A shocking report from “John Brown,” an academic and blogger at +972:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finalized the formation of a new government this week when he signed a coalition agreement with far-right settler party Jewish Home. As part of the agreement, Rabbi [Eli] Ben-Dahan will be Israel’s next deputy defense minister, responsible for the army’s “Civil Administration.”
The Civil Administration is responsible for all aspects the occupation that don’t involve boots-on-the-ground security operations — it administers planning, building, and infrastructure for both Jews and Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank.
Brown offers these two quotes from Ben-Dahan:
“[Palestinians] are beasts, they are not human.” — MK Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, Aug 1, 2013. (Hebrew)
Israelis are right to be worried about MK Ayelet Shaked becoming the next justice minister, and Naftali Bennett the education minister. But try being a Palestinian in the West Bank, where the man in charge of administering your day-to-day life doesn’t even see you as a human being.
Question to the New York Times: Why isn’t this a story?
Question to American Zionists. Do you believe in the separation of church and state in the United States? Then why not in Israel and Palestine too?
Question to American liberal Zionists. At what point do Israeli actions cross a threshhold for you, and you say, I’m going to join the boycott movement because we need to put real pressure on that place to change?
PS. The Washington Post has followed our lead and done an excellent piece on the elevation of Ayelet Shaked to Justice Minister, focusing on her (genocidal) description of all Palestinians as enemies of Israel. Ishaan Tharor writes:
In July, in a controversial post on Facebook, the then-member of the Knesset posted the text of an article by the late Israeli writer Uri Elitzur that referred to Palestinian children as “little snakes” and appeared to justify the mass punishment of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation. The post has since been deleted, but an archived version remains.
I know that I failed to register the distinction between Shaked’s words in 2014 and Elitzur’s. She wrote before quoting from him: “This is an article by the late Uri Elitzur, which was written 12 years ago, but remained unpublished. It is as relevant today as it was at the time.”