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From Didi Remez’s facebook page, translated by Ofer Neiman:

Aryeh King is an extreme right wing activist who is deeply involved in
the uprooting of Palestinian families (in places like Sheikh Jarah) and is
running in the Jerusalem municipal elections

His ad [first image above]:
“Muezzin?  [Muslim call to prayer]
We must have King  [to silence them] “

Labor Party and Meretz are running together in these elections.
Their ad [second image above]:

“We must stop the ultra-orthodoxization of the neighborhoods, and
that’s why we have come together into one big force.
Fighting The Ultra-orthodoxization! “

While it is true that the ultra Orthodox way of life is different from
that  of other Jersualemites, there’s not much to be done about the
fact that ultra-orthodox people need a home too. Moreover, in many, if
not most cases, people can get along quite well on the personal level,
and on that level, ultra-orthodox people seldom try to impose their
principles on others

Meretz-Labor are not fascists. And Meretz’s number 1 Meir Margalit,
has been doing wonderful work against house demolitions in East
Jerusalem for years. But their overall message here is based on
animosity, and does not seem much different from King’s.

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18 Responses

  1. tokyobk on August 18, 2013, 2:16 pm

    Worse still: “Cock-a-doodle-do: Muezzin?”

    • Xpat on August 20, 2013, 12:48 am

      or “Kookooreekoo, Muezzin” in Hebrew. They just needed something that was alliterative with “King”.

  2. just on August 18, 2013, 3:18 pm

    Such a tolerant and non- judgmental people in that “democracy” where no prejudice is tolerated……….in Jerusalem, no less.


    btw, the call to prayer is beautiful, imho. See Moe’s brother’s documentary from yesterday. The scene where the young man is gazing @ the lights of West Jerusalem from a rooftop in Occupied East Jerusalem @ 0400 with the audible call to prayer is positively haunting.

    • Xpat on August 20, 2013, 12:46 am

      Dunno about the beauty of the call to prayer bit. That can get old very fast. I didn’t care for that public clock that chimed every 15 minutes right outside my B&B in Italy. Similarly, that early morning muezzin would drive me nuts. I like my peace and quiet. If you want to get up at an ungodly hour to pray, set your alarm clock.
      Let the rest of us sleep.

      • eljay on August 20, 2013, 7:37 am

        >> If you want to get up at an ungodly hour to pray, set your alarm clock. Let the rest of us sleep.

        +1. Religion is – or should be – a private matter. Not something to broadcast via loudspeakers…or to use as justification for the creation of an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist state.

  3. Benjamin Lawrence 1 on August 18, 2013, 5:29 pm

    Not all of Meretz is bad

  4. ronnie on August 18, 2013, 6:19 pm

    Meretz is very much a fascist party. There are numerous examples for that but it is enough to remember their support of the Gaza massacre of 2008-2009 where 1400 people have been murdered, 350 of which were children. According to many polls, 90%(!) of the Israeli ethnic-Jewish society supported that massacre. How many of these are Meretz voters?

    Unfortunately, Meretz is not only a fascist party but also supports ethnic-supremacy. Here is one example of many, coming from the mouth of Amos Oz – an author who stands at the forefront of protecting Israeli apartheid:

    • hophmi on August 19, 2013, 12:13 pm

      “Meretz is very much a fascist party.”

      If by fascist you mean green and social democrat, then I agree.

      • Xpat on August 20, 2013, 12:50 am

        hophmi – you’re trying to evade Ronnie’s point. Meretz isn’t fascist because of their internal Jewish Israeli platform.

  5. RJL on August 18, 2013, 10:56 pm

    One more thing, Mr. Weiss. I’m sure your fans won’t love this, but face it, Christians in the middle east today are safest in Israel, period. And, with all the trashing of “zios” from all of your writers, and most of your responders, you are lagging on the truth. Quit avoiding the obvious.

    • just on August 19, 2013, 9:29 pm

      You are such a funny gal/guy!

      Stop it, my ribs are aching!

    • jon s on August 20, 2013, 1:49 am

      Not only for Christians. In general Israel is a safe and peaceful country.

      • Woody Tanaka on August 20, 2013, 6:48 am

        “Not only for Christians. In general Israel is a safe and peaceful country.”

        Yeah, all those Palestinians dead at the zionists’ hands die so safely and peacefully.

  6. yrn on August 19, 2013, 3:35 am

    Egyptian Christians, Copts Endure Horrific Persecution As Violence and Unrest Continue.

    As Always Hypocrite Phill must have the weekly smear of Israel, which is much more important for his resume.
    Nothing about this issue……..Pathetic.

    • Xpat on August 20, 2013, 12:53 am

      yrn – Nice try at distraction. Unlike Israel, Egypt doesn’t get any of my tax dollars so it’s a lot less interesting to me. Oops, I meant to say, it actually does get $1.5b p.a., but that’s to make sure Israel is happy.
      As we were saying, back to Israel….

  7. seafoid on August 19, 2013, 5:24 am

    Next year in Jerusalem
    will be worse

    • hophmi on August 19, 2013, 1:27 pm

      “Next year in Jerusalem
      will be worse”

      Uh-huh. You’re very confused, seafoid.

  8. Rudolph on August 20, 2013, 2:00 pm

    To state that “ultra-orthodox people seldom try to impose their
    principles on others” is to not understand the political efforts by the ultra-Orthodox to affect the civil rights of Israelis. Consider just one of many examples: “[I]n 1953, the Knesset passed the Rabbinical Courts Jurisdiction Law, which established the Jewish religion as the state religion, replete with…rabbinical courts. The law empowered rabbis to determine, where applicable, if an immigrant’s conversion had been valid, and it reaffirmed the right of [Orthodox/ultra-Orthodox] rabbinic officials to preside over all marriages, divorces, and burials for Jewish citizens…Official rabbinic bureaucracies determined which restaurants, hotels, etc., would be declared kosher—a state-sponsored monopoly that has led to thousands of patronage jobs. By 1955, the state had set up two school systems for Jews, one secular and the other [Orthodox], that is, for children of those identifying with the National Religious Party…Ben-Gurion also permitted the sons of the relatively small, non-Zionist, ultra-Orthodox…communities to study in their own [religious] schools…and avoid military service.”

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