Racism in Arad: Mayor declares southern Israeli town off-limits to Africans

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In Israel’s war on African refugees, high-ranking government officials play the role of generals, but local leaders fulfill the function of lieutenants.

On August 11, 2015, Israel’s High Court ruled that 1,200 non-Jewish African asylum-seekers must be released from the Holot desert detention center which the Netanyahu government had rounded them into. The reason for the decision: the asylum-seekers had already been held there for over a year, and to remain behind barbed wire for any longer would unduly diminish their dignity – even by Israel’s decreased standards for non-Jewish, non-white non-citizens.

Two weeks later, a day before the deadline imposed by the High Court, Israel began to release the 1,200 asylum-seekers, giving each of them only bus fare of 64 shekels ($16 USD) and conditional release visas forbidding them from working or living in the Israeli cities with the largest African communities: Tel Aviv and Eilat.

On August 25, 2015, as the asylum-seekers began to make their way across the country hoping to find gainful means of employment and living accommodations, Arad mayor Nissan Ben-Hamo announced on his Facebook page that he had ordered local law enforcement to post officers at the entrance to town and to prevent any Africans from entering Arad.

Ben-Hamo’s efforts were largely successful; only a handful of asylum-seekers managed to make it into Arad over the course of the day.

As the sun began to set, Mondoweiss travelled to Arad to interview local residents and ask them what they thought of their mayor’s announcement. Of all the people willing to speak their mind on camera, only one person expressed support for the asylum-seekers – and that person was a Palestinian citizen of Israel.

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  1. Chu
    September 8, 2015, 11:55 am

    Israelis seem to have it so tough. If only the world could understand the crux of their ethnocentric nature. ~ The more Israel develops in this new century, the less likely the concept of a democratic state seems. It is as if the ‘democracy idea’ became a set of abandoned training wheels.

    And they are still working at destroying the Al Aqsa Mosque, albeit a very slow effort. It adds up to one big mess that even US political stooges can’t embrace.

    • Jackdaw
      September 9, 2015, 12:17 am

      “And they are still working at destroying the Al Aqsa Mosque, albeit a very slow effort ”

      Yes. We are building tunnels to undermine the foundations.
      Shhh…we only work at night so no one can hear our pickaxes.

      • Chu
        September 9, 2015, 9:52 am

        In 1980, Shin Bet put a stop to that plan when the crazy settlers tried to blow up
        The Dome of the Rock. Now it’s part Government and Settlers that are causing
        above ground agitation. Like the West Bank -slowly they chip away at The Dome.

        Why do you think Israel wants to build a third temple so badly there? Is this the major
        prize – the crown jewel for Israelis to legitimize their existence? What’s your take on the issue?

      • K Renner
        September 9, 2015, 3:57 pm

        A good reason not to take you at all seriously: you respond to any issue like that one with heavy insinuations of “you’re anti-Semitic” and otherwise try to turn an existing issue into some kind of farce.

        There are Jews who think that Jerusalem is only for Jews. There are Jews who would like to tear down the dome of the rock and al-Aqsa.

        Saying as much isn’t saying that they’re tunneling under to blow it up as we speak, you dolt.

    • weiss
      September 9, 2015, 2:26 am

      Yes it is quite a mess ;(((

      Jim Crow is alive and well in Israel.

      Next up “Arab Only” water fountains and bathrooms…

      And the orthodox extremists have already forced women to sit in the back of the bus because they can’t control their primal sexual urges…

      This is what regressive Apartheid looks like …

  2. John O
    September 8, 2015, 12:40 pm

    And heaven forfend that any Syrians, desperate to escape the civil war in their country, might cross the border (wherever that is) into Israel.

    • Jackdaw
      September 9, 2015, 12:15 am

      Israels hospitals have already been saving the lives of thousands of Syrian fighters and civilians who have been injured in their civil war.

      Isn’t that enough?

      What country are you from, John, that’s been more generous?

      • amigo
        September 9, 2015, 11:01 am

        “Israels hospitals have already been saving the lives of thousands of Syrian fighters and civilians who have been injured in their civil war. -” cracked jaw.

        Link please and don,t forget to include the ones that mention the fact that many of the fighters and civilians are ISIS.

      • TdBerg
        September 9, 2015, 11:19 am

        Nice attempt at deflection. Epic Fail.

      • K Renner
        September 9, 2015, 4:04 pm

        ” Israels hospitals have already been saving the lives of thousands of Syrian fighters and civilians who have been injured in their civil war. ”

        I heard that it was more like a few hundreds, and with the obligatory hasbarat PR types trumpeting the admission of wounded into hospitals as some kind of exceptional feat worthy of eternal praise.

        Nutty recently said that the so-called “Jewish state” wouldn’t take in any “infiltrators”, that is to say refugees of the fighting from Syria.

        So benevolent, so generous.

        ” Isn’t that enough?”

        It’s really a mere pittance. You don’t deserve heaps of praise for taking people who need hospital care into a hospital.

        ” What country are you from, John, that’s been more generous? ”

        Israel isn’t at all generous, in the slightest.

        The big issue as I see it, is that Israel and Israelis insist on being treated exceptionally and having their asses kissed every second of every day. You throw a fit and start screaming about “anti Semitism” whenever this doesn’t happen and this is part of the issue when it comes to criticizing the things Israel did, does, and will do that are worth criticizing.

        Yes, it is a GOOD THING that you treated wounded Syrians, albeit in small numbers. But again, you don’t get praise– you are not special or exceptional or “most moral”– for treating wounded people in hospital.

  3. Marnie
    September 8, 2015, 12:48 pm

    “The whole area was filled with cushim; not that I’m racist”. WTF. The translation of cushim is not “negroes” but the other N-word. What’s up with the sugar coating? These little bastards, who are 5 years from IDF, are talking about Africans raping Israeli women? I know Jewish women have been raped, but the rapist is usually their rabbi, father, brother or acquaintance. If Africans were raping Jewish women like these idiots claim, they’d have all been massacred.

    “We should look out for our own first”. But of course. Great. Then get yourself to work, build your own damn houses, clean your own damn streets and stop taking money from the US and other countries.

    The threats from the guys at the end was the cherry on top. “I’ll break your camera”.

    The Israeli people live (at the expense of everyone else). Israel – a blight to the nations.

    • Marnie
      September 8, 2015, 1:06 pm

      Sorry, brain damage
      The last line should be “The Jewish people live (at the expense of everyone else). Israel – a blight to the nations.

    • yonah fredman
      September 8, 2015, 6:14 pm

      marnie- look up translation in the dictionary.

      “The translation of cushim is not “negroes” but the other N-word.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/09/declares-southern-africans#comment-795293
      The translation of cushim is ethiopians, “Cush” is a country delineated in the book of Esther and is widely associated with Ethiopia. the word you are looking for is not translation, it is inference or street meaning. yes, cushim is a derogatory phrase when used in the street in israel. but the word translation does not fit here.

      • Mooser
        September 8, 2015, 9:00 pm

        I see, Yonah. Instead of translating what people obviously said, we should adhere to an antique, obscure, irrelevant, and most likely spurious definition which just may seem a little less bigoted.
        Sure, Yonah! Anything you want.

      • echinococcus
        September 8, 2015, 10:14 pm

        Now Mr Fredman has become an authority in translation.
        First crack out of the box he plays the most disgusting propaganda trick and replaces a well-known, universally agreed definition by one out of his own “ha-sebara” propaganda system.
        Translation, in the consensus known to any translator (including the most retarded and the most amateurish) is the rendering of an utterance of any length in another language with the corresponding denotation and connotation, and in the corresponding register, aiming to make the foreign-language utterance sound as if formulated and first uttered by a native of the source language.

        Marnie, knowledgeable in Modern (conlang) Hebrew and street Hebrew, gave a very proper translation: “The translation of cushim is not “negroes” but the other N-word.” This includes connotation and usage register.

        Mr Fredman the propaganda agent says
        “The translation of cushim is ethiopians,”
        well knowing that he only is reporting the etymology of a word, with no relationship to current usage. Of course Kush is Nubia (not Ethiopia, you ignorant) and using the lexeme “kushim” in a historical-geographic or religious etc piece would mean “nubians”.

        In street Hebrew, though, in which I submit that Mr Fredman is relatively ignorant because of his location, I’ll take Marnie’s word corroborated by thousands of native Modern (conlang) Hebrew speakers.

      • Marnie
        September 9, 2015, 12:03 am

        @Yonah –
        See Yonah – when we opened our first bank account in this place, we were given a Hebrew-English dictionary as a matanah. Much to our dismay, we found that the N-word was in use in the “holy land” as “cush, cushim, cushot”. Please put a little more effort into your hasbara man, you’re getting a little lazy. Epic FAIL.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jNlIGDRkvQ

      • yonah fredman
        September 9, 2015, 12:25 am

        As anyone familiar with the famous Chevy Chase Richard Pryor SNL routine can testify, the n word crosses a clearly delineated line between abhorrent and truly abhorrent. When Obama used the word in a Mark Maron interview recently it made headlines. When Mark Fuhrman in the OJ trial denied recent usage of the word and was proven a liar it was a major turning point. To claim that any word is not just equivalent to the n word, but in fact a translation of the word, strikes me as patently false and an exaggeration. To pretend that the word “cushi” or “cushim” is an innocuous term is also patently false.

      • weiss
        September 9, 2015, 2:38 am

        The audacity is quite amusing when white people pontificate on what is or isn’t offensive to people of African descent.

        You will NEVER know what it’s like to be an African or African American, because you will NEVER be black…. PERIOD.

      • echinococcus
        September 9, 2015, 9:09 am

        Mr Fredman,

        You have been called on the despicable propaganda job you are doing on the word “translation” –now doubling down.

      • eljay
        September 9, 2015, 11:16 am
      • Mooser
        September 9, 2015, 11:37 am

        “As anyone familiar with the famous Chevy Chase Richard Pryor SNL routine can testify”

        Yonah, please sit down, as I am about to reveal to you a shocking fact. That was TV, it wasn’t real!! Quick, somebody get me a feather and a match, the poor boy has fainted.

      • Mooser
        September 9, 2015, 11:49 am

        “You have been called on the despicable propaganda job you are doing on the word “translation” –now doubling down.”

        What a place this is. “Grobner” drinks before he posts, and “Yonah” is hopelessly addicted to pilpuls.

      • echinococcus
        September 9, 2015, 1:41 pm

        Mooser,
        If only Reb Fredman used pilpul… it would be the sign of an intellect behind the curtain. I’ve known many pilpullers.

      • yonah fredman
        September 9, 2015, 7:53 pm

        There was a time when to call African Americans blacks was considered an insult. Nowadays to call African Americans “coloreds” is an insult. But “people of color” is considered acceptable. To say Negroes today in the US is not acceptable. But there is no question that at this moment in time in the United States the n word is the worst word that any white man can speak. In today’s Israel “shachor” or black is acceptable, but “Cushi” is not acceptable. That does not equate it to the n word for the very clear fact that the history of oppression of blacks in the US of A is of great historical resonance, whereas anti black prejudice in Israel is a minor issue. If you are black and you are offended by Cushi, and therefore you equate it with the n word, let me know. If you are a white person offended by the use of the word Cushi, quite simply, I don’t accept your word that it is the equivalent of the n word.

      • Froggy
        September 9, 2015, 8:41 pm

        yonah fredman : “…whereas anti black prejudice in Israel is a minor issue.”

        It isn’t a minor issue to the blacks.

        Thousands in Jerusalem protest racism against Ethiopian Israelis

        http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/thousands-in-jerusalem-protest-racism-against-ethiopian-israelis-1.407998

        Israeli School Bus Driver Recorded Spewing Racist Slurs at Ethiopian Children
        ‘We are sorry that you’re here,’ Ethiopian schoolgirls record driver as saying on Jerusalem bus.

        http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/israeli-school-bus-driver-recorded-spewing-racist-slurs-at-ethiopian-children-1.408009

        The tribulations of being an Ethiopian Jew

        http://www.irinnews.org/report/94819/israel-the-tribulations-of-being-an-ethiopian-jew

        Or just Google “anti-black racism in israel”. Page after page will come describing what Israelis do to their fellow Jews.

        Give it up. No matter how hard you try, you can’t gold-plate a turd.

      • oldgeezer
        September 9, 2015, 8:16 pm

        @yonah

        whereas anti black prejudice in Israel is a minor issue. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/09/declares-southern-africans#comment-153404

        How kind of you to decide for them.

        And if I were decide anti Jewish prejudice is a minor issue in the west, your response would be?

      • eljay
        September 9, 2015, 8:16 pm

        || yonah fredman: … If you are black and you are offended by Cushi, and therefore you equate it with the n word, let me know. If you are a white person offended by the use of the word Cushi, quite simply, I don’t accept your word that it is the equivalent of the n word. ||

        Negro… please.:

        … it’s hard to encourage a population to genuinely embrace a country that feels comfortable calling its members “niggers”, while passing it off with an excuse that there’s no other word, and it’s not that bad of a word anyway. …

        In today’s media based environment, is there any excuse for an Israeli public figure to remain unaware of how utterly contemptible the word “kushi” is? …

        Is Malynnda Littky black enough for you to accept that the word “kushi”, as used by Israelis, equates to “nigger”?

      • yonah fredman
        September 9, 2015, 9:15 pm

        oldgeezer- Anti Arab attitudes in Israel are of the essence regarding Israeli politics. anti black attitudes in America, considering the role of the civil war and Jim Crow and politics even until today are a major part of US history. antisemitism played a major role in the History of Russia and the Ukraine from 1881 to 1945 and in Germany from 1933 to 1945. the role of antisemitism in today’s France is relatively minor compared to the role of Islamophobia, for the very clear fact that there is a major Islamic population in France and in comparison a much smaller and much less important Jewish demographic. Yes, judgments can be made regarding the historical role that various prejudices play in various societies at various times.

      • Mooser
        September 9, 2015, 10:31 pm

        “If you are black and you are offended by Cushi, and therefore you equate it with the n word, let me know. If you are a white person offended by the use of the word Cushi, quite simply, I don’t accept your word that it is the equivalent of the n word.”

        What “Yonah” is doing here is a form of Hasbara which is known as “painting yourself into a corner by refilling your brush from the porta-potti.”

      • Mooser
        September 11, 2015, 11:06 am

        “Anti Arab attitudes in Israel are of the essence regarding Israeli politics. anti black attitudes in America, considering the role of blah, blah, ooh, eee, ooh-ah-ah, ting, tang, walla-walla bing bang…. Russia in the 1800s Germans! Arabs….”

        What a worker this paintner is! Not content to do just the floor, he’s started on the walls and ceiling. I’m not a fan of the color he uses, but you gotta admit, he lays it on nice and thick.

      • Froggy
        September 11, 2015, 2:29 pm

        But thick paint is flaky, and soon raises and rolls off to disclose the undercoat.

    • Jackdaw
      September 9, 2015, 12:22 am

      ‘Cush’ comes from the Torah. Cush was a region near Ethiopia.

      It may be used pejoratively, but it’s not a made up word, say like,
      ‘jigaboo’ or ‘coon’ or ‘smoke’ or ‘porch monkey’.

      What bastion of tolerance do you hale from, Marnie?

      • Marnie
        September 9, 2015, 10:58 am

        I hale from the great state of none of your damn business.

      • oldgeezer
        September 9, 2015, 11:03 am

        @jackdaw

        Earth to jack, all words are made up words. The fact that the word has a history of use doesn’t elevate it’s use as a racist perjorative to a higher level.

      • Mooser
        September 9, 2015, 11:34 am

        “It may be used pejoratively, but it’s not a made up word, say like,
        ‘jigaboo’ or ‘coon’ or ‘smoke’ or ‘porch monkey’.”

        How brave the gedempte flaysh is when he’s at the end of an Internet cable.

      • eljay
        September 9, 2015, 11:41 am

        || Jackdaw: … It may be used pejoratively, but it’s not a made up word … What bastion of tolerance do you hale from, Marnie? ||

        1. The problem isn’t that the word may be used pejoratively – it’s that it is used pejoratively.
        2. Where did she say or even imply that the word was made up?
        3. What bastion of illiteracy do you hale from?

      • K Renner
        September 9, 2015, 4:10 pm

        ” It may be used pejoratively, but it’s not a made up word, say like, ‘jigaboo’ or ‘coon’ or ‘smoke’ or ‘porch monkey’.”

        The issue is that you’re defending the racist Jews who will use it pejoratively, just because they’re Israelis and Jews and so you must defend them. Or something.

        ” What bastion of tolerance do you hale from, Marnie? ”

        This is the BS official line for the Israeli government and many obnoxious and stupid Israeli people whenever they’re criticized– and it’s still a massive fail every time it comes up, in any form it comes up.

        I don’t know about her, but I know where I come from, it’s societally unacceptable to go on about the “filthy Arabs” or how people of sub-Saharan African background are some kind of “demographic threat”.

        The people who scream for deportations or collective profiling aren’t held in society’s good graces, either. They sort of fill a mould themselves, if you get where I’m coming from.

      • Jackdaw
        September 10, 2015, 12:59 am

        @Marnie

        You hale from the great state of denial.

      • Mooser
        September 11, 2015, 11:12 am

        “Marnie, you hale from the great state of denial.

        That’s funny, “Jackdoff”, I thought Marnie lives in Israel.

        And you don’t, do you? You live in Jerusalem, which is definitely not part of Israel.

    • echinococcus
      September 9, 2015, 1:41 am

      The so-called Jewish women of Israel seem to be having major trouble. Heck, Jewish women have been raped by their own President of the Republic.
      Doesn’t that impose a duty of humanitarian intervention à la Bush/Obama to go save the women from their plight known as worse than death –as in Afghanistan?

  4. Balfour
    September 8, 2015, 1:08 pm

    Ever hear of an American “Sunset Town”- communities where no blacks were allowed after dark…they were quite common in the Midwest until civil rights legislation began to be enforced in the 1960’s. It sure looks like “The Only Democracy in the Middle East” is seizing upon yet another ugly American tradition to distinguish between the races.

    • tree
      September 8, 2015, 3:39 pm

      But its important to remember that the African Asylum seekers main “offense” against the Jewish State is that they aren’t Jewish. Israel has been doing this kind of crap since its very beginnings, as did the early Zionists before its creation. They didn’t need to “seize” an ugly American tradition (since abandoned thankfully) to do this. Its the nature of Zionism. Let’s not try to morph this into white racism. Its Jewish ethnocentrism at its heart.

      • Marnie
        September 9, 2015, 12:12 am

        @tree

        “Let’s not try to morph this into white racism. It’s Jewish ethnocentrism at its heart.”

        Not trying to tree. There’s examples of this almost daily in Israel. How many articles in MW alone on racism, not only re: African asylum seekers, but African Americans being turned away at Ben Gurion, about MKs claiming Israel is for white people, about racism towards Ethiopians (remember the demonstrations last year?), Miri Regev’s statement that the African asylum seekers are a “cancer” in the body of Israel, then, in a gesture of good will, she apologized to cancer victims for comparing them to Africans and of course the racism towards non-ashkenazi Jews.

        Lets be very clear that at the core of Jewish “ethnocentrism” is a great hatred/fear of Jews and non-Jews of a darker hue –

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm8lcTTDp0o

      • weiss
        September 9, 2015, 3:40 am

        Tree as always I appreciate your witty and inciteful banter.

        Although I am having trouble blocking out memories of my Jewish Grandmother regularly using the derogatory and racist Yiddish term: Schvatza quite often to describe African Americans in Miami Fl.

        To think that couldn’t possibly happen in Israel is not looking at the big picture: the Hegemony of White Privledge is a systemic problem in Israel as well as here in the U.S.

      • tree
        September 9, 2015, 5:36 am

        Lets be very clear that at the core of Jewish “ethnocentrism” is a great hatred/fear of Jews and non-Jews of a darker hue –

        But the level of fear of the non-Jew is much greater because the hatred of the non-Jew is greater. Jews of Arab or African descent are still considered Jews and thus not as significant a “demographic threat” as non-Jews are. Although the Ashkenazim might be disappointed to be outnumbered by the presumed “inferior” Mizrahim and Ethiopian Jews, in the final analysis they are all Jews and don’t threaten the demographics of the Jewish State like the Palestinians, the foreign workers (including the Eastern European ones) and the African asylum seekers do.

        The mayor didn’t ban Ethiopian Jews from the town of Arad. He banned African non-Jews. There’s a difference in the level of discrimination one faces in Israel depending on the religious background of the person.

      • Froggy
        September 9, 2015, 8:08 am

        Tree : “But the level of fear of the non-Jew is much greater because the hatred of the non-Jew is greater.”

        The attitudes and beliefs you describe were common in Europe many centuries ago, when being Catholic or Protestant (depending on the country) and being a local ethnic was the only acceptable identity. In those days Jews were considered foreign interlopers, even if the Jews had lived in the locality for many generations. Jews were often seen as muddying the purity of Christian communities and were discriminated against for that reason. Some town drove the Jews away. Others made them live in ghettos.

        (I can hardly write this without laughing at the absurdity of the notion of ethnic ‘purity’.)

        We were taught that these beliefs and behaviors were bigotry — anti-Semitism, to be specific — and a bad set of beliefs in all instances. Evil. Immoral.

        These earlier attitudes evolved to the belief that held the Jews to be a distinct race, a race inferior to those of Christian Europeans. This too was denounced as anti-Semitism by our teachers and parents.

        I find it remarkable that the same Jews who are deeply critical of traditionally Christian countries for not accepting Jews who were fleeing Nazi Germany are the ones now turning away equally desperate non-Jewish refugees. Surely they understand that by turning away the Jews those Christian countries were only protecting their demographic.

        Question : When is discrimination acceptable?
        Answer : When that discrimination protects the majority culture.

        So our parents and teachers were wrong.

        Froggy, playing the Devil’s Advocate with a big helping of snark

      • Marnie
        September 9, 2015, 7:08 am

        @tree –

        I appreciate your thoughts but disagree.

      • Mooser
        September 9, 2015, 10:56 pm

        I don’t know, seems to me Zionist use both Jewish ethno-centrism and white racism. They don’t seem to be averse to either. They mix them into a nasty brew.

      • ejran
        September 17, 2015, 3:18 am

        @Froggy,

        Thank you for the great comment. Sheds a lot of light.

  5. Marnie
    September 8, 2015, 1:44 pm

    @Balfour

    Sundown towns.

    Racism is part of the landscape in the southern Israeli town of Dimona (Updated) Marnie August 26, 2015 at 1:24 am – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/marnie/11#sthash.OFCtFmE5.dpuf

    The United States had “sundown towns”.

    Sundown town – Wikipedia.
    A sundown town is a town, city, or neighborhood in the United States that is purposely all-white, excluding people of other races. The term came from signs that were posted stating that people of color had to leave the town by sundown. They are also sometimes known as sunset towns or gray towns.[1] In some communities, signs were placed at the town’s borders with statements similar to the one posted in Hawthorne, California, which read “Nigger, Don’t Let The Sun Set On YOU In Hawthorne” in the 1930s.[2] James W. Loewen, the Washington, D.C.-based author, told The Washington Post in 2006 he found reports of thousands of such places, and sometimes, the sign makers tried to get clever. “Some came in a series, like the old Burma Shave signs, saying, ” . . . If You Can Read . . . You’d Better Run . . . If You Can’t Read . . . You’d Better Run Anyway.”[3] In some cases, the exclusion was official town policy or was promulgated by the community’s real estate agents via exclusionary covenants governing who could buy or rent property. In others, the policy was enforced through intimidation. This intimidation could occur in a number of ways, including harassment by law enforcement officers.[4] Since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and especially since the Civil Rights Act of 1968 prohibited racial discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing, the number of sundown towns has decreased. However, as sociologist James W. Loewen writes in his book on the subject, Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism (2005), it is impossible to precisely count the number of sundown towns at any given time, because most towns have not kept records of the ordinances or signs that marked the town’s sundown status. He further notes that hundreds of cities across America have been sundown towns at some point in their history.[5] Additionally, Loewen notes that sundown status meant more than just that African-Americans were unable to live in these towns. Essentially any African-Americans (or sometimes other ethnic groups) who entered or were found in sundown towns after sunset were subject to harassment, threats, and violent acts—up to and including lynching.[5] The city of Goshen, Indiana was a sundown town for much of its history, forbidding African Americans from living in, or entering, the town, often under threat of violence. In March 2015, the city acknowledged this part of its past, apologizing and saying that it no longer condones such behavior.[6][7]

    “ISRAEL” IS A SUN DOWN STATE. GO BDS!

  6. amigo
    September 8, 2015, 2:53 pm

    “They are already here , They should have been stopped at an earlier stage”.Mother whose child is sitting next to her and listening to this racist garbage.

    That child is being groomed for his future as an idf thug who will see “Them ” as the problem.That includes Black Jews as well as Palestinian citizens of Israel.

    What a country .What a tribe.

      • amigo
        September 9, 2015, 8:09 am

        Thanks for the link froggy.Very informative.

        Guess who I ran into there.None other than Jackdaw.Same ole hasbara and zionist denial and lies.You can,t make a silk purse from a pig,s ear.Apologies to all pigs.

      • Froggy
        September 9, 2015, 9:07 am
      • Rashers2
        September 10, 2015, 4:03 pm

        I read the +972 piece, to which Froggy linked. However the Hasbaristas like Jackdaw, here or on +972, may seek to undermine or belittle the stories like those of the stolen Yemeni children, the stories have an unmistakable ring of truth and credibility; there are recent parallels elsewhere in the world, including in Europe.
        Do you recall the scandal of the Magdalene Asylums in Ireland? First established in the 18th Century, these were originally places of refuge, run by the Church, for “fallen” women of the streets. Over time, they became prison-like institutions (usually laundries, for they had to be financially self-supporting) and the inmates not just prostitutes but any unmarried women or girls who had become pregnant. Infants born in the Magdalene Asylums or Laundries were farmed-out for adoption, irrespective of the mothers’ wishes, to “respectable”, childless, Catholic couples.
        The similarities are clear. The differences are that: a) the stolen Yemeni infants were born to married parents so the “moral” justification of the Church in Ireland for farming out illegitimate babies for adoption, namely sparing the innocent children what was then the ultimate social stigma of bastardy, was never present; and b) the government of Ireland has recognised the injustices suffered at the hands of the Magdalene Laundries, has apologised for them and has set aside approximately $80 million to compensate surviving victims of the system.
        It is equally shocking to me as the +972 story itself that the Zio-paths and their apologists appear to see nothing reprehensible or morally repugnant about stealing other people’s infants and giving them to be brought up by “respectable” Ashkenazim families!

    • Jackdaw
      September 9, 2015, 12:27 am

      I guess David Sheen forgot to mention that Ethiopian Jews and Black Jews, ‘Israelites’ have lived in Arad for 30 years.

      http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Leader-of-African-Hebrew-Israelites-of-Jerusalem-dies-385978

      Israeli racism is funny.

      • amigo
        September 9, 2015, 11:50 am

        “I guess David Sheen forgot to mention that Ethiopian Jews and Black Jews, ‘Israelites’ have lived in Arad for 30 year” crackedjaw

        What are you trying to say jackdaw.

      • eljay
        September 9, 2015, 12:07 pm

        || Jackdaw: … I guess David Sheen forgot to mention that Ethiopian Jews and Black Jews, ‘Israelites’ have lived in Arad for 30 years. … Israeli racism is funny. ||

        You’re absolutely right: Jewish French people have lived in Paris for decades, so anti-Semitism does not exist in Paris. French anti-Semitism is funny.

      • Froggy
        September 9, 2015, 12:13 pm

        Not so funny.

        From the British charity SOS Children’s Villages:

        Israel has a high standard of living, but a number of vulnerable population groups are being left behind and live in a state of poverty.

        SOS Children has been operating in the city of Arad, caring for children and assisting families, since 1981. Despite our work, many challenges still remain.

        In a diverse society, a number of groups remain vulnerable
        The city of Arad is located in the South District of Israel, 25 kilometres west of the Dead Sea. It was founded in 1962, and has a diverse population of almost 23,500, made up of Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Haredi Jews, Bedouins and immigrants.

        In spite of its relative prosperity, Arad is home to a number of vulnerable populations. Haredi men often dedicate their lives to the study of the Torah, and without permanent employment are unable to support their large families. Similarly, the majority of Ethiopian families in the city are living in poverty. Many do not speak or read Hebrew and their chances of gaining employment are greatly reduced. Substance abuse is a common problem among young Ethiopians.

        Vulnerable children in Arad need your support today. When you sponsor a child, you give a young life hope for a bright future.

        http://www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk/sponsor-a-child/middle-east/israel/neradim-arad

      • Jackdaw
        September 9, 2015, 2:38 pm

        @Amigo

        I’ll dumb it down for you.

        Black ‘Israelites’ (who came from Chicago) and Ethiopian Jews, both call Arad home. These groups have been living in Arad for many years UNMOLOSTED by other Israeli Jews.

        The illegal migrants that are being shunned by the citizens of Arad are the same color as the African-Israelis who make Arad their home.

      • K Renner
        September 9, 2015, 5:08 pm

        ” guess David Sheen forgot to mention that Ethiopian Jews and Black Jews, ‘Israelites’ have lived in Arad for 30 years.”

        Yes, as the “lowest” of the Jewish population. The “niggers” to do the shit work and to be treated maybe marginally better then “dirty” Palestinians and non-Jewish Arabs in general.

        Non-Jewish Africans, that’s what this issue is about. But they don’t really matter, much in the same vein as “Ethiopian Jews never had or have any problems in their ‘homeland’ “, right?

        “Israeli racism is funny.”

        Maybe not the best word for what it is. But it is funny, I grant you, to see the fools (people like you, for sure) tripping over themselves in their haste to scream “bigotry! anti-Semitism!” every chance they get, whilst condoning talk of the “African cancer” and the “filthy Arabs” or “Palestinian sub-humans”.

        So, sickening and shameless hypocrisy is funny. In a sick kind of way.

      • a blah chick
        September 9, 2015, 7:11 pm

        So, Jackdaw, what is the derogatory word for black folk in Israel? I am giving giving you Temporary Black Dispensation to say it. C’mon, don’t be shy.

      • JLewisDickerson
        September 10, 2015, 11:22 pm

        RE: “I guess David Sheen forgot to mention that Ethiopian Jews and Black Jews, ‘Israelites’ have lived in Arad for 30 years.” ~ Jackdaw

        SEE: “Golda Meir Was First Israeli Leader to Expel African-(American) Refugees”, By Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 6/10/13

        [EXCERPT] The current furor in Israel about the “epidemic” of African refugees “flooding” the country is unfortunately not new. Nor is the plan by the Netanyahu government to throw them into concentration camps or expel them. In 1969, Black Israelites began to arrive in Israel from the U.S. They claimed to be Jewish, but Israel’s rabbinical establishment rejected their claims. This meant they could not become citizens.
        Finally, the Golda Meir government in 1971 began the process of expelling them. Over the years hundreds have been.
        Though there is now an uneasy truce, with 5,000 currently living in Israel. So Bibi learned this trick of turning a cold shoulder to Black refugees from a beloved leader of Israel’s Labor Party. So much for Labor’s liberal Zionism.
        Thanks to David Sheen, one of Israel’s foremost activists on behalf of the African refugee community. He’s dug up this racist letter written to Golda Meir, after she’d expelled some of them. There are more examples here.
        Alhough the circumstances then were different than now, when there are 60,000 African refugees in Israel, these sentiments Golda preserved, even at that early period, are reflected precisely in current racist Israeli attitudes. MKs rabble-rouse, calling Africans a cancer among the Israeli nation. Not far at all from this calling them a “5th column.”
        The American Jew who wrote this letter to the Israeli prime minister was little better than the Likud when it came to issues like these that threatened Israeli Jewish hegemony. In fact, the racism reflected in this letter would be little different in tone or substance than the views of Meir Kahane. . .

        SOURCE – http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2013/06/10/golda-meir-black-israelites-would-pollute-israel/

      • Mooser
        September 12, 2015, 12:39 am

        “I am giving giving you Temporary Black Dispensation…”

        Please, if you got it, don’t waste it on him! I’m trying to learn to play the Hammond organ, and struggling.

  7. JLewisDickerson
    September 8, 2015, 5:17 pm

    RE: “Racism in Arad: Mayor declares southern Israeli town off-limits to Africans”

    MY COMMENT: Whad’ya know, Netanyahu was right. It is 1938! ! !

    • Marnie
      September 9, 2015, 12:15 am

      @JLewisDickerson

      “Whad’ya know, Netanyahu was right. It is 1938! ! !” Laughed Out Loud!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Marnie
      September 10, 2015, 3:33 am

      @Jackdaw
      “@Amigo I’ll dumb it down for you. Black ‘Israelites’ (who came from Chicago) and Ethiopian Jews, both call Arad home. These groups have been living in Arad for many years UNMOLOSTED by other Israeli Jews.”

      I don’t know much about molosting, but I know a few families (not from Chicago; BTW, you really, really need to be more current with your disinformation) who lived in Dimona and moved to Arad and Mitzpe Ramon. They were told many years ago by GoI they were not welcome to move to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv (where there were jobs besides cleaning streets, cleaning houses or watching somone’s brats) and these areas were off limits to them. They speak Hebrew fluently and of course, are either assumed to be Ethiopian or from Dimona by the locals so they haven’t had the same problem. Why should they have any problem anyway, considering many arrived in Israel in ’69 or ’70, a good 20 years before the Ethiopian aliyah and maybe yours.

  8. just
    September 9, 2015, 6:58 am

    Those 13 y o kids “still remember” rapes from 5 years ago when “everyone here was drunk, everyone here was on drugs”.

    The only way that they can ‘remember’ is if their parents, teachers, and yes, their newspaper keep teaching them this. Actually they can count on their mayor and their neighbors to teach them, too.

    Most normal societies try to shield their children. I guess that in Arad, adults like to tell sordid stories.

    Thanks, David. You are doing such valuable work.

    Thanks to Dan Cohen and Rebecca Pierce, too.

  9. amigo
    September 9, 2015, 1:16 pm

    It,s not just “Black Infiltrators ” that Arad is trying to keep out???.

    “Southern Israel City Darkens Sports Fields to Keep Bedouin and Asylum Seekers Out
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/.premium-1.675230

    “City officials have ended a pilot program that had kept the lights on in Arad’s soccer fields and other sports facilities every evening. One of the reasons for ending the program was a desire to keep Bedouin from nearby villages and asylum seekers from Sudan from using the fields.

    Mayor Nissan Ben Hamo, asked why the lights were turned off despite his promises to the city’s youth to keep them on, replied in a video clip: “We tried a pilot at several fields. To my great regret, it wasn’t our young people who came to the fields, and therefore, we decided we’d turn on the lights only upon request.”

    The young people who did come, locals said, were residents of nearby Bedouin villages and other outsiders. Ben Hamo also said that Arad residents had complained about the lights and the noise. ”

    Yup , it,s pretty hard for Israel,s Jews to listen to non Jewish noise in their most democratic nirvana. Apparently non Jewish Israelis are much noisier than their Jewish counterparts.Surely Israel has a law to cover this brand of terrorism.

  10. Rashers2
    September 9, 2015, 5:18 pm

    Oh, dear, we really are in “cushi mamzers outragin’ white women” territory, here! Still, with extra-judicial lynchings and burnings of Arabs occurring in the OWB, it seems unreasonable to expect the citizens of metropolitan Israel to think or behave much differently from their settler and IOF brethren. Were I fleeing from anything, anywhere I’d swim through nuclear waste to avoid finding myself is Israel altho’ I guess it’s just too close to Africa for some not to believe it worth a try – after all, it’s the “only democracy in the Middle East”. Pity the unwanted refugees, many of whom will have suffered enough before fetching up in Israel, now “freed” from illegal detention but with no-where to go. Dreadful situation.

    • Marnie
      September 10, 2015, 3:37 am

      Crazy that “Israel” is considered Asia when its southern border is with Africa.

      • echinococcus
        September 10, 2015, 10:21 am

        Bah, they managed to be considered in Europe for the sports associations… as the other guy said, why let yourself be limited by reality?

      • Froggy
        September 10, 2015, 11:39 am

        Funnier still, they are contestants in the Eurovision Song Contest.

        (What’s that about?)

        LOL

      • echinococcus
        September 10, 2015, 1:53 pm

        Now that’s different. In fact, the proper thing would be for all other participants to join Asiafrica and go away to the Middle East for Eurovision Song Contest.

  11. RoHa
    September 10, 2015, 7:22 pm

    “go away to the Middle East for Eurovision Song Contest.”

    Haven’t the poor people of the ME suffered enough already?

    • Froggy
      September 10, 2015, 8:34 pm

      Very funny… and true.

      Eurovision really is remarkably horrible. Bubble gum and candy floss.

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