may produce an occasional freak, angry and violent racist, but they don’t produce gangs of racists.
    This attack on two Palestinian men is a clear sign there is a deep racist hatred amongst the majority of West Bank Israelis

    John.

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