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‘It is time to guard our house!’: Nazareth Illit mayor promises to prevent a Palestinian school in order to ‘stop the demographic deterioration’ of the city

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The above statement was published by Nazareth Illit mayor Shimon Gapso and posted on a Facebook page for the city. Nazarth Illit is a predominantly Jewish city located inside the state of Israel that was established in the 1950s overlooking the Palestinian city of Nazareth to promote the Judaization of the Galilee. We have covered the rampant racism in the city before . Ofer Neiman provided the following translation:

An account to/for the residents – what have we done on the issue of the city’s identity? 

Upper Nazareth – Jewish Forever!
Not to be taken for granted, but the result of a staunch standing and a daily struggle

When I assumed office, many people told me that the trend of negative emigration of Jews away from the city was unstoppable. And indeed, in recent years, whole neighborhoods in the city were abandoned by their Jewish residents, and the proportion of Jews in the population decreased every year.

This trend, which began with the innocent belief in the message of coexistence, has posed a grave danger to the very existence of a Jewish community in the Galilee. After all, the arrival of Arab residents drives Jews away, and the danger of a complete Jewish exodus is not a wild fantasy.

I have decided to take on this complex challenge with all power and resolution.

No longer shall we close our eyes, no longer shall we hold fondly onto the law which enables all citizens to reside wherever they wish. It is time to guard our house!

And indeed, through persistence in the face of adversity, a daily struggle through clear public statements, and actions to which the golden rule of silence applies, with courage and perseverance, we have accomplished the impossible: We have stopped the demographic deterioration, and have kept the proportion of Jews in the population at 82%.

Maintaining the Jewish identity of Upper Nazareth is the most important task of the mayor, and is the most crucial to the city’s future and our lives here. Any other municipal success will be meaningless if our city loses its identity, and the Jews try to flee it by all means available.

I have not hesitated, and I shall not hesitate, to declare loudly and clearly: I will not allow for a change in the city’s Jewish character. I will prevent at all costs the establishment of an Arab school in upper Nazareth. And I will take action for the establishment of neighborhoods for Jewish residents.

Adam Horowitz

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  1. Cliff on April 12, 2013, 11:59 am

    This is the extent of Jewish democratic values in Israel (with large overwhelming support from the organized Jewish community in the US).

    Zionist Jews want to maintain a Jewish majority. One that is not maintained benignly. It is maintained at the cost of the other major ethno-religious group (and the indigenous population of the land) – the Palestinian Arabs.

    So this is the edge. Discrimination, apartheid, colonization. Democracy and specifically, privilege (because there are more than just Jews in this Israel/Palestine territory but Jews have the power over the non-Jews).

    More reason to be against the mainstream. This is the mainstream.

  2. Citizen on April 12, 2013, 12:14 pm

    It’s beyond absurd that Americans are funding this BS even as they can’t afford the basics of life themselves.

  3. justicewillprevail on April 12, 2013, 12:27 pm

    Message: educating Palestinian children is an existential threat to us, all recent immigrants who demand that we alone should live here. It would seem that Jewish mayors are the threat to the city.

  4. just on April 12, 2013, 1:29 pm

    How very lovely and redolent of apartheid.


  5. a blah chick on April 12, 2013, 1:54 pm

    “No longer shall we close our eyes, no longer shall we hold fondly onto the law which enables all citizens to reside wherever they wish. It is time to guard our house!”

    Perhaps if I was stoned I could decipher that.

  6. Whizdom on April 12, 2013, 2:05 pm

    Nazareth is historically an Arab center of culture, and was intended under the 181 partition to be within the boundaries of the Arab State.

    • ryan-o on April 12, 2013, 3:09 pm

      I’m pretty sure that the whole of Nazareth still is an Arab city with a majority Arab population. A lost of Northern Israel has a majority Arab population which is why it was intended for the Arab state in partition.

      So much for “democracy”

  7. tree on April 12, 2013, 3:47 pm

    And of course, Upper Nazareth was built on land confiscated from the Palestinian Israeli citizens of Nazareth.

  8. DICKERSON3870 on April 12, 2013, 4:39 pm

    ● RE: “Upper Nazareth – Jewish Forever”

    ● REMINDS ME OF: “Beitar Pure Forever”

    ● SEE: “‘NYT’ covers Beitar Jerusalem fans campaign against Muslim players and says racism may threaten Israeli-hosted tournament”, by Annie Robbins, Mondoweiss, 2/01/13

    [EXCERPT] Israel’s racism has made its way to the ‘New York Times’ via soccer, the same sport that led to the dismantling of South Africa’s Apartheid regime. Jodi Rudoren reports, “Some Fear a Soccer Team’s Racist Fans Hold a Mirror Up to Israel”:

    The angry, defiant exchanges that punctuated Tuesday night’s unusually tense game here came amid intense protests by Beitar Jerusalem supporters over the team owner’s plans to recruit two Muslim players from Chechnya. Some young men had unfurled a banner at the previous game declaring “Beitar pure forever,” which reminded many here of Nazi Germany’s purging of Jews from athletics in 1933 and prompted statewide discussion about racism on and off the field.

    “People in Israel usually try to locate Beitar Jerusalem as some kind of the more extreme fringe; this is a way to overcome the embarrassment,” said Moshe Zimmermann, a historian at Hebrew University who specializes in sports. “The fact is that the Israeli society on the whole is getting more racist, or at least more ethnocentric, and this is an expression.” . . .

    SOURCE –

    • DICKERSON3870 on April 12, 2013, 4:44 pm

      ● P.S. RE: In anticipation of the Muslim players’ arrival, some fans unfurled a banner at the team’s Jan. 26 game saying “Beitar Pure Forever.” . . . ~ Jodi Rudoren

      ● MY COMMENT: No one should surprised by this if they are familiar with the origins of Beitar.

      ● FROM WIKIPEDIA [Betar]:

      (EXCERPT) The Betar Movement (בית”ר, also spelled Beitar) is a Revisionist Zionist youth movement founded in 1923 in Riga, Latvia, by Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky. Betar has been traditionally linked to the original Herut and then Likud political parties of Israel, and was closely affiliated with the pre-Israel Revisionist Zionist splinter group Irgun Zevai Leumi. It was one of many right-wing movements and youth groups arising at that time out of a worldwide emergence of fascism.[1] Some of the most prominent politicians of Israel were Betarim in their youth, most notably Prime Ministers Yitzhak Shamir and Menachem Begin, the latter of whom idolized Jabotinsky.[2]. . .
      . . . The group initially praised Mussolini for his anti-communism and fascist principles, leading it to adopt the black uniform shirt of Italian fascism for a short period. Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, however, was seen as “cowardly” by Betar and led them to break with him shortly after.[8] . . .

      SOURCE –

      ● ALSO SEE: “The Hidden History of Zionism”, Chapter 6, by Ralph Schoenman

      [EXCERPT] . . . Mussolini set up squadrons of the Revisionist Zionist youth movement, Betar, in black shirts in emulation of his own Fascist bands.
      When Menachem Begin became chief of Betar, he preferred the brown shirts of the Hitler gangs, a uniform Begin and Betar members wore to all meetings and rallies – at which they greeted each other and opened and closed meetings with the fascist salute. . .

      SOURCE –

      ● P.P.S. RE: “Mussolini set up squadrons of the Revisionist Zionist youth movement, Betar, in black shirts in emulation of his own Fascist bands.” ~ from the Wikipedia excerpt above
      • SEE WIKIPEDIA [Blackshirts] –
      • AND SEE THIS VIDEO – Mussolini in Color : The Blackshirts [VIDEO, 02:24] –

  9. K Renner on April 12, 2013, 5:49 pm

    It is time for the Palestinians to take back what was stolen from them. Now, more than ever, it is time.

    Palestine is Palestinian and will remain so.

  10. a blah chick on April 12, 2013, 6:41 pm

    “Maintaining the Jewish identity of Upper Nazareth is the most important task of the mayor…”

    Not jobs or housing or crime or social services or transportation. No, keeping the demographics “correct” is his number one job.

  11. Avi_G. on April 12, 2013, 6:48 pm

    Brought to you by:

    The Only Democracy in the Middle East.

    • Cliff on April 13, 2013, 12:43 pm

      The only racist, apartheid Jewish democracy in the Middle East.

  12. talknic on April 12, 2013, 8:01 pm

    Nazarth Illit is a predominantly Jewish city located inside the state of Israel

    It is “outside the State of Israel” … in territory illegally acquired by war by Israel before it was admitted to the UN. The territory has not yet been legally annexed to Israel.

  13. RoHa on April 12, 2013, 11:28 pm

    An Arab school? There goes the neighbourhood!

  14. amigo on April 13, 2013, 11:52 am

    The zios grow bolder and bolder by the hour.

    Keep talking out loud guys.

    You are talking yourselves into self destruct.

    One request. Get on with it so we do not have to watch the suffering of the real victims.

  15. SQ Debris on April 13, 2013, 2:23 pm

    Ruffahned Suthun Societay! Only two more days to write your checks to the IRS to support it, or, uh .. have your assets seized.

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