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Israelis hoisted an ISIS-inspired black and white flag in an anti-African march in Tel Aviv today, to protest a recent court ruling that rendered illegal a desert detention facility where African asylum seekers are being held without charge. The ISIS-style flags waved have the Hebrew word “bagatz,” meaning “High Court,” across the banners. Some of the marchers are holding them in tandem with Israeli flags, but others hold the handmade ISIS-style drapes alone.

Simone Wilson, the Jewish Journal‘s foreign correspondent in Israel, is covering the protest now in south Tel Aviv in an African refugee neighborhood where Israeli youngsters have taken over the streets and attempted to break into African-owned businesses. She is live-tweeting the protest and captured the backers of the ISIS aesthetic: a soldier in uniform, settler leader Baruch Marzel, and Mai Golan, the anti-African darling of Israel’s right-wing who soared to fame two summers ago when she declared in a similar march, “I am a proud racist,” and shortly after took a position in the city government.

Israel’s High Court decided in late September that Holot, an “open residential facility” where Africans incarcerated are granted afternoon leave from the prison but must return under lock and key at night, is illegal. The Africans jailed there have committed no crime, but their lack of status as protected persons have left them vulnerable to an interpretation of an Israeli law aimed at jailing those who cross the Jewish state’s borders in order to commit violent crimes. African seeking asylum are protected under International conventions barring imprisonment, which the court acknowledged last month. Yet the demonstrating Israelis are furious over the verdict, which will let Africans out of Holot in the next three months. They represent a nationalist sect of Israeli society that does not want any African non-Jews present in the country. For such activists as Marzel, the court’s decision to release the asylum seekers back to Tel Aviv is “more dangerous to Israel than ISIS.”

From Wilson’s timeline (@simone_electra):

 

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  1. Marnie
    Marnie on October 5, 2014, 3:02 pm

    For such activists as Marzel, the court’s decision to release the asylum seekers back to Tel Aviv is “more dangerous to Israel than ISIS.”

    It’s really hard to keep track of who is dangerous to israel –
    Palestinians –
    Africans –
    Non-affiliated jews –
    Christians –
    Themselves – BINGO

  2. Marnie
    Marnie on October 5, 2014, 3:03 pm

    The most racist people I’ve ever seen.

    • Laurent Weppe
      Laurent Weppe on October 5, 2014, 7:22 pm

      Then you must not have seen many people.

      • on October 6, 2014, 7:17 am

        You are defending this behavior? That says much.

      • eljay
        eljay on October 6, 2014, 8:40 am

        >> Giles: You are defending this behavior? That says much.

        He appears to be suggesting that there exist people who are more racist than these protesters. (He may very well be right.)

        His suggestion doesn’t strike me as a defence of the behaviour of these protesters.

      • Nite_Owl
        Nite_Owl on October 6, 2014, 9:44 pm

        True. I’m sure he’s seen John Wayne. Everybody has and he was an admitted white supremacist. I guess it’s a toss up between him and Mai Golan, a proud racist. The only difference is John Wayne was then and Mai Golan is now, but not every society should be expected to evolve at the same rate. Israel may be behind America in social evolution but America itself is far behind countries such as Norway or Sweden. The hope is that nations continue on the path to an open and enlightened society and don’t devolve back to the mob.

  3. Marnie
    Marnie on October 5, 2014, 3:14 pm

    Waiting for JonS, hopknee, jackdaw, NormanF or any of the other israel apologists to jump on and excuse the behavior of the nazis/KKK wanabees –

    And it’s not even 24 hours past Yom Kippur and here we have the lovely israelis talking about “killing niggers” and “nigger go home”. You all better damn sure pray the Most High is merciful on judgement day.

    I hope He is too because I am feeling nothing but hatred for these people (israelis).

  4. a blah chick
    a blah chick on October 5, 2014, 3:33 pm

    The JSIL (Jewish State in the Levant) hashtag on twitter has been spreading thanks to Max Blumenthal and Rania Khalek. The Zionist are not amused and say it’s vile to compare Israel with those awful be headers.

    Gee, I wonder what they think now.

    • Marnie
      Marnie on October 5, 2014, 11:25 pm

      It’s a good fit.

      • Marnie
        Marnie on October 6, 2014, 12:20 am

        I think the comparison to nazis/kkk/isil are appropriate for sure but I would bet that many of the lunatics in the pictures above actually get off on the comparison, they just wanna be so baaaad. Lets just call them what they really are: Gentile (Merriam Webster)
        1. often capitalized: a person of a non-Jewish nation or of non-Jewish faith; especially: a Christian as distinguished from a Jew
        2. Heathen, pagan

        Related to GENTILE
        Synonyms – heathen, idolater (or idolator), pagan

        Works for me!

  5. amigo
    amigo on October 5, 2014, 4:36 pm

    “The Africans jailed there have committed no crime, but their lack of status as protected persons have left them vulnerable to an interpretation of an Israeli law aimed at jailing those who cross the Jewish state’s borders in order to commit violent crimes. ”

    There goes that convenient ,”Interpretation ” of Israeli law again.

    Did the Jewish State declare it,s borders ????. I must have missed that, somehow.

  6. American
    American on October 5, 2014, 6:41 pm

    Are those children with the flags Tel Aviv children? settler children?
    Poisoning kids minds…raising another generation of racist zios.
    Its child abuse imo.
    Some expert, cant remember who,said….. ‘give me a child until he’s seven and he will be mine for life’.
    Probably all too true in many cases.

    • RoHa
      RoHa on October 5, 2014, 7:52 pm

      Attributed to Jesuits. Can’t give a specific name, though.

  7. catporn
    catporn on October 5, 2014, 9:15 pm

    I think its a Jesuit saying “give me the child till age 7 and I’ll give you the man”.
    That racist breeding will make them suffer their whole life, they’ll stew in anger and hate, causing themselves as much pain as their victims.

    I liked the last tweet: Anti African rally at Tel Aviv park now clearing out.. Leaders pray as they lower their ISIS style flag.
    Beautiful, it says it all.

    • American
      American on October 6, 2014, 8:43 am

      ” catporn
      October 5, 2014, 9:15 pm

      I think its a Jesuit saying “give me the child till age 7 and I’ll give you the man”.>>>>

      thanks…thats it, couldnt remember it exactly.

      • Mooser
        Mooser on October 6, 2014, 11:25 am

        “give me the child till age 7 …”

        And by the time the poor kid can articulate what happened to him, and knows it’s a crime, the Statute of Limitations will be up!

      • catporn
        catporn on October 6, 2014, 11:34 am

        I just DDG’d it ;)

        I’m sure most people here saw the shocking documentary, Israel’s New Racism http://www.thenation.com/article/176703/israel-cranks-pr-machine made by Max Blumenthal and David Sheen, it shows openly racist persecution of African Migrants in Israel.

        Its not that Israelis are more or less racist, as another poster suggested, but they can practice it openly with the full support of police and state. Like Israel itself, they act with impunity.

  8. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson on October 5, 2014, 9:58 pm

    RE: “Gutsy young Eritrean guy (left) casually walks up to former Knesset member Michael Ben Ari, gets chased out of park” ~ tweeted by Simone Wilson, the Jewish Journal‘s foreign correspondent in Israel

    REGARDING BEN-ARI, SEE: “Why the Israeli Elections Were a Victory for the Right”, by Max Blumenthal, TheNation.com, January 23, 2013
    • The polls were a rebuke to Netanyahu, and the “centrist” Yesh Atid did very well. But far-right extremists are steadily gaining strength.

    [EXCERPT] . . . A bearded settler named Michael Ben-Ari has been at the forefront of virtually every right-wing march in the Tel Aviv area. In 2009, Ben-Ari won a seat in the Knesset by campaigning as a disciple of Rabbi Meir Kahane, the murdered founder of the violent extremist group Kach, who advocated the establishment of a theocratic fascist state in the West Bank and the forced “transfer” of Palestinians to Jordan.

    In 2010, I met Ben-Ari in his Knesset office with my colleague, David Sheen. Seated at a desk flanked by a framed portrait of Kahane, Ben-Ari launched into a bizarre diatribe that seemed more extreme than anything I had ever heard from a member of Israel’s radical right. “I would never allow these words to leave my lips: Jordan is Palestine,” he told us. “God forbid! Jordan is part of the land of Israel, it belongs to the people of Israel. It’s not Palestine, it was never Palestine.”

    Ahead of the current election cycle, Ben-Ari founded a new party, Otzma LeYisrael, or Strong Israel, joining forces with Aryeh Eldad, a virulently anti-Arab Knesset member who has vowed to “end the Muslim occupation of Judea and Samaria” (biblical names for the West Bank) by enacting an annexation program remarkably similar to the kind promoted by Bennett.

    Though Strong Israel banners decorated the highways beneath the ideological settlements of the northern West Bank—“Let The IDF Kick Ass,” one read—Ben-Ari focused his campaign primarily inside the Green Line. His party office was strategically located on a busy street in south Tel Aviv, in a neighborhood inhabited by thousands of asylum seekers from Africa, and where tensions exploded last year with a series of race riots that he had no small part in inciting. On New Year’s Eve 2013, Ben-Ari headlined a protest against the presence of non-Jewish Africans in Tel Aviv that doubled as a rally for his newly founded party.

    After the demonstration, Sheen and I followed closely behind a group of Strong Israel supporters as they marched through the neighborhood, chanting “Sudanese to Sudan!” and hectoring every African they met along the way (watch video of the incident here). “Criminals! Sudanese, go home, you whores!” they shouted at a pregnant African woman huddled inside a corner market. By the time the marchers reached Strong Israel’s campaign headquarters, the small police detail that had been following them, and that restrained them from physical violence, had disappeared. That’s when they began to attack Sheen, slapping him and threatening to break his camera. The tactics that settlers employed to intimidate human rights activists and journalists documenting their abuses in the occupied Hebron Hills had finally found their way into the streets of Tel Aviv.

    Ben-Ari has boasted that the once-radical ideas introduced by his mentor, Kahane, now influence the mainstream of Israeli politics. “I’m not the only one who represents Kahane,” he has said. “He’s represented by a great many people today, within the Knesset and outside it.”

    But Ben-Ari might be a victim of his own success. His party did not cross the electoral threshold, meaning he will not retain his seat in the Knesset. However, the next government will be filled with fanatics who have co-opted his language and political agenda. They include Miri Regev, a notoriously unhinged former spokesperson for the Israeli army now emerging as one of Likud’s rising stars, who called non-Jewish Africans “a cancer in the nation’s body” during an anti-migrant rally in south Tel Aviv. Moshe Feiglin, a settler banned from entering Britain for inciting racial hatred, has also earned a seat in the Knesset on the Likud list. Recent polls of Jewish Israeli attitudes have exposed a disturbing consensus in favor of the far right’s politics of ethnic resentment. In a poll taken last year, 52 percent of Israeli Jews agreed with Regev that African asylum seekers are “a cancer,” and a full one-third said they support violent attacks on them. Then there are fresh-faced fanatics like Jewish Home’s Jeremy Gimpel, who ran for the Knesset with an apparent determination to summon the spirit of Kahane. . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.thenation.com/article/172398/why-israeli-elections-were-victory-right

  9. Marnie
    Marnie on October 5, 2014, 11:20 pm

    Whatever could have given these Africans the notion that they could find sanctuary in israel? Hmm, let’s see –

    Exodus 22:21
    Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

    Exodus 23:9
    Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

    Deuteronomy 24:17
    Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge:

    Deuteronomy 24:18
    But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee thence: therefore I command thee to do this thing.

    Deuteronomy 27:19
    Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen.

    I could go on and on but suffice it to say, anyone who reads a bible knows there are so many admonitions like this throughout, usually with the reminder that you were strangers in the land of Egypt and treated unjustly, so DON’T DO IT TO ANYONE ELSE, GET IT?

    • Marnie
      Marnie on October 5, 2014, 11:22 pm

      Oh, and there wasn’t any fine print that said “unless they’re black” or gave a specific number to offer asylum but after that, fuggetaboutit.

      The israelis are acting an awful lot like the ancient Egyptians.

      • RoHa
        RoHa on October 6, 2014, 5:36 am

        “The israelis are acting an awful lot like the ancient Egyptians. ”

        In what way?

        The ancient Egyptians seem to have been pretty relaxed about race. Theirs was a multiracial society. Not multicultural, though. They weren’t worried about whether you were black, white, or the common coppery colour, but from what I have heard you damn well had to walk like an Egyptian, talk like an Egyptian, dress like an Egyptian, and generally act like an Egyptian.

        If you wanted to retain your Babylonian “identity”, you could go back to Babylon.

      • Mooser
        Mooser on October 6, 2014, 11:28 am

        “but from what I have heard you damn well had to walk like an Egyptian, talk like an Egyptian, dress like an Egyptian, and generally act like an Egyptian.”

        RoHa, your comment is time-stamped 5:36 am! I can’t get up that early, I’ll be shot at sunrise!

  10. kalithea
    kalithea on October 6, 2014, 1:38 am

    This is really not surprising. Supremacists are like-minded. Zionism and IS are both supremacist, extreme states of mind that are obsessed with absolute power and both see others as a threat to securing that power no matter how powerless that other race or religion may be and how inadequate the other’s defenses are. The other is a threat to their racial and/or religious purity although I’d rather call it im-purity because it’s really a front for pure hate and bigotry.

    Supremacists get each other; they’re attracted to the symbolism of absolutism and domination and symbols that strike fear in others. We’ve seen videos of Zionists with their faces covered with white handkerchiefs showing only their eyes reminiscent of the KKK and we’ve seen them emulating brown shirts shouting “Death to Arabs” waving the Star of David as their symbol of racial and religious purity. In adopting IS symbolism at this time, these Zionists are waving a symbol that is offensive both to the victims of ISIS brutality and the families of these victims just as adopting the swastika for any purpose would offend victims of the Holocaust. It’s depraved but predictable.

    Zionism is supremacism.

    • eljay
      eljay on October 6, 2014, 10:10 am

      >> kalithea: Zionism is supremacism.

      Yup. But because it’s Jewish supremacism in a supremacist “Jewish State”, Zio-supremacists will tell you that it’s a good kind of supremacism. It’s depraved, but predictable.

  11. Marnie
    Marnie on October 6, 2014, 6:39 am

    @RoHa
    I’m referring to the time of Moses – pharoah’s heart was hardened and look where it got them. Netanyahu and his band of racist thugs hearts are hardened also and I imagine the outcome is going to be disastrous. I don’t know what you’re talking about – “But from what I have heard you damn well had to walk like an Egyptian, talk like an Egyptian, dress like an Egyptian, and generally act like an Egyptian. If you wanted to retain your Babylonian “identity”, you could go back to Babylon. ” What?

    • Mooser
      Mooser on October 6, 2014, 11:38 am

      ” I don’t know what you’re talking about”

      Huh? It was everywhere in the 80’s.

      I myself had a tepid partiality for the bare-footed guitarist. Since I can’t raise my eyes to her face, it gave me something to look at.

    • RoHa
      RoHa on October 6, 2014, 7:10 pm

      “I’m referring to the time of Moses – pharoah’s heart was hardened and look where it got them.”

      So you mean the Egyptians in the fairy tales, not in history.

      • Marnie
        Marnie on October 7, 2014, 1:43 am

        @RoHa
        I meant the biblical Egyptians. As far as what you said, thanks for the clarity.

    • RoHa
      RoHa on October 6, 2014, 7:13 pm

      As for the rest of it, I mean what I said. It seems the Ancient Egyptians weren’t racists, but they were monoculturalists. You lived in Egypt, you lived like the rest of the Egyptians.

      • Mooser
        Mooser on October 7, 2014, 12:18 pm

        I finally know what the Bangles were talking about! Hadn’t realized the song went so far over my head.

  12. a blah chick
    a blah chick on October 6, 2014, 7:25 am

    There was an article on 972 mag which stated that most of the illegals in Israel are from Europe not Africa. Their presence is not an issue because white Israelis are more willing to protect them.

    • Marnie
      Marnie on October 6, 2014, 8:46 am

      Gee, what a shock. If they see Africans as being a “cancer” to the body of israel, then the white illegals must just be herpes.

  13. joer
    joer on October 6, 2014, 9:01 am

    The #JSIL hashtag started as a satire of sorts just a few days ago. It’s getting harder and harder to satirize Israel.

  14. NickJOCW
    NickJOCW on October 6, 2014, 10:24 am

    I see that several hundred anthropologists have joined the call for academic boycott, which is odd in a way as one might have imagined Israelis a perfect study for that speciality. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/06/381215/anthropologists-join-boycott-of-israel/

  15. weiss
    weiss on October 6, 2014, 1:24 pm

    Well put sir!

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