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“Israel’s most liberal city introduces racially segregated kindergartens,” at the Daily Beast, by Lisa Goldman:

When the children of south Tel Aviv head back to school on Tuesday, kindergarteners will attend facilities that are segregated by race. The children of asylum seekers from sub-Saharan Africa will go to their kindergartens and all the other kids will go to their own. As of this year, the municipality of Israel’s most liberal city decided that separate-but-equal for three-to-six year olds was the way to go—in 2013.

According to a report published by Ynet (Hebrew edition), the city built the new preschools for black children after Jewish-Israeli residents of the inner city area threatened to keep their children at home rather than allow them to learn how to count, fingerpaint and play on the swings alongside their peers from Eritrea and Sudan.

Speaking of Open Zion, the other day Mira Sucharov celebrated Sam Horowitz’s over the top bar mitzvah and offered this description of the website’s purpose:

Open Zion—and my role as a blogger within it—is not an entertainment magazine, but rather a forum for evaluating, critiquing and reimagining a Jewish future, both in Israel and in the Diaspora. In a sense this Bar Mitzvah video represented an attempt by one Jewish boy to do just that….

It is sad that a burlesque routine at a fancy hotel for 13-year-olds is a mainstream American publication’s idea of imagining the Jewish future. Doesn’t the Daily Beast have other concerns that might counter such imaginings? 

But Open Zion calls itself a “new conversation about Israel, Palestine, and the Jewish future.” The Palestine part got left out by Sucharov.

Again, this is exactly like French colonials and French imperialists telling themselves through the 1950s that they could figure out Algeria’s future without the Algerians taking a leading role, or any role at all, in the discussion. And how did that work out? With a massive bloodletting and all the colonials gone, including families that had been in Algeria for hundreds of years–Derrida’s, for one.

It is in fact an urgent task to imagine a future of two peoples in Israel and Palestine that is not the Jim Crow Lisa Goldman has documented. The only other way is violence.

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  1. just
    August 24, 2013, 9:31 am

    “According to a report published by Ynet (Hebrew edition), the city built the new preschools for black children after Jewish-Israeli residents of the inner city area threatened to keep their children at home rather than allow them to learn how to count, fingerpaint and play on the swings alongside their peers from Eritrea and Sudan.”

    Israel is circling the proverbial drain. Any and all declarations of Israel as a democracy are false, and the fact that the threats of the “Jewish-Israeli residents of the inner city area” were acknowledged and acted upon is just more proof of that piled on top of the ginormous heap of all of the other demonstrations/expressions of racism and Apartheid within Israel proper.

    Why, oh why does the US support Israel unconditionally?

    As for little man Horowitz– his parents should be ashamed. How about donating his little fortune of “donations” to inner city kids right here in America? Maybe he could send it to the segregated Sudanese and Eritrean kindergartners who are being discriminated against in their new “home”.

    If this is the “future” for Jewish folks, it is indeed bleak.

  2. Ecru
    August 24, 2013, 10:11 am

    And still the usual suspects will claim Israel isn’t an apartheid state, that Zionism isn’t a ideology of bigotry. Not because they don’t believe it to be so, they do and revel in it, but because they know how damaging the truth is in the outside world, that Israel is if anything even worse than South Africa could ever dream of being.

    • seafoid
      August 24, 2013, 2:37 pm

      How does Judaism reboot?

      • Byzantium
        August 26, 2013, 4:11 am

        We can try setting the advice of Micah as the cornerstone of our religion (and its real-world application):

        “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy
        and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

        The most succinct summary of Jewish ethics there is – note that the values extolled – justice, mercy, humility and (implied) faith – are exactly the ones absent from any manifestation of Zionism.

    • john_manyjars
      August 24, 2013, 4:11 pm

      Apartheid SA certainly never could dream of unlimited US military and no-strings aid, the propaganda machine that is AIPAC, and getting a free pass on nuclear-weaponizing the Middle East, as the USA’s ’51st State’ has.

  3. seafoid
    August 24, 2013, 10:52 am

    “the city built the new preschools for black children after Jewish-Israeli residents of the inner city area threatened to keep their children at home rather than allow them to learn how to count, fingerpaint and play on the swings alongside their peers from Eritrea and Sudan”

    “It bewilders me …that diaspora Jews do not offer unequivocal support
    We live at a great distance from the country about which we care so deeply. But that distance does not mute our concern nor should it mute our voices. Our obligation is to persistently engage in unpopular arguments, to persistently speak up for the children of Sderot and Kfar Azza.(***but not those with darker skin***…) … We will continue to write letters to the editor expressing our solidarity with the people of Israel (***right or wrong, my mother drunk or sober***) , although we may despair of ever seeing them in print.

    ***We will never despair of Israel, regardless of how low it goes.***

    For certain Israeli and American Jews, Israel has always been the strongbox of Jewishness, the place where the most vivid, authentic strain of its modern existence has been unfolding for the last sixty-five years, and there has been a constant stream of American Jews passing through Ben Gurion Airport on their way to imbibe this heady brew from the source.”

    Yes, authentic Jewishness – anyone can define it.

  4. Citizen
    August 24, 2013, 10:59 am

    Such a “light to the nations!”

  5. eGuard
    August 24, 2013, 11:07 am

    The “Daily Beast’ (Open Zion) piece has not sorted out its own racist writing.

    Mizrahi Jews (a.k.a. Oriental Jews): no, they were called “Arab Jews”

    about 65,000 African asylum seekers spread around Israel. (btw, the link provided only says “50,000 Eritreans and Sudanese”, not 65,000). How are we supposed to understand “sub Sahara” asylum seekers are meant? Blacks.

    the other kids will go to their own [kindergarten]. This suggests all others, Jewish and non-Jewish children mix happily in “their own” white kindergarten. No segregation there uh?

    This read-between-the-lines code makes Lisa Goldman’s piece unintelligible.

  6. seafoid
    August 24, 2013, 12:36 pm

    Israel was jerrymandered. It has no shared history pre 1948. It is a closed society running 19th century memes . I am not surprised at this latest turn .

  7. irmep
    August 24, 2013, 2:30 pm

    Yet another reason never to fund statistically significant serial World Values Surveys in Israel. Might reveal the truth.

  8. Woody Tanaka
    Woody Tanaka
    August 24, 2013, 3:03 pm

    No surprise here. Not too long ago an israeli minister confessed that zionism was an ideology of preserving the land for the “white man.”

    Zionism = Racism.

    • yrn
      August 25, 2013, 5:13 am

      Tanaka and his bull
      “Most people who come here are Muslims who think that the land did not belong to us the white man. Few of them talked about openly on TV.”

      Of course Tanaka, takes the Hebrew sentence that he understand and translates it to His Anti Zionist English and it comes out “zionism was an ideology of preserving the land for the “white man.”
      As a translator in MW you are occupied, but on the outside, Get yourself another job.

      • seafoid
        August 26, 2013, 12:40 am

        Nice try yrn
        Most of us are hasbara hardened vets

        “Here’s that country’s real Minister of Internal Affairs, Eli Yishai, this morning:
        “Muslims that arrive here do not even believe that this country belongs to us, to the white man.””

        BTW I see “honest reporting” are citing a mistranslation. What Yishai actually said, they imply, was “I love cute puppy dogs”

      • yrn
        August 26, 2013, 5:35 am

        Most of us are hasbara hardened vets
        If that’s your level, find yourself another job
        Keep on with the Quote
        “Few of them talked about openly on TV.”
        In Hebrew it says, he quoted Few of them who talked about it openly on TV……. and he quoted what they said.

        Now what’s the connection between what you quoted and misquoted and
        Tanaka bull ” zionism was an ideology of preserving the land for the “white man.”

      • seafoid
        August 27, 2013, 4:11 am

        The honest reporting defence is pathetic. What difference does it make if you add “few of them talked about openly on TV” ?

        Systematic racism

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        August 27, 2013, 10:42 am

        yarny, Yishai copped to the racism that is at the heart of zionism. (not like filth like him ever hid it…) No amount of your excuse-making and lame hasbara spin can change that. Because even with the additional nonsense you quote, Yishai’s statement is still one in which he affirms his belief that it is, indeed, “for the white man.”

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        August 27, 2013, 10:56 am

        “As a translator in MW you are occupied”

        No thanks. I am happy to leave it to others to translate your insignificant little tribal language.

  9. Xpat
    August 24, 2013, 4:37 pm

    Mira Sucharov, a Canadian, unquestioningly uses the term Zionist term “Diaspora” to describe world Jewry. She buys into David Ben-Gurion’s inversion of reality through Orwellian language. In this strange universe, Israel is not the frontier but the center; the Jews of the world who left their homes and communities to settle that land turned around and called the communities they left behind “the diaspora”.

    And then, see this amazing sentence of Ms . Sucharov:

    “Is a wooden recitation of a Torah portion whose Hebrew typically goes uncomprehended by the chanting child the only thing to be lauded at this key coming of age celebration?”

    So, instead of infusing a religious ritual with meaning and joy, the only other option is an over the top, offensive party. First of all, unless she has knowledge of this, she should join Rabbi Wolpe and apologize to the family too. How does she know that the poor boy offered “a wooden recitation of his Torah portion”. Not nice to put that out there! Secondly, if the service boiled down to a recitation that was wooden, then how about taking a fraction of the money that baccahanal cost and putting that towards making the service meaningful and memorable?

  10. seafoid
    August 24, 2013, 5:08 pm

    This evening with one of the kids I was reading the Dr Seuss book about the Sneetches with the Stars on their bellies and the ones who had none on thars who they looked down on and it really reminded me of segregated KGs in Shangri La in 2013.

    “they kept them away
    year after year
    Treated them like that
    never let them come near ”

    Check this out

    • just
      August 25, 2013, 8:05 am

      This takes me back to my childhood and all the questions I asked my parents after reading that book and witnessing prejudice as a child…..then as an adolescent…. a teen… a young adult…..and on and on and on. Racism and prejudice are still alive and well in the US, but the Apartheid treatment of the indigenous people by the young Israel state is beyond the pale, in much the same way that we slaughtered and decimated and dishonored the indigenous Americans. Perhaps this terrible history is why we throw our blind support behind Israel and her policies. Our shameful past and present should make us a better nation than we are. I still hold out hope for a change.

      Our blind support for Israel no matter what she does, is deeply flawed.

      • seafoid
        August 25, 2013, 11:13 am

        It is such a great book to read to the kids. Still as relevant as ever. Eternally valid values.

        And I couldn’t stop thinking about Israel reading it.

        John Kerry is either Sylvester McMonkey McBean or the Cat in the Hat.

  11. ritzl
    August 24, 2013, 5:10 pm

    I swear, Jerry Springer, or one or several of his copycats, could do a year in Israel and never come close to a shortage of the salacious equivalent of 3-year olds in white hoods or interracial slap-fests.

    Israel is turning into a Jerry Springer show AND a Milgram experiment all at the same time. What level of a lack of self-awareness makes that even possible?

  12. W.Jones
    August 24, 2013, 10:18 pm

    What about Palestinian kids in the preschool?

    • seafoid
      August 25, 2013, 2:08 am

      AFAIK there are not many Palestinians in south TA. They tend to be confined to other parts of the country and separated from the Sneeches with the Stars of David on their bellies.

      • just
        August 25, 2013, 6:36 am

        Priceless, seafoid.

      • W.Jones
        August 27, 2013, 12:01 am


        To complete the analogy with the Sneeches, you would have to have tons of Middle Easterners converting to the Rabbinate’s religion. This might cause some angst among the State’s Mideast supporters, who actually are not under the Rabbinate and could put them at a disadvantage.

        But it’s probably unlikely, as the Israelis don’t have the same urge of evangelizing in the same way the Conquistadors of Mexico did, in fact, they would probably discourage conversion, don’t you think?

      • W.Jones
        August 26, 2013, 11:58 pm

        Makes sense.

  13. ToivoS
    August 24, 2013, 10:23 pm

    There is something seriously amiss here. It is inconceivable to me that fnlevit is a “Professor of Physics at Weizmann Institute”. There does seem to be a Professor Shimon Levit at the Weismann but it is impossible to imagine that he has posted 205 times here at MW in the last 6 weeks.

    This should be corrected. Professor Levit has a credible research program in solid state physics. He is also Israeli. Given that Israel continues to brag about their ability to assassinate physicists including academic physics professors inside Iran I think it is irresponsible to make this kind of connection between an innocent Israeli scientist with aggressive Zionist policies.

    • Danaa
      August 25, 2013, 12:00 am

      ToivoS, I second your call. The poster fnlevit does not sound like any “Physics professor’ I ever heard of. Or ran into. He waives the “Physics” credential but proclivity for analytic reasoning – de rigeur for any professor, much less one in Physics, is not exactly on display. Actually fnlevit reads more like any number of bots we have encountered in the past. his style of posts keeps reminding me of someone – alas, not memorable enough to recall immediately.

      I hope people beware and don’t get dragged too deep into encounters with this commenter. Whose august self-proclaimed title and content of posts seem to be in direct contradiction. I say, let’s write to Weitzman institute and see what they think about some annonymous poster expropriating their credentials.

      PS one more note from your favorite bot detective here: most wscientists who work at wetzman identify themselves as “Scientist”, “Physicist”, “Chemist” etc. may be with an extra modifier for the specialty, such as “theoretical physicist”. They can all be professors too, of course, unless they are Post Docs. fnlevit’s English leaves something to be desired, so he could be an israeli, or a so-so educated American Oleh, struggling for acceptance in the new country. Where the heck is Avi when we need him? he could tell the pretenders from miles away.

    • jon s
      jon s
      August 25, 2013, 12:57 am

      As far as I know, fnlevit is for real, and not an imposter.
      I don’t see the point of this discussion. Why not just reply to fnlevit, and to all commenters, on topic?

      • seafoid
        August 25, 2013, 2:37 pm

        Maybe Israeli academia is weaker than we thought.

      • yrn
        August 25, 2013, 4:27 pm

        “Maybe Israeli academia is weaker than we thought.”
        Sure it’s weak, that’s why we get so many Nobel prices……………

      • JennieS
        August 26, 2013, 2:18 am

        “… that’s why we get so many Nobel Prizes…”
        Are you sure about that? Israel is listed as the country of 9.5 Nobel Prizewinners beginning in 1966 with S. Y. Agnon’s prize for literature. The .5 is Daniel Kahneman (economics) born in Israel but now holding joint Israeli/US citizenship. Three of those prizes were for peace held jointly with arabs (Begin/Sadat, Rabin & Peres/Arafat) which are situational rather than a result of individual achievement.
        Switzerland is similar in population and development to Israel and, since 1966, Swiss nationals have received 7 Nobel Prizes equal to Israel’s prizes for individual achievement. There is a long list of Jewish Nobel winners available on the internet which appears to suggest that their Jewishness rather than, for instance, educational or research opportunities or the input, in many cases, of a non-Jewish parent.

      • seafoid
        August 26, 2013, 3:38 am

        How much are nobels this week?

      • yrn
        August 26, 2013, 3:47 am

        Israel Academic nobel price
        Dan Shechtman, Chemistry, 2011
        Ada E. Yonath, Chemistry, 2009
        Robert Aumann, born in Germany, Economics, 2005
        Aaron Ciechanover, Chemistry, 2004
        Avram Hershko, born in Hungary, Chemistry, 2004
        Daniel Kahneman, Economics, 2002
        Shmuel Yosef Agnon, born in what was then Austria-Hungary, now Ukraine, Literature, 1966

        Send me yours Academic Noble price winners Bozo

      • Ecru
        August 26, 2013, 4:31 am

        Germany was a leader in scientific prized too. Yet another thing the Judenreich has in common with its role-model. Winning prizes – doesn’t seem to equate with being good at common humanity does it.

      • eGuard
        August 26, 2013, 6:45 am

        yrn: that’s why we get so many Nobel prices

        Who is “we”?

      • seafoid
        August 26, 2013, 6:56 am


        Noble prices trade in a range that depends on QE in the US and Singapore market sentiment.

        It’s pretty academic actually.

      • American
        August 25, 2013, 3:13 pm

        ‘ Why not just reply to fnlevit, and to all commenters, on topic?”…jon

        Speaking for myself…Because…..many here have t.h.o.u.s.a.n.d.s of times replied to ‘correct’ their ignorance and or deliberate lies about established ‘facts’ re I/P for the sake of people reading MW.
        When they keep spamming threads wth the *same false info* already debunked and disproven, over and over and over, it’s too much.
        It shows they are just here to ‘spam’ wth disinfo nonsense and disrupt and accuse the site of unfairness.
        I have seen this done before on other sites to try and ruin the quality of discussion and try to cast suspicion on the fairness of the site.
        There should be a spam quota for those who do this.

    • annie
      August 25, 2013, 2:05 pm

      on topic? scroll up jon, the topic is not ‘moderation policy’. we’ve no obligation to explain to a new poster who starts out spamming the site with hundreds of comments why they are not all cleared. what if they were a thousand comments? do we owe this person the opportunity to dominate the threads? no, we do not. there’s no reason mondoweiss needs to provide rightwing zionist/camera crowd posters endless spamming rights. you don’t like it, start your own blog and give them access. or head on over to camera or one of the many pro israel sites where these kinds of comments abound.

  14. bilal a
    bilal a
    August 25, 2013, 3:20 am

    Foreign Policy is now floating an old Anti Semitic meme, namely that the Israelis are part of the drug running terrorists killing police in Sinai, evidently a drug running and gun smuggling route to , exactly, ah….. where ? Lemme look at a map.

    The same testimony was given in a report to European Union officials by a U.S.-based private intelligence company with ties to the Egyptian military, but with this caveat: “The Israelis have to take some responsibility for this,” one of the firm’s senior consultants said. “The Sinai is flooded with contraband, with a lot of it hooked into the trade with Israeli mafia families. And a lot of that comes right out of CSF pipelines.”

    Someone call the ADL and out this conspiracy theory.

  15. Citizen
    August 25, 2013, 5:34 am

    Remember when the UN GA’s “Zionism is Racism” resolution was revoked (significantly I think soon after the USSR collapsed, if memory serves)? The revoked resolution had stood for about 16 years, and it had spelled out why it was affirmed by the UN at the time. The revocation resolution said nothing; it just announced in one sentence the revocation of the earlier resolution. I find that really interesting. No official explanation at all. (As I recall, Israel had agreed to attend the Madrid Conference but only if the “Zionism is Racism” resolution was revoked. )

    Recently Netanyahu publicly praised a reduction in non-Jewish Israeli births. Imagine, say, our POTUS praising a reduction in minority birthrate–or even a congressman doing so. Yet our government keeps telling us US & Israel “share the same judeo-christian values.” And his newly appointed ambassador to USA defended him, praising him as a patriotic Zionist.

    • Citizen
      August 25, 2013, 6:04 am

      Oops, Netanyahu actually praised a reduction in non-Jewish births a few years ago, not recently–it was when he was justifying his budget cuts for poor child pensions:

      At the time one Israeli OP Ed called Bibi a bigot & another one countered it was only common sense for Bibi to see positive development in reduction of non-jewish Israelis babies due to the demographic threat posed by them to the state set up as a state for the Jews.

    • Citizen
      August 25, 2013, 9:56 am

      Re my earlier comment on the “zionism is racism” UN revocation. I think in addition to the Fall of the USSR into independent (former soviet) states, all of which voted in favor of the original equation 16 years earlier, another change in the same year of the revocation, 1991, was the abolishment of apartheid in S Africa. Until then, the original resolution also received a lot of votes from the African states–that UN bloc formerly voted with the Arab bloc pushing for the zionism-is-racism equation and the quid pro quo was the Arab bloc voted to end the apartheid S African regime. Another factor in revocation was that the US instilled fear it would quit funding the UN. The US portion of total funding was 25%. (I think now the US has the highest unpaid UN funding, something like 80% in arrears.)

  16. The Renegate
    The Renegate
    August 25, 2013, 7:44 am

    Of course, says Israel’s Hasbara, the sionist entitiy of Israel isn’t racist! How could one dare to oppose hasbara power ?
    But, just have a look to Washington, to the marches in memory of Martin-Luther-King…60 years ago: Segregation has not a great future, believe me! And even more: segregation widely is considered an ugly word. Quo vadis, Israel ?

  17. Krauss
    August 25, 2013, 9:21 am

    The difference between Algeria and Israel is that the French were a clear minority, which isn’t the case with Jews and Israel. Even if you count the West Bank, Jews have a slight advantage. Only with Gaza do you have virtual parity. But even that is different from clear minority an Arab birthrates have been trending down, while Jewish birthrates(even for secular Jews) have been going up.

    As for Sucharov, she’s a nationalist pretending to be a liberal.

    As for kindergartens.. well most of those black asylum seekers are going to be deported anyway, because Israel doesn’t want them. I wonder how it feels for an Ethiopian Jew to see such resistance to someone with a different skin color.

    • seafoid
      August 26, 2013, 3:45 am

      Ethiopian jews are presumably indoctrinated to think “if I don’t like it here there are 22 other countries I could go to”. The classic standard of israeli bigotry.

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