Israeli teens dressed as KKK and in ‘black face’ for mock lynching at school Purim party

Purim carnival where Israeli teens dressed as members of the KKK and in black face for a mock lynching. (Photo: Mizbala)

Purim carnival where Israeli teens dressed as members of the KKK and in black face for a mock lynching. (Photo: Mizbala)

A group of Israeli high school boys dressed as members of the Ku Klux Klan and others in black face make up to stage a mock lynching for a class party for the Jewish holiday of Purim. Photographs of over a dozen teens from Harel High School in Mevasseret Zion, a cushy suburb west of Jerusalem, first surfaced a few days after the holiday, which functionally serves as Israel’s Halloween. In the photos some of the students are dressed in white robes and armed with a large wooden cross, while three others are in black face make up and afro-style wigs and kneeling as if their arms are shackled. The Israeli media outlet Mizbala screen grabbed the images from Facebook, which was then circulated on social media, creating a firestorm of backlash.

A day later Israel’s Channel 2 news followed up, and the school’s principal said she found nothing inappropriate about the youths’ dressing as white supremacists on the verge of a racially motivated vigilante murder. From the Times of Israel:

‘The costume created an interesting and important discussion,’ Rina Even-Tov said, according to Channel 2 News.

‘This act essentially created a platform for discussion, it is no different from a Nazi costume’ she concluded.

Purim carnival, students in KKK robes and black face in the background. (Photo: Harel High School/Flickr)

Purim carnival, students in KKK robes and black face in the background. (Photo: Harel High School/Flickr)

Purim carnival. KKK and black face costumed students in the left corner of the image. (Photo: Harel High School/Flickr)

Purim carnival. KKK and black face costumed students in the left corner of the image. (Photo: Harel High School/Flickr)

Indeed it seems permissiveness towards the students’ costumes was pervasive at Harel High. On the school’s Flickr page I found more images of the youngsters in their KKK gear, except in these they are posed with the students in black face using faux handcuffs, dragging them from the tail end of a wooden platform that the “klansmen” are carrying overhead. The photograph cuts out what’s above the platform, but from the shoes, pants and top—which are in frame—it looks like they are parading a student costumed as a caged African American.

Students dressed as KKK members at the center of the Harel High Purim party. (Photo: Harel High School/Flickr)

Students dressed as KKK members at the center of the Harel High Purim party. (Photo: Harel High School/Flickr)

In another photograph the robed boys are at the center of scores of teenagers in an outdoor class party, then later they were photographed indoors. It seems they wore the offending outfits throughout the day. Other images in the photo set show a different group of students dressed as settlers wearing orange shirts with the Hebrew slogan “Jews do not expel Jews!”

"Jews do not expel Jews!" (Photo: Harel High School/Flickr)

“Jews do not expel Jews!” (Photo: Harel High School/Flickr)

 

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  1. just says:

    omg. they are the present, and the future.

    doomed.

    “‘The costume created an interesting and important discussion,’ Rina Even-Tov said, according to Channel 2 News.”

    I can imagine the “discussion” Look at those happy, smiling, self-satisfied teens and read the words of their “principal”.

    yech.

    Meanwhile, in the US, universities are attempting to silence BDS and SJP.

    What a psychotic universe this Israel/US is.

    • Krauss says:

      The KKK costumes are appropriate. Even though we today we understand that the people in those kind of robes are low-class, the KKK was once a society for judges, politicians and businessmen. It was, in effect, the establishment.

      And the kids are just training for their eventual roles in the IDF where they are to subjugate the Palestinians.

      • Citizen says:

        @ Krauss
        In the USA, the KKK originated as a group of former Confederate soldiers who lost their basic civil rights as the result of radical Northern politics in the immediate aftermath of the US Civil War. The first Grand Wizard was a former highly successful Confederate cavalry officer.

        • Woody Tanaka says:

          “In the USA, the KKK originated as a group of former Confederate soldiers who lost their basic civil rights as the result of radical Northern politics in the immediate aftermath of the US Civil War.”

          Bullshit. The Klan began as a domestic terrorist organization bent on denying the Freedmen their rights, and in opposing the lawful attempts to return the hotbed of treason that was the South back into the union in good standing by stomping out the treasonous sentiment in that region. Sadly the Klan and its allies won, Reconstruction was never more than a slap on the wrist and the same Southerners that started the Civil War instituted the 100 year reign of terrorism known as Jim Crow.

    • ‘the costume…” but this sociopathic piece of shit educator strangely doesn’t think the jew/israeli terrorism and slaughter of native palestinians is a worthwhlie subject for discussion.
      i guess she/it has been able to psychologically cleanse it from its mind.

  2. btbLondon says:

    It is possible to see how in a history lesson such a re-enactment could be used – but with great care.

    This was not a pedagogic exercise it was a Purim prank.

    I despair of the teacher ‘‘This act essentially created a platform for discussion, it is no different from a Nazi costume’ she concluded.”

    Try to visualize the effect of Palestinian students dressing up as concentration camp guards humiliating Jewish inmates. I doubt anyone in Israel would try to describe that as a prompt for generating an interesting discussion.

    • just says:

      A “Purim prank” like this???:

      link to nytimes.com

      So freaking shameful.

    • amigo says:

      “Try to visualize the effect of Palestinian students dressing up as concentration camp guards humiliating Jewish inmates.”btb London

      These particular Jews are far enough removed from the Holocaust to not concern themselves with such ancient history.

      Nobody can ever touch Jews again.

      But I disagree. The zionists have done irreparable harm to Jews if you ask me.

    • it is no different from a Nazi costume’

      remember when drew barrymore’s ex husband tom green dressed up as a nazi party at steven spielberg’s house (or something)? rumor has it that went over like a lead brick. he had is show cancelled immediately.

      It’s not easy being Tom Green today. MTV has abruptly pulled the plug on The New Tom Green Show — just weeks after the music channel renewed the latenight talker for an additional 65 episodes. “Despite critical acclaim, [the show] was unfortunately unable to sustain the initial ratings success it enjoyed in its earlier weeks,” an MTV spokeswoman tells TV Guide Online. “Tom remains a part of the MTV family, and we look forward to working with him in the future.” MTV shouldn’t hold its breath: Sources say Green is already shopping the show elsewhere.

      link to tvguide.com

  3. pabelmont says:

    “Jews do not expel Jews.” But they do expel others. Well expressed.

    Look at the orange photo. In the UK version of the song, “With sun-shiny faces, we all know our places.” Our places are to expel, not to be expelled. How happy we are! Yea!

  4. Ellen says:

    Distressing….shocking. Tells much about the education system and socialization. The celebration or “satire” of inhumane evil treatment of other human beings.

    That the principal dismissed this as opening discussion says so much about her human disconnect and the education system she represents.

    Imagine if a bunch of High School students in Wisconsin dressed up as Nazi guards and acted out the internment and abuse of European Jews and the principal said she found nothing wrong with it and it opened an interesting and important discussion.

    This is all so horrible.

    • hophmi says:

      “Distressing….shocking. Tells much about the education system and socialization. The celebration or “satire” of inhumane evil treatment of other human beings.

      That the principal dismissed this as opening discussion says so much about her human disconnect and the education system she represents.”

      Or it says that she’s not an American, and she didn’t grow up learning about the history of the Ku Klux Klan, the lynching of blacks in the American South, and thus, does not fully understand why people would be offended. If you’re not from America, it’s not always easy to understand the sensitivities that come from an education in basic American History.

      • you’ll excuse anything hops. doesn’t it ever grind on your consciences?

      • a blah chick says:

        So Jewish Israeli kids, who grow up being taught that the whole world hates the Jews, never learned about the KKK? I find that hard to believe. Also look at the cross on that flag, someone had to do some research to get that right.

        • JeffB says:

          @a blah chick

          So Jewish Israeli kids, who grow up being taught that the whole world hates the Jews, never learned about the KKK? I find that hard to believe.

          Why do you find that hard to believe? America is not the center of the universe. Heck most American kids don’t know much about reconstruction and the southern resistance. If the there hadn’t been a resurgence of the KKK (the 3rd klan) during the civil rights movement tied to White Citizen’s Councils I wouldn’t be shocked if most American kids didn’t know much about it. I don’t understand why would you expect Israelis to?

          Pick just about any other country on the planet and look at their various terrorist / resistance organizations those with a very few exceptions are going to be a at best mentioned for a few brief minutes once during an American kid’s education. There are quite literally thousands of groups like the Klan historically.

          As for the focus on Jewish oppression the Klan doesn’t even make the top 100 in terms of Jewish history. The Klan was mostly focused on blacks and catholics. One of the reasons Jews did well in America is the anti-Semities mostly had targets they liked more. Yes they burned synagogues and wrote mean hateful things about Jews but far too many groups did (and do) that for Israelis to learn all of them. Then when you get to the violence there isn’t that much. Take lynchings the thing the Klan is most famous for:

          1st Klan lynched: S.A. Bierfield. There were lots of scalawags and the Klan intended to start murdering them semi-randomly. Bierfield’s being Jewish was probably seen as additionally insulting and so likely was the reason his local Klan chapter choose him as a target. But the Klan certainly killed plenty of Christians for doing what Bierfield did. Bierfield probably would have left once the Klan murders started but if he had stayed Jewish or not he would have died. Southern Jews never interpreted Bierfield as being particularly anti-Semetic. Bierfield’s selection for being lynched early in the revolt rather than being given the opportunity to run is however analogous to how liberal Zionists feel Israel because it is Jewish is being singled out for punishment.

          There was a lot of propaganda from the 1st Klan about how sex with Jews was still race mixing but really not that much violence. They didn’t kill mixed religious couples they way they would later go after mixed race couples. They seemed like they were mainly trying to educate their population with the common idea that Jews aren’t white even though they look white. Any Israeli who has no particular interest in America is going to want to read the original European authors for these ideas about how Jews spread racial contamination. Why study the 1st Klan for this?

          2nd Klan lynched: Albert Bettelheim and Leo Frank. Bettelheim was a convicted murder though we don’t know the motive of the Klan’s having killed him. Given that it was a completely isolated incident with no clear connection to the Jewish community, no reaction from the Jewish community and a fairly noxious target I don’t see any reason to assume anti-Semitism.

          Leo Frank is the more famous of the two and this was a huge national story. To start with Frank was being investigated for and had been convicted on somewhat flimsy evidence of a murder rape. The victim was a Jewish adolescent not a Christian women. The prosecution of Frank had Jewish community support. When Frank was commuted both Jews and Christians were upset. The Klan at this point was trying acting as a sort of secondary law enforcement in the Christian community. Had Frank and Mary Phagan been Christians the Klan lynching him would have almost expected. The Jewish community through had a total conniption over Frank’s lynching and after that there were no more Jewish lynchings. Given the victim and the fact that this was the last Jewish criminal lynched I think its entirely possible that the Klan actually thought they would have the Jewish community’s support in the Frank lynching. This entire incident may have been a misunderstanding.

          I suspect that Frank may only have become important because it happened right at the birth of film and so lots of people who had never seen a lynching saw one and freaked out. A huge number of Jews left Georgia over fear from the Frank lynching and many converted to Episcopalian Christianity from the fear. It was the Jewish community’s reaction not the actual lynching that made this news worthy. If the Klan’s purpose had been terrorism and not law enforcement, the lynching obviously worked so well in creating terror you would think the Klan would have kept it up. But they didn’t they stopped. I’m not an expert or Leo Frank, but it strikes me the evidence points to the fact that the single most famous anti-Semetic lynching in USA history may not even have been anti-Semetic at all.

          So certainly the Frank case is terrific in a movie of the week sense but as history why would Israelis learn about it? The historical case is too specific to the time and place. If you were going to study the Klan from a Jewish perspective, Frank is what you would study and most American Jews don’t even care anymore.

          3rd Klan of course did kill Jews but not lynch them. This was during a time when Jews were active in the civil rights movement. The violence against local Jews was constrained. So for example synagogue bombing for synagogues associated with civil rights were done when the synagogues were empty not full.

          ____

          If you get right down to it. Mostly the Klan didn’t want Jews participating on an equal footing with white Christians. They wanted them to occupy an intermediate spot in the racial hierarchy. Most of the Klan’s reaction came when Jewish moved into positions of state leadership in Georgia or Mississippi, but they never objected to Jews governing their own communities. So it would be acceptable for a state rep from a Jewish area to be Jewish but it would not be acceptable for that person to rise to a committee chair. Because the Jews were mostly up north and southern Jews didn’t object too much to the limitation there wasn’t that much friction.

          I could have picked other aspects like bombings or demonstrations and the Klan still doesn’t make the top 100. Heck BDS already has the Klan crushed by 2 orders of magnitude for number of anti-Jewish demonstrations. They aren’t interesting enough from a Jewish perspective. So no, I see no reason an Israeli should learn about them.

          • Citizen says:

            @ Jeff B

            You say: “Leo Frank is the more famous of the two and this was a huge national story. To start with Frank was being investigated for and had been convicted on somewhat flimsy evidence of a murder rape. The victim was a Jewish adolescent not a Christian women. ”
            Frank’s victim, Mary Phagan (June 1, 1899 – April 26, 1913) was born in Florence, Alabama, four months after her father William Joshua Phagan died of measles. She was born into a family of tenant farmers who had farmed in Alabama and Georgia for generations. And you say she was Jewish? LOL

            The KKK went after Frank, as they stated at the time, because they wanted to protect their own females from guys like Frank, whom they believed was not only a female defiler, but a carpet bagger/exploiter who was taking advantage of the radical Northern politicians’ laws that deprived former Confederate soldiers of basic civil rights.

            Let’s remember neither the North or the South were too happy about Jewish exploitation of the US Civil War. Grant issued a general order about this; it was not just a Southern observation after the war. The chief Confederate finance officer was a Jew.

          • Woody Tanaka says:

            Kinda disgusting but typical that in making his lame excuse for this teacher giving a pass to these evil kids, that JeffB measures what this educator could be expected to know, based solely on how opposed to Jews the Klan was, as if the only thing anyone can be expected to know is only those things that relate to one’s petty, parochial interests.

            Of course this argument is transparent nonsense and JeffB is simply pulling a hoppy: defending an israeli Jew, regardless of the merits, simply because that person is an Israeli Jew.

            And the proof of that no doubt lies in the reaction that the world’s Jews have when someplace in Asia opens a Hitler of Nazi themed restaurant. If there was any validity to Jeff’s excuse, those Jewish org,’s would simply say “oh, the Nazis weren’t in the top 100 of people threatening South East Asians, so of course we can’t expect them to know of the Nazis. Europe ad the Jews aren’t the center of the world, after all.”. But of course those Jewish groups don’t react that way because they understand that a fully mature person should be expected to have a sensitivity to all of these issues.

      • Woody Tanaka says:

        oh stfu. Of course you defends the indefensible: The woman’s a Jew and you’re a man on a mission to posit a defense for anyone, regardless of the facts or the merits, so long as the accused is Jewish or israel.

        No one in their right mind could believe that horseshit you’re peddling. These little racist jerkoffs held a mock lynching and dressed in blackface!! It doesn’t take and special sensitivity to recognize the wrongness there.

        so piss off with your lame excuses for racism.

      • Ellen says:

        Omg, give me a friggin’ break. hoppy says it is not easy to understand the sensitivities that come with a basic index standing of American history.

        Hello…..how about basic humanity! We had kids dressed as KKK racist pigs hovering over “black face” in shackels short before a lynching.

        No need to understand any history anywhere, anytime to be disgusted by that.

        You now disgust me.

        • “You now disgust me.”
          Better late than never, Ellen. He’s been vomit inducing for quite some time mind you.

        • As the pogrom against African asylum seekers in South Tel Aviv demonstrated, white racism is very common among “white” Israeli Jews. There is therefore good reason to suspect that the “pranksters” identified with the KKK. They were probably unaware that the KKK were also anti-Semites; whether knowing that would have changed their outlook is an interesting question.

          • Ellen says:

            Actually some of the founders of the KKK were well positioned Jewish families of the south. It was not an anti Jewish group, but simply angry white men suffering under the reconstruction. Targets of the anger were northerners, blacks and Catholics.

        • Citizen says:

          @ Ellen
          Many Jews rightfully ask the US (98% Gentile) education system to tell all American kids about the Shoah, and that system sure does that to the nines (although it says nothing about the Nakba), and yet if one says Israeli kids should learn about US KKK history, that’s just too much to ask?

      • just says:

        Um, I wonder how many of those kute, kushy kids are actually of US roots…….

        I’m betting more than a few are. They know the KKK.

        From the article we learn: “Photographs of over a dozen teens from Harel High School in Mevasseret Zion, a cushy suburb west of Jerusalem…” You gotta have the bucks/ shekels to live in kushyland.

      • eljay says:

        >> If you’re not from America, it’s not always easy to understand the sensitivities that come from an education in basic American History.

        Congratulations, hophmeee, you’ve achieved a new level of hatefulness and bullshit.

        If this were a story about Arabs who didn’t receive an education in basic Jewish / Holocaust History, you’d be screaming “anti-Semitism!” like a f*cking banshee.

        But because some supremacist Jews in your supremacist “Jewish State” dress up like white supremacists and engage in mock lynchings for a giggle, the best you can do is excuse and justify their behaviour.

  5. amigo says:

    ‘This act essentially created a platform for discussion, it is no different from a Nazi costume’ she concluded.” principal

    Hellllooo. Zionists and Jews are the first to whip up a global frenzy if any non Jew mimics in any way “Nazi ” signs or uniforms or culture.

    Bloody hypocrite and she is what informs Jewish Children.

    No wonder Israel is f—-d.

  6. amigo says:

    Remember the drubbing Prince Harry, or was it William who showed up at a fancy dress Party in Nazi Uniform.

    Wow, were the phones hopping in the UK when all those highly insulted Jews made clear their views on such behaviour.

    Don,t do as I do, do as I tell you.

    Hypocrites.

    I wonder what the mehanes and hoppies of the world will say in defense of this racist bigoted behavior.

    • hophmi says:

      “Remember the drubbing Prince Harry, or was it William who showed up at a fancy dress Party in Nazi Uniform.”

      Yeah. Nobody asserted that because Prince Harry dressed up in a Nazi uniform, that the entire royal family or the entirety of Great Britain loved Nazis.

      You’re the hypocrite.

      • adele says:

        Hophmi,
        according to a Ha’aretz article from 2005 wrt Prince Harry’s choice of costume (link to haaretz.com): “Jewish groups have demanded Harry, who is Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, make a symbolic visit to the Auschwitz death camp to atone for his mistake…”

        Perhaps African-Americans should make a similar demand of the Israeli students who dressed up as the KKK. The students could be asked to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in D.C. as an act of atonement to acknowledge how their chosen costumes may cause pain to the people who suffered from the KKK’s acts of violence.

      • Citizen says:

        @ hophmi

        Prince Harry was one person. This was a whole group of Jewish kids who live in Israel, in a posh area. Get it?

      • Cliff says:

        hoppy said:

        You’re the hypocrite.

        No, you’re the hypocrite. Ignorant and deluded in your Zionist bubble as usual.

        link to theguardian.com

        The episode also served to stir ugly memories of the royal family’s links with the Nazi regime. King Edward VIII, Harry’s great-great uncle, was a Nazi sympathiser, while Princess Michael of Kent’s father was a Nazi party member.

        Some also raised concerns about the Prince of Wales’s ability to control his children.

        Dickie Arbiter, a former Buckingham Palace spokesman, said Prince Charles lacked the “right discipline” over his sons. “If there were checks he wouldn’t be allowed to go on like that,” he said.

        link to news.bbc.co.uk

        The Board of Deputies of British Jews said the costume was in “bad taste”.

        But they were “pleased” he had apologised for the incident.

        “It was clearly in bad taste, especially in the run-up to holocaust memorial day on the 27th of this month, which the Royal Family will be taking a leading role in commemorating.”

        Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, of the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain, said: “The fact that the palace has issued an apology indicates that this was a mistake by the prince.

        “But having been given, the apology should now be accepted.”

        link to washingtonpost.com

        Members of the Jewish community were stunned. Greville Janner, a member of the House of Lords and former president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, called Harry’s behavior “stupid, thoughtless, tactless.” The headline on a hastily penned editorial for Friday’s weekly Jewish Chronicle reads: “Mind Boggling.”

        “People are genuinely surprised and offended,” said the Chronicle’s editor, Ned Temko. “The instinct always among the leadership of the Jewish community is ‘Don’t make a federal case out of it.’ Some people will excuse him by saying he’s just 20, but he is, after all, part of an institution seen as embodying what it is to be British.”

        link to people.com,,1017161,00.html

        Despite Harry’s words, Jewish groups, politicians and royalwatchers have roundly condemned the younger son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana for his insensitivity in the first place.

        Labour Party MP and former armed forces minister Doug Henderson said the incident “disqualifies Prince Harry from Sandhurst” military academy, where he is set to go in May. Henderson told the BBC: “I think that would offend an awful lot of people who fought in the Second World War and relatives who lost people in that war.”

        The Board of Deputies of British Jews, saying it “is pleased that he’s apologized for … his ill-judged actions,” stated, “We would now want to concentrate on ensuring that everyone understands the evils and enormity of the Holocaust, and the resonance of the swastika, not only to the Jewish community, but to all in the United Kingdom affected by the Second World War against the Nazis.”

        Blah blah blah.

        When Prince Harry dressed up as a Nazi – he was called out on it by the Jewish community in the UK (who expected an apology).

        Tell me hoppy, what mainstream Jewish organization is calling for these Jewish Israelis to apologize?

        After all, Prince Harry is one person. He’s dressing up as a Nazi too, not an Auschwitz death camp prisoner – which is a completely different level.

        In this case, you have a bunch of people – teenagers and kids – dressing up in these disgusting costumes. Their principal is justifying it too.

        So tell us non-Jews why you cultists get to mock other peoples’ suffering.

        I’m sure you’ll have a great reason canned from Zion Central.

    • Ecru says:

      @ amigo

      I’m not sure Zionist Jews are actually hypocrites considering they firmly believe (funnily enough just like the folks they dressed up as) that they are not only the superiors to everyone else on the planet but also that they should rule over everyone else too. As such the double standard is in fact a single one – the rules are for everyone else. Just take a look at any random post of Hoppy, Mayhem or any of the rest and it’s obvious.

  7. American says:

    Exactly what ‘discussion’ was this KKK display suppose to start?
    I don’t get it.

    Were these KKK robed students protesting the expelling of Africians or endorsing it?
    Not really clear to me.

    • puppies says:

      @American – Let the kiddies express their inner self uncensored.
      So we may see more clearly who the enemy is.

    • a blah chick says:

      The Times of Israel quoting two of the students. One said he had “no regrets” over his costume. The other claimed “that the the incident was of no more consequence than choosing to dress up as Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.” To them it was a goof, just having fun.

      You’ll be happy to know that Stormfront gave them a shout out.

    • lysias says:

      As for the meaning of this stunt, hint: it happened on Purim. Somehow I don’t think this was meant to criticize the KKK.

      • Citizen says:

        Purim is a lesser Jewish festival held in spring (on the 14th or 15th day of Adar) to commemorate the defeat of Haman’s plot to massacre the Jews as recorded in the book of Esther. How did this become the Jewish Halloween?

        Origin of Halloween: link to albany.edu

        • lysias says:

          Correction: Haman’s alleged, probably fictional plot to massacre the Jews as alleged in the work of fiction known as the Book of Esther.

          In fact, no ancient people was friendlier to the Hebrews than the Persians.

          • Citizen says:

            @ lyssas

            Perish the thought some well-regarded Jewish Historians focus only on Jewish victims devoid of larger historical context of victimhood. Why else would we have 200 Years Together not published in English despite the fact every other book by the author has been praised in the West?

  8. Cliff says:

    It really pays to be Jewish in the 21st century.

    You get to be an insufferable racist asshole, steal the homeland of another people, silence any and all critics as antisemitic because your ‘people’ comprise a significant portion of the mainstream intellectual vanguard AND when you’re confronted with about your hatefulness, you can just say you were ‘defending yourself’ or felt ‘threatened’ or ‘just asking questions.’

    We all live in a bubble, but these young kids are living in delusion.

    If they wear Black-face, is it ok for all us non-Jews to wear Jew-face??

    Perhaps that Zionist troll here who claimed to be half Black and chime in and tell us its all good.

    • itsmeak says:

      Israelis tell their kids about the jewish holocaust and other pogroms but they forgot to tell them about how Klan members want Jews dead as well? That’s funny. I hope John Galliano comes back with a company or starts up with somebody else’s company that makes Dior obsolete as Hell. Stop showing up yourselves by working doubly hard to put Galliano’s comments in a good light, Israeli children!

  9. Out of all the myriad of costumes and historical events you could have chosen for a fancy dress party, an institution lets/encourages kids to choose this one. Why, one wonders, are they so focussed on this or the apparently equally useful option Nazis? Is their obsession with ‘race’ and ‘racial differences’ so pronounced, so central to their institutions, education and society (and thus their identity) that they automatically opt for segregationist stories (and their inherent violence and degradation) as their preferred mode of disguise? Because it certainly seems that way, and camouflaging this unhealthy obsession with claims of educational merit are flimsy and unconvincing, to say the least. The psychological health of Israel is open to doubt, and this is just some more evidence of it.
    On another level, the lack of self-awareness it displays is staggering. Crass, ignorant, stupid and self-defeating, blissfully unaware of what this, and their own blithe response, says about them to the outside world.

  10. RE: “A group of Israeli high school boys dressed as members of the Ku Klux Klan and others in black face make up to stage a mock lynching for a class party for the Jewish holiday of Purim.” ~ Allison Deger

    MY COMMENT: This incident reminds me of a Purim photo I saw on an Israeli blog several years ago. The photo was of three individuals on a city street (Tel Aviv, I think) dressed in their Purim costumes and proudly ‘aping’ for the camera. The three were attired in pristine, white, hooded, KKK robes and regalia. Their faces were fully covered except for two small holes for their eyes. Their robes were even adorned with ornate cross patches that looked to me like the official KKK insignia.

    FOR ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF KKK-TYPE PURIM FUN, SEE: “Dear Congress: What the Purim video reveals about the racism embedded in the Israeli state structure”, by Scott McConnell, Mondoweiss, 3/12/10
    This is about a ninety second video of Israeli settlers holding a Purim Party in East Jerusalem. In it, the settlers are singing a song of praise for Baruch Goldstein, the American born Jewish doctor who shot and killed twenty-nine Palestinian worshipers in Hebron in 1994.
    “Dr. Goldstein, Dr. Goldstein” their song goes, “Everybody loves you.”
    Link – link to mondoweiss.net

  11. hophmi says:

    It’s f*cked up, and was criticized throughout the Jewish world, as it should have been, but I’m not exactly sure why you would expect Israelis to fully comprehend the ramifications of doing something like this as if they were American kids. Are you asserting that Israelis love the KKK?

    • Ecru says:

      @ Hoppy

      One I don’t believe your condemnation is real – given your post history white hoods are probably your idea of evening wear and two – Israeli kids don’t understand the ramification of dressing as the KKK but know enough to get the cross on a red field right, know enough to get the badges right?

      I’m Irish and I knew as a kid the ramifications of dressing as a KKKer or a Nazi. I have friends from all over the world who know this and whose children know this so please explain, while you try and make excuses for these brats and their school, how thugs in training from Israel, so closely tied to the USA, don’t.

      You really are a truly despicable excuse for a human being.

    • Cliff says:

      There was no meaningful criticism. If the principal doesn’t give a **** then the kids won’t.

      Plus, the only criticism that matters is one that makes these kids feel ashamed of themselves for doing this.

      And NO one has said anything to make them feel that way. IF this story was picked up by the MSM, or even a local affiliate then MAYBE.

      But if it’s just ‘the Jewish world’ (LOL), then it won’t do ****.

      Yes, Israelis apparently love the KKK.

      I don’t understand why White Nationalists and neo-Nazis hate Jews so much. They could live out their racist supremacist fantasies if they converted to Zionism. They could lord over non-Jews in Israel/Palestine.

      Kill them with impunity. Abuse them. Be as racist as they want AND no one will do anything about it.

      And American Jews like you will whitewash/divert attention away from their actions! (Like you did here when you say ‘do you expect Israelis to fully blah blah blah’).

      You’re ****ing disgusting, hoppy.

    • Balfour says:

      Hophmi, if Palestinian Christian youth chose to dress up as concentration camp survivors for Eid il-Burbara would your reaction be as measured and understanding? If not, why not?

    • American says:

      ‘but I’m not exactly sure why you would expect Israelis to fully comprehend the ramifications of doing something like this as if they were American kids. Are you asserting that Israelis love the KKK’…..hoppie

      Duh…..if they chose the KKK as their costumes then they ‘fully understood” what the KKK was all about.

    • adele says:

      But surely HasbaraHophmi,
      if the “kids” didn’t know then their parents/teachers/school should have stepped in to explain the ramifications of their choice of costume, and the history which it is associated with, no? These poor kids have been morally failed by their state, their institutions and the adults in their lives.

    • eljay says:

      >> … I’m not exactly sure why you would expect Israelis to fully comprehend the ramifications of doing something like this as if they were American kids.

      Are you really suggesting that Israeli teenagers are so incredibly stupid that they cannot comprehend that dressing up as white supremacists and publicly staging a mock lynching of other teenagers in black-face is a bad idea? Seriously?

      If some American kids dressed up as “Arab” suicide bombers and staged a mock bombing of an Israeli pizzeria, you wouldn’t accept some weak, bullshit excuse like “I’m not exactly sure why you would expect Americans to fully comprehend the ramifications of doing something like this as if they were Israeli kids.”

      But here you are – hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist hypocrite that you are – bending over backwards to excuse the hateful and immoral actions of your co-collectivists.

      • If some American kids dressed up as “Arab” suicide bombers and staged a mock bombing of an Israeli pizzeria

        or what about appropriately attired faux jewish settlers (complete w/prayer regalia) staging a pogrom against palestinian villagers, writing ‘death to arabs’ graffiti all over the classroom while bearing assault rifles and clubs. i bet that would go over well in american schools/not.

  12. weareone says:

    This should come as no surprise to anyone on reads this site, because most seem to understand the difference between zionism and Judaism. All true religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam and all others, have at their core a set of moral values and ethical principles. Zionism is the antithesis of Judaism.. It make a mockery of, and demonstrates contempt for, moral values and ethical principles. Israel was created by, and sustains itself by , the use of brutal force, merciless tyranny and hatred. This is what these young people have been brainwashed, since birth, to believe. This is the essence of zionism and they are it’s face, but thankfully the world is beginning to express something very different-compassion. If they are able, they will learn. If not, they will self-destruct with hatred.

  13. Woody Tanaka says:

    Typical disgusting racist israelis. The fact that these people thought it was okay shows the racist corruption at the heart of that state; the fact that they weren’t summarily kicked out of the school is proof of that corruption.

  14. a blah chick says:

    ‘The costume created an interesting and important discussion,’ Rina Even-Tov said, according to Channel 2 News.” Oh, please, do tell us how that discussion went!

    When I saw those little s–t heads in their robes and black face I could barely contain my outrage. My parents grew up in a segregated South so the KKK is not something from ancient history. My grandmother once told me about how her stepfather was killed by night riders. If it were to me I’d grab each one of those brats, tie them to a chair and force them to watch picture after picture of Southern lynchings. Would that bring them to their senses? I don’t know but I’d feel a lot better.

    And now I shall take a breath and ask a question that has been on my mind for a time: when did Purim become the Jewish halloween?

    • Ecru says:

      @ a blah chick

      “If it were to me I’d grab each one of those brats, tie them to a chair and force them to watch picture after picture of Southern lynchings.”

      I’m afraid that would probably just get them off. Also for the sake of the few Africans who’ve made it to that moral cesspit of a nation, probably best not to give these scum any more ideas.

    • Ellen says:

      A blah chick,I spent much of my early childhood in the southern Tidewater and have strong memories of the KKK Friday night meeting announcement posters. And once, when attending Mass on an early Sunday, the burning the church rectory and grounds by the KKK. They really hate Catholics as foreign, “liberal” and I guess it is taught.

      They were ignored as insane clowns. And that was that as I remember.

    • Ellen says:

      Purim was never Halloween. And the Journalist Is completely ignorant to make the comparison.

      All Hallows Eve has Celtic pagan origins to mark seasonal changes, the coming of winter death. Spiritual. It was adopted (like many pagan rituals) by Christianity.

      Soul, soul, an apple or two,
      If you haven’t an apple, a pear will do,
      One for Peter, two for Paul,
      Three for the Man Who made us all.

      Nothing to to with conflicts among peoples in Persia.

      • Masquerades, drunkenness, parties with lots of food, Purim is similar to Mardi Gras at the same time of the year, but since Halloween and its masks is the closest thing in America, the comparison is made to Halloween. The story of Esther has its dark side and those who oppose the violence celebrated in the story might wish to relegate the book to the ash heap. I hear you. But the Jews will still need a holiday of masks and drunkenness and Purim will remain that holiday, despite your dislike for the book of Esther and the holiday’s violent origins.

        • Ecru says:

          I could almost give one kid a pass for dressing as a KKKer, but a whole group complete with banners and others in black face and in chains? That’s not a costume – that’s a message.

          You see there is a difference Yonah, although I understand why you don’t want to admit it, generally Halloween masks and costumes are based on imaginary horror, or horror so distant in time that it’s almost become fictionalised (Vlad Tepes for example) NOT on real, absolute evil that people living have experienced. I’ve yet to attend a Halloween bash and see ANYONE dressed as a KKKer or as a Nazi for example. And I’ve been to a LOT of Samhain bashes.

          But then the people I mix with are decent moral human beings. Not Zionists.

        • RoHa says:

          “But the Jews will still need a holiday of masks and drunkenness”

          Why?

        • just says:

          “But the Jews will still need a holiday of masks and drunkenness and Purim will remain that holiday”

          Why do the ‘Jews’ need this? Why?

          Every day, Israel acts in a debauched way– on holiday wearing a mask of ‘democracy’ that does not hide its Apartheid. The IOF kills with less than sober impunity. Israel is in need of a serious 12 step program. Its settlers steal land and resources and then crow with delight over their excesses and treasure and their perceived entitlement.

        • Cliff says:

          Nice circular logic from Wondering Jew, chief resident Head Jew at Mondoweiss, here to tell us heathens what his hive-mind is all about.

          You know what’s funny?

          I recall both Wondering Jew (and unfortunately Max Blumenthal, albeit in a totally different context so he’s not at fault here like WJ) refer to Judaism as an evolutionary survival tactic.

          JUST LIKE Kevin MacDonald (darling of White Nationalists and the far-right).

          Wondering Jew called Judaism a ‘corporation’. I think there’s truth in these ideas – whether it be from a settler Zionist like WJ or an antisemite like Kevin MacDonald or an anti-Zionist progressive like MB.

          That being said, it’s context and tone is clearly different when it’s coming from a cult member of Zionism, lecturing us non-members about how a ‘corporate’ practice will continue unabated, ‘just cause’.

          Thanks for being the antisemitic gift that keeps on giving, WJ.

          Consider all your bullshit whining and be THANKFUL that MW and it’s commentators are nothing like what you describe us as. Go to Stormfront and be as honest as you are here and read and weep.

        • eljay says:

          >> But the Jews will still need a holiday of masks and drunkenness and Purim will remain that holiday …

          Why do “the Jews” need a holiday of masks and drunkenness?

          Is the holiday open to anyone – the way Mardi Gras and Hallowe’en are – or is it just for “the Jews”?

          And is it acceptable to act out any form of violence, injustice and immorality during this holiday, or should the acting out be restricted to violence, injustice and immorality committed against non-Jews (such as lynchings)?

        • Ellen says:

          Seasonal holidays have their origins in “heathen” culture, the natural world. The stories around them were created to rid the seasonal celebrations of Paganism, to re package. But they really are universal and shared by all.

          Just a thought worth exploring: why is it that The Jewish packaged religious seasonal holiday stories are about conflict and self?

          • Citizen says:

            @ Ellen
            Jewish joke about what all Jewish holidays celebrate: “They tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat!”

          • just says:

            A worthy exploration indeed, Ellen.

          • RoHa says:

            “why is it that The Jewish packaged religious seasonal holiday stories are about conflict and self?”

            How many of them are about conflict and the tribe? Purim and Passover certainly contrast strongly with the main Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter. Both of those are about God opening up the way for salvation for all mankind, not about some little tribal survival or success story.

      • RoHa says:

        C’mon, Ellen. Halloween was invented in Israel, like everything else.

        • I get it: Jewish holidays if they are for Jews only are therefore bad, regardless of the content. Judaism is only for Jews, therefore it is essentially bad too, regardless of content. I get it. Christianity good because it’s universal. Islam is good because it’s universal. Judaism is bad because it’s not universal.

          I would note, that in the day of Jesus, Judaism was into finding converts and therefore was universal. But after the destruction of the temple the rabbis cut back on the outreach aspect and hunkered down. But history is bad, if it’s not universal. So I apologize for introducing history.

  15. Kris says:

    Purim is a holiday that celebrates how Jews in the 4th century BCE were delivered from slaughter, and then themselves slaughtered other people whom they said were their enemies. It is like the story of the present day Israelis. Maybe that’s why these Israeli kids are unbalanced enough to act out in this way.

    link to chabad.org
    The Persian empire of the 4th century BCE extended over 127 lands, and all the Jews were its subjects. When King Ahasuerus had his wife, Queen Vashti, executed for failing to follow his orders, he orchestrated a beauty pageant to find a new queen. A Jewish girl, Esther, found favor in his eyes and became the new queen—though she refused to divulge the identity of her nationality.

    Meanwhile, the anti-Semitic Haman was appointed prime minister of the empire. Mordechai, the leader of the Jews (and Esther’s cousin), defied the king’s orders and refused to bow to Haman. Haman was incensed, and convinced the king to issue a decree ordering the extermination of all the Jews on the 13th of Adar—a date chosen by a lottery Haman made.

    Mordechai galvanized all the Jews, convincing them to repent, fast and pray to G‑d. Meanwhile, Esther asked the king and Haman to join her for a feast. At the feast, Esther revealed to the king her Jewish identity. Haman was hanged, Mordechai was appointed prime minister in his stead, and a new decree was issued—granting the Jews the right to defend themselves against their enemies.

    On the 13th of Adar, the Jews mobilized and killed many of their enemies. On the 14th of Adar, they rested and celebrated.

  16. Jan says:

    I wonder how many of our black legislators who fawn all over Israel would like seeing these photos? I wonder if they realize the depth of racism against blacks in Israel as has been illustrated by attacks against black immigrants and by rallies in which the deep racism pours from the hearts and mouths of Israeli Jews. If anyone reading this has a member of Congress who is African American perhaps they should give their legislator a call and clue him/her in.

  17. MHughes976 says:

    It’s not clear to me either, though I might guess that the idea is that the KKK are or are among the modern Amalekites who deserve to be smitten.

  18. I have to say this is a symptom of how little the suffering of others matters to Israeli Jews. I wrote to my sister in law in Israel who is herself a teacher and asked how Israel or Jewish communities around the world would have reacted if a bunch of high schools kids somewhere dressed in SS uniforms and simulated the murder of Jews, just for laughs… Can you imagine the outcry from Israel and Jewish communities around the world? We would never have heard the end of it, and quite right too.

    But in Israel the education system and society in general highlight predominantly the suffering of Jews, and children are not educated to develop sensitivity or concern for the suffering of anyone else. The message there is that no suffering of anyone is as bad as that of the Jews historically or even now!

    I don’t think that this highly inappropriate and deeply offensive stunt appears in isolation from Israel’s outrageous and open racism against African asylum seekers in recent years. Purim in Israel is a festival of laughs and entertainment (it shouldn’t be as it celebrates a mass murder but that’s for another time), and I know this was done because the students thought it was funny. This is beyond disgraceful.

    Just out of curiosity I wonder if Obama would have anything to say about this…

    • a blah chick says:

      “Just out of curiosity I wonder if Obama would have anything to say about this…”

      From my admittedly brief searches on the intertubes I could not find evidence that any so-called “leaders” weighed in about the incident. True the antics of a bunch of boneheaded teens should not cause major comment but compare this incident with the hysteria over those students at Bir Zeit and their alleged Nazi salute. Everyone seemed to have an opinion on that.

  19. W.Jones says:

    How many of the Purim customs go back to the B.C. period?

  20. Balfour says:

    And this is what U.S. tax dollars are forced to make Aliyah for. Sick. Just sick.

  21. RE: “Israeli teens dressed as KKK and in ‘black face’ for mock lynching at school Purim party”

    FOR A NICE EXAMPLE OF WHAT THESE ISRAELI TEENS ARE MAKING LIGHT OF, SEE THIS FROM WIKIPEDIA [J.B. Stoner]:

    (EXCERPTS) Jesse Benjamin “J.B.” Stoner (April 13, 1924 – April 23, 2005) was an American segregationist who was convicted in 1980 of the bombing in 1958 of the Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.[1]
    He was a founder and long-time chairman of the National States’ Rights Party and publisher of its newsletter, “The Thunderbolt”. Stoner unsuccessfully attempted to run as a Democrat for several political offices in order to promote his white supremacist agenda. . .
    . . . Stoner earned a law degree, and served as the attorney for James Earl Ray . . .
    . . . Stoner once said that “being a Jew [should] be a crime punishable by death”.[1] He ran the National States’ Rights Party, which attracted such fringe political figures as A. Roswell Thompson, a perennial Democratic candidate for governor of Louisiana and mayor of New Orleans. . .
    . . . Stoner ran for governor of Georgia in 1970. During this campaign, where he called himself the “candidate of love”, he described Hitler as “too moderate,” black people as an extension of the ape family, and Jews as “vipers of hell.”[1] The primary was won by civil rights supporter and future President Jimmy Carter. Stoner then ran for the United States Senate in 1972, finishing fifth in the Democratic Party primary with just over 40,000 votes. The nomination and election went to Sam Nunn.
    During his Senate campaign, the FCC ruled that television stations had to play his ads due to the fairness doctrine.
    His ads included the word “ni**er.” . . .

    SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

    ● P.S. PHOTOS OF J.B. STONER:
    Stoner as chairman of the National States’ Rights Party
    “Don’t Tread on Me”, St. Augustine, FL (1964)
    “I thank God all the time for AIDS”

  22. ToivoS says:

    This sentence by the school administrator puzzled me: ‘This act essentially created a platform for discussion, it is no different from a Nazi costume’

    Do Israelis find it acceptable to dress up as Nazis during Purim? Sort of like Christians in the west dressing up in satanic costumes on Halloween, maybe?

  23. itsmeak says:

    Who’s gonna do the mock concentration camp scene? John Galliano and the Lebanese teens in Hezbollah? But who will play Schindler and Amon Goeth? Hmmm…

  24. “Jews do not expel Jews!”
    No they don’t. “Arabs” only qualify.

  25. Malachi says:

    Everyone should look at this article carefully. Not just the picture of the boys who did this….but all the other people laughing and obviously feeling there was nothing wrong with it. What are they teaching in Isreal? I would never be caught taking smiling pictures with my friends with people dressed as Nazis and reenacting the Holocaust in the background. Teach your children better. Never forget the thousands of black lives lost in the forest of the Arden and over the skies of Europe fighting the Nazis. Or even further back in history when Jerusalem and the Jewish faith was saved from the Assyrians by an army of Nubian bowmen. Teach your children better. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael (all of whom were Africans) I’m sure does not approve. Perhaps if these students knew this they would be as appalled by this as the rest of us are.