Like Geo Wallace, Upper Nazareth mayor calls for segregation ‘for ever and ever’

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Last week we posted the declaration from the mayor of Upper Nazareth, a largely-Jewish city outside Nazareth, that he would resist Palestinians moving into the city– because the “innocent belief in the message of coexistence… posed a grave danger to the very existence of a Jewish community in the Galilee.” Palestinians would drive Jews away, said Mayor Shimon Gafsou; “it is time to guard our house.”

His statements drew condemnation. And Gafsou has now responded on Facebook. Thanks to Ofer Neiman, here is the translation from the Hebrew. I heard an echo of George Wallace’s famous line from 1963, “I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” 

A Haaretz article, published this week, claims I am a racist, and the reader comments are well-filtered, to generate a presumed public opinion which chastises me. And what’s all the fuss about? It’s about me declaring once more what is known to everyone: I as a mayor have acted decidedly and unequivocally, to preserve upper Nazareth as a Jewish city for ever and ever. For this they are calling me a racist, a fascist, a thug. [They] are planning a demonstration by a left wing group in front of my house [in order] to arrest me…

Haaretz, Israel Hayom (*), [MK] Ahmad Tibi, [MK] Ilan Gilon – they can all scream their lungs out. The residents of Upper Nazareth have come to reside in a Jewish city, and they are determined to keep it that way. We are the mountain people, strong and solid. No one will intimidate us! with courage and perseverance we shall keep guarding our Upper Nazareth, our home!

14 Responses

  1. Bumblebye
    April 21, 2013, 11:18 am

    Aw, poor ol’ ‘no Christmas trees’ on his watch Shimon Gafsou! How can those fools at Haaretz call him a racist and/or fascist thug! He’s so sure he’s not. Maybe he’s just an ‘ethnic chauvinist’? Same thing, different label?

    • Sumud
      April 21, 2013, 9:34 pm

      Maybe he’s just an ‘ethnic chauvinist’? Same thing, different label?

      Jewish supremacist also covers it – and the parallel with George Wallace and his white supremacism is more obvious.

      • Bumblebye
        April 22, 2013, 9:24 am

        I was thinking he would prefer a ‘blander’ sounding label, since he seems to have taken umbrage at the other harsh ones. Still means just the same.

  2. Citizen
    April 21, 2013, 1:32 pm

    So funny. Wonder if the likes of the author of Portnoy’s Complaint who targeted the likes of Lindbergh later, after puking up his dumb shiksa longing, has anything left in his tank to take on the likes of this Nazareth mayor? I doubt it. Oh my, American literary circles will just have to deal with it, eh?

  3. rensanceman
    April 21, 2013, 2:14 pm

    More anectdotal evidence that Zionist do indeed believe themselves to be exceptional beings and thereby racists to the core. This is also a prejudiced claim to make but a sentiment Wallace would have approved– before his transformation in his final years as a repentant sinner. The odds that Zionist will one day accept the demonized Palestinians as their equal are pretty low.

  4. a blah chick
    April 21, 2013, 6:56 pm

    “And what’s all the fuss about? It’s about me declaring once more what is known to everyone: I as a mayor have acted decidedly and unequivocally, to preserve upper Nazareth as a Jewish city for ever and ever.”

    I hear you, Bro! What is with these people? You are doing nothing more than implementing the Zionist agenda which those hypocrites at Haaretz refuse to see! I am sure that if Mr BG were still alive he would be hailing you as a hero and pining a medal to your, no doubt, amble chest. You are doing what any good Zionist Jew should so, keeping that Zionist train rolling down the tracks and God help anyone standing in the way!

    Ben Dunkelman, wherever you are, this is your fault!

  5. DICKERSON3870
    April 21, 2013, 7:50 pm

    ● RE: Last week we posted the declaration from the mayor of Upper Nazareth, a largely-Jewish city outside Nazareth, that he would resist Palestinians moving into the city– because the “innocent belief in the message of coexistence… posed a grave danger to the very existence of a Jewish community in the Galilee.” Palestinians would drive Jews away, said Mayor Shimon Gafsou; “it is time to guard our house.” ~ Weiss

    CHARLES MONTGOMERY “MONTY” BURNS (OF SPRINGVILLE) SEZ:

    In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny . . . and I say . . . segregation today . . . segregation tomorrow . . . segregation forever.
    Oh . . . and I almost forgot . . . release the hounds, Smithers!

    ● ALABAMA GOVERNOR GEORGE WALLACE (1963 Inaugural Address ~ January 14, 1963 ~ Montgomery, Alabama):

    [EXCERPTS] . . . Today I have stood, where once Jefferson Davis stood, and took an oath to my people. It is very appropriate then that from this Cradle of the Confederacy, this very Heart of the Great Anglo-Saxon Southland, that today we sound the drum for freedom as have our generations of forebears before us done, time and time again through history. Let us rise to the call of freedom-loving blood that is in us and send our answer to the tyranny that clanks its chains upon the South. In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny . . . and I say . . . segregation today . . . segregation tomorrow . . . segregation forever. . .
    [snip]
    . . . Let us send this message back to Washington by our representatives who are with us today . . that from this day we are standing up, and the heel of tyranny does not fit the neck of an upright man . . . that we intend to take the offensive and carry our fight for freedom across the nation, wielding the balance of power we know we possess in the Southland . . . . that WE, not the insipid bloc of voters of some sections . . will determine in the next election who shall sit in the White House of these United States . . . That from this day, from this hour . . . from this minute . . . we give the word of a race of honor that we will tolerate their boot in our face no longer . . . . and let those certain judges put that in their opium pipes of power and smoke it for what it is worth.

    Hear me, Southerners! You sons and daughters who have moved north and west throughout this nation [THE SOUTHERN “DIASPORA” – J.L.D.] . . . . we call on you from your native soil to join with us in national support and vote . . and we know . . . wherever you are . . away from the hearths of the Southland . . . that you will respond, for though you may live in the fartherest reaches of this vast country . . . . your heart has never left Dixieland [“NEXT YEAR, DIXIELAND!” – J.L.D.] . . .

    SOURCE – link to archives.alabama.gov

    ● Wallace’s 1963 Inaugural Address @ Wikipedia – link to en.wikipedia.org
    ● George Wallace’s 1963 Inaugural Speech [full speech] – link to archives.alabama.gov
    ● George Wallace – Segregation forever.mp4 [VIDEO, 01:06] – link to youtube.com

  6. Sin Nombre
    April 21, 2013, 9:37 pm

    Phil Weiss wrote:

    “Upper Nazareth mayor calls for segregation ‘for ever and ever’”

    And meanwhile on the homefront we get treated in Salon to an ex-AIPAC staffer’s hope that the Boston bombers would have turned out to be white Americans in the course of an exegesis about how bad bad racists we white Americans are, generating a concerned response from a conservative jewish fellow making sure with the AIPAC’er to note that American jews of course aren’t members of that beyond disgusting category.

    link to salon.com

    link to salon.com

  7. DICKERSON3870
    April 21, 2013, 11:53 pm

    ● RE: Last week we posted the declaration from the mayor of Upper Nazareth, a largely-Jewish city outside Nazareth, that he would resist Palestinians moving into the city . . . I heard an echo of George Wallace’s famous line from 1963, “I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” .” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: It sounds as though Phil might be channeling Bill Berkowitz. Not that doing so is a bad thing! ! !

    SEE: “Hagee Invokes Memories of George Wallace, Bashes Obama at Christian Zionist Summit” ~ Bill Berkowitz, talk2action.org, 7/26/11

    [EXCERPT] Christians United for Israel, which claims some 700,000 members, and whose executive director says “represents the soul of the Tea Party,” recently concluded its sixth annual summit, which featured a satellite address by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and an energetic and spirited Glenn
    Beck.
    In what can only be considered a disastrous choice of words to sell a message of unwavering support for Israel, Pastor John Hagee, the founder of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), and the head of a multi-million dollar ministry, paraphrased Alabama’s segregationist Governor George C. Wallace when he told the assemblage of more than 5,000 at the close of the recent CUFI summit in Washington, D.C. that, “We gathered here with one message. Israel today, Israel tomorrow, and Israel forever.” . . .
    . . . According to Worthy News, Hagee “condemned President Obama’s suggestion that Israel revert to the 1967 borders to broker peace with its Arab neighbors.” Hagee declared that “President Obama has told Israel not to build homes in Jerusalem. He has no right or authority to tell the Jewish people what to do [But Hagee does? – J.L.D.].” . . .
    . . . “The Jewish people are not occupying the land of Israel, they own the land of Israel,” said Hagee. “America should never pressure Israel to give up land for peace, not for any reason, not to anyone, ever . . . If the US Administration forces Israel to divide Jerusalem, God will turn his back to the United States of America. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is watching*, America.” . . .
    *[I’m s…s…so s…sc…sc…sca…scared! ! ! – J.L.D. ]

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to talk2action.org

  8. piotr
    April 22, 2013, 8:32 am

    “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is watching, America.”

    Poor God. Shinto looks better and better.

  9. American
    April 22, 2013, 10:51 am

    Maybe the mayor subscribes to this view…..which makes these true believers basically like the KKK..the question is how much influence and power do they have in Israel….probably a lot more than the KKK has in the US.

    link to haaretz.com

    Ex-IDF top rabbi: Publishing discriminatory Jewish ruling was blunder

    Not every principle of Jewish religious law is of interest to the public, says Brig. Gen. (res.) Avichai Ronsky in relation to a new ruling according to which giving non-Jews equal rights in Israel contravenes the Torah.
    By Chaim Levinson | Apr.21, 2013 | 4:44 PM | 13
    It was a “blunder” to publish the army rabbinate’s ruling that giving non-Jews equal rights in the state contravenes Torah, and that mezuzahs should be put up on doors in army bases even if not all the soldiers are Jewish, said the former chief rabbi of the army in an interview with Army Radio on Wednesday.

    The ruling appeared in a book distributed among Israeli soldiers, which had been endorsed by the current chief rabbi of the IDF, Brig. Gen. Rabbi Rafi Peretz.

    Brigadier General (res.) Avichai Ronsky, former chief rabbi of the Israel Defense forces, was referring to a report in Haaretz about a book of Jewish law endorsed by the IDF rabbinate. He had asked his friends in the IDF rabbinate to send him the book, said Ronsky.

    One ruling on Jewish law in the book, “Laws of the Mezuzah,” states: “The idea that views non-Jews as having equal rights in the state goes against the opinion of the Torah, and no representative of the state is authorized to act against the will of the Torah.”

  10. Michael Levin
    April 22, 2013, 11:00 am

    Worth revisiting—
    Hafrada today, hafrada tomorrow, hafrada forever! (Party like it’s 1963)
    link to mondoweiss.net
    link to mondoweiss.net

  11. Ecru
    April 22, 2013, 4:38 pm

    Want to get an idea of Jewish life amongst the non-chosen? Don’t bother with Venice or Prague – visit the world’s largest ever ghetto, complete with huge walls, all the locked gates you could dream of and a blistering sense of eternal paranoia. Visit Israel. Visit the Ghetto State!

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