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‘Bloomberg marched with a fascist’

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Bloomberg with Danny Danon
Bloomberg with Danny Danon

This picture was taken last June in New York, at the Israel Day parade. I just saw it on Scott Roth’s twitter feed.

The man in the picture is Danny Danon, deputy minister of Defense in the Netanyahu government. There was only brief mention of him at the time, here in the Jewish Press.

But Danon shows up today, in the Washington Post, in a story about the rightwingers in Netanyahu’s coalition who want to annex the West Bank:

As for the Palestinians living in the West Bank, depending on the ideas under discussion, the annexationists suggest that they be offered Israeli citizenship or residency or be made the responsibility of Jordan.

“I think we should no longer think of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, but Palestinian settlements in Israel,” Danny Danon, deputy defense minister, said in an interview.

Danon, recently elected to head the central committee of the Likud party, imagines an archipelago of Palestinian cities — Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah and Hebron — as Arab islands in an Israeli sea.

“The Jewish people are not settlers in the West Bank, but Israel will make the Palestinians settlers and Jordan will be the one taking control over Palestinians and that’s it,” Danon told Israel’s Channel 1 this summer.

This is blood-and-soil nationalism– which regards it as fit to deprive people of rights based on their ethnicity, and suggests transferring them to the “control” of other states, whatever that means. It’s a fascistic ideology. (Webster’s says fascism is a movement or regime that exalts nation and race above the individual and stands for an autocratic government with a dictatorial leader, and the suppression of opposition. Elements of that definition fit Danon’s argument.)

I return to Scott Roth’s point: Would it be acceptable for an American politician to march alongside such a figure in any other political context?

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Sure– they seem to do it daily….in one way or another.

Sickening, really sickening.

“Would it be acceptable for an American politician to march alongside such a figure in any other political context?”

NRA maybe . La Pierre would be the equivalent of Danon. Same sort of Holocaust rhetoric (the Government will take our guns and murder all of us) used to justify outrageous lobby.

Phil writes:

I return to Scott Roth’s point: Would it be acceptable for an American politician to march alongside such a figure in any other political context?

No, but with Israel we are blessed to have a Special Relationship.

I’m sure Bloomberg will be proud of his association. Roots going back centuries, millennia even, yet denied any form of citizenship in their own homeland, the resting place of who knows how many generations of ancestors (their graves don’t count with the israeli ‘religious’ authorities, they can be destroyed, as we are aware of – just think Mamilla) just because they aren’t Jewish. How will the fascist Danon force Jordan into giving them citizenship in… Read more »

That judaism produced leaders like Foxman, Danon and Lieberman 70 years after never again is dismal.