Israeli soldier on Facebook: ‘There’s nothing better than a dead Arab’

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Racist Facebook comments written by anonymous Israeli soldier

One month ago today we reported on Israel’s changing image as an Israeli soldier’s Instagram photo of a Palestinian boy caught in an Israeli soldier’s crosshairs went viral and received worldwide attention.

Today Haaretz reports on a grotesque example of Israeli racism on social media. This time it’s a Facebook posting: Israeli soldier on Facebook: There’s nothing better than a dead Arab

An Israeli soldier has written “there is nothing better than a dead Arab” on his Facebook page, the second IDF soldier to post strongly anti-Arab sentiment on social media in as many months.

“The Arabs are the cancer of this country and must be dealt with,” wrote the soldier, a member of the Israel Defense Forces’ Golani Brigade. “There is nothing better than a dead Arab.”

The soldier also referred to a bus crash in Jordan last week in which Palestinians died. “I’m glad Arabs were killed,” he wrote. “I”ll be happy if not one Arab remains here, and I’m sorry only 14 were killed.”

Unfortunately, nothing too surprising here. We’re informed “IDF tells commanders to better monitor their troops.” The soldier was “called in for a talk” by his commander and removed the posting from his Facebook page. What can be done about the minds of these soldiers? Somehow I’m getting the impression the lesson they’re learning is not to post these things. But what about how the soldiers think? Is the Israeli military addressing that far more important issue, or don’t they recognize the inherent danger of these kinds of racist deadly thoughts?

(Hat tip Mondoweiss poster seafoid)

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27 Responses

  1. seafoid
    March 19, 2013, 3:42 pm

    What can you say? One rotten apple doesn’t cut the mustard any longer.
    The problem is systematic.

    • Kathleen
      March 20, 2013, 7:43 am

      “The problem is systematic.” when hatred of another or other people are less than are taught in your culture, religion and cultivated by your government through apartheid tough to break such a vicious, ugly cycle. From what I have heard from Art Gish who went over there for years while he was alive and others who have spent a great deal of time over there racism is very common.

      • seafoid
        March 21, 2013, 1:49 pm

        The rabbis are a severe disappointment. If the society isn’t run on broadly moral/just lines it has no hope of continued outside support long term.

  2. Shingo
    March 19, 2013, 4:09 pm

    Fortunately it’s only the Pslestinians who are required to renounce violence, so no harm, no foul.

  3. Citizen
    March 19, 2013, 4:29 pm

    It troubles me more that American cops and soldiers are equally encouraged to think Muslim’s Arab brown people, and Persians, are made pure targets for Americans, both home and abroad. The USA’s security eyes have been replaced by clone Jewish Israeli eyes. And Dick and Jane remain oblivious.

  4. ckg
    March 19, 2013, 4:58 pm

    It’s kind of amusing that Haaretz obscures the name and photo of Chen Shaptiban a full three days after Ali Abunimah revealed them on his blog. Little good that will do now.

    • kayq
      March 19, 2013, 6:35 pm

      Yes, you’re right but Ha’aretz, even if Ali never revealed the photos, wouldn’t want to damage its country’s rep. Not much you can expect from Israel’s ‘left-leaning’ paper. There are good things that do come out of Ha’aretz sometimes though.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 19, 2013, 7:17 pm

        all press in israel is subject to military censor. the military probably wouldn’t let them print his name even if they wanted to.

      • kayq
        March 23, 2013, 5:24 am

        Ah you do make a good point.

  5. Cliff
    March 19, 2013, 5:46 pm


    Not shocking though.

    Just another IDF clown playing soldier among a kidnapped civilian population.

  6. Justpassingby
    March 19, 2013, 6:15 pm

    These racist views says alot about the hatred-culture against palestinians in Israel. Thats why some 80-90% of israelis supported the Cast Lead war even though crimes like “Crimes against Humanity” might have been commited by israeli forces.

    • kalithea
      March 19, 2013, 10:57 pm

      Cast Lead was NOT a war. A war implies two armed parties. Gazans were fish in a barrel. Cast Lead was a MASSACRE i.e. part of the slow genocide quota.

  7. justicewillprevail
    March 19, 2013, 6:42 pm

    What can you expect when they are brought up and indoctrinated to think like this? The army is a perfect mechanism for the incubation of such ideas, with its tacit approval of racist action, its ceaseless campaign against Palestinian citizens, the kidnapping of their children, the impunity for their murder, and its support for criminals who call themselves settlers. It’s a miracle that some retain a conscience and support the courage of Breaking the Silence.

  8. David Doppler
    March 19, 2013, 7:22 pm

    Send young people into war, and this, and much worse, is what you get. They need to think of the enemy as an “other,” not a human being with whom they empathize, to rationalize what they do to them. Then something humanizes the “other” for them, reveals their naivete/bias/stupidity, and they have the rest of their lives to regret their youthful excesses.

    • ErsatzYisrael
      March 20, 2013, 6:48 am

      David Doppler says:
      March 19, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      “Send young people into war, and this, and much worse, is what you get. They need to think of the enemy as an “other,” not a human being with whom they empathize, to rationalize what they do to them. Then something humanizes the “other” for them, reveals their naivete/bias/stupidity, and they have the rest of their lives to regret their youthful excesses.”

      There is no “other”.

      A Jew can simultaneously be a Jew and an Arab. Moreover, if a Jew can be an atheist, then a Jew can also be a Christian or a Muslim.

    • seafoid
      March 20, 2013, 10:51 am

      The army has conscription. All secular Jews are indoctrinated thus. So it’s far worse than the situation in the US.

      The orthodox are indoctrinated via the yeshivas .

      It’s awful.

  9. Mndwss
    March 19, 2013, 8:15 pm

    Nazi salute?

  10. Avi_G.
    March 19, 2013, 8:41 pm

    Now see if you can get the Associated Press (AP) to muster the intellectual integrity to report this, thus resulting in thousands of papers across the United States picking up the wire report.

    Nah. Who are we kidding? The Associated Press is worse than NPR. It’s busy vilifying Arabs, Palestinians and Moslems.

    One of the AP’s favorite tactics is to use Arab reporters who live locally in the Middle East. That way when the AP prints the story, it doesn’t have to defend the author. The editors can simply point to the author’s name and say, “Look. He’s an Arab reporting about Arabs. We’re fair and balanced.”

    But this soldier’s Facebook posting will not make it to the AP. Hence, there will be no one in the proverbial forest to hear the falling tree.

    This selective reporting helps Israel-friendly Establishment types to create whatever image they desire.

    You want Arabs to look like savages? No problem.

    You want Israelis to look like salt of the Earth peacemakers? Done, and done.

    By the way, is the mainstream US media busy selling another war this year or are they falling over each other trying to fellate one Establishment hack or another?

  11. MK_Ultra
    March 19, 2013, 10:54 pm

    “We are making the lives of millions unbearable, into prolonged human suffering, it kills me.” A different subject of the film says, We’ve become, quote, “a brutal occupation force similar to the Germans in World War II.”

    These are former heads of Shin Bet quoted in the movie “The Gatekeepers”

    The Gatekeepers: In New Film, Ex-Shin Bet Chiefs Denounce Occupation, Compare Israel to Nazi Germany

  12. Qualtrough
    March 19, 2013, 11:41 pm

    This would only come as a shock to those who get their news from CNN, Fox, or their local newspaper. That is to say, about 95% of the US.

  13. yourstruly
    March 20, 2013, 12:38 am

    in the 19th century it was the only good injun is a dead injun

    in the last century it was solving the jewish question

    today it’s there’s nothing better than a dead arab

    the more things change the more they stay the same?

    justice for palestine?


    for one & all?

    the just & peaceful world?

    • yourstruly
      March 20, 2013, 1:25 am

      what’s driving this jewish soldier in his hatred for palestinians?

      perhaps the opportunity to kill or main someone

      yet be able brag about it

      like that teenager & friends who gang-raped an unconscious 15 year old girl last august

      one of whom just a few days ago –

      members of the jury

      on the charge of rape

      your verdict?

      guilty as charged

      to the tune of circa 15 years in the state pen


      it’s ok to kill an arab as long as one doesn’t brag about it?

      rather, that whether soldier or civilian, kill someone, pay the appropriate penalty

  14. Abdul-Rahman
    March 20, 2013, 6:01 am

    Very reminiscent of the quote “The only good Indian is a dead Indian.” attributed by historians to Philip Sheridan

    Which might explain why human rights activists of the American Indian Movement like William “Jimbo” Simmons (and the late Russell Means, etc) are strong activists for the Palestinian cause:

    • Elliot
      March 20, 2013, 9:37 am

      Thanks for the source.
      When I was in Israel, this was a common racist catchphrase, at rallies and in graffiti was:
      “A good Arab is a dead Arab”.

      Israeli racists can’t even come up with their own material.

      • MK_Ultra
        March 20, 2013, 10:30 am

        Could you imagine the brohaha if anyone posted “A good jew is a dead jew”? Oy! An excellent insight into the psychopathy of Zionists can be seen in this der Spiegel interview. It’s all in there from self-righteousness to moral relativity to the psychopathy of the lot on display for all to see:

        These are two of my ‘favorite’ quotes although there were a lot of good ones in that debate:

        Graumann: Perhaps as an aside, but you don’t even begin to grasp the emotional component — what it means to be constantly exposed to the shelling by Hamas or the extermination plans of the Iranians. You write about this country [ISreal] with a cold heart, with a frigid empathy that gives me the shivers.


        Graumann: The Jews who live in this country [Germany] are Germans as well. Yes, we Jews are traumatized, and I wish that everyone would be sensitive to this.

        Didya ever?

  15. chinese box
    March 20, 2013, 8:49 am

    These are simply classic anti-semitic tropes being repurposed for deployment against against a different group of people. Substitute “cancer” for “vermin”. Or “drugged cockroaches in a bottle” comment from years past. Unfortunately the MSM never delves into this, and these incidents are passed off as anomalies, if they are covered at all, by major news outlets.

    To be fair, similar comments about Israelis have been made by some Palestinians, and in the Arab media. But who has the power in this situation? Who is engaging in ethnic cleansing?

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