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Two American Jews were reportedly called a racial slur, detained, and subsequently deported by the Israeli government because they are black.

Idit Malka has five siblings, all of whom live in Israel. She traveled with her son Kahxin to the self-professed Jewish state on June 12 in order to celebrate the wedding of her sister, who lives in Yeroham, a town in the Negev.

Malka was not even able to make it out of Ben-Gurion Airport. She and her 10-year-old child were, upon arrival, promptly detained in a holding cell for close to 48 hours. With the single phone call allowed to her, Malka contacted her Israeli brother, who appealed to a judge, yet their petition was denied. Malka and her son were denied entry and placed on a return flight to the US.

“Once we were detained, we were never given any reason other than one female agent screaming at me ‘Eretz Yisrael isn’t a country for cushim [a racist Hebrew slur for black people],’” Malka recalled.

“I feel the denial of entry was made before I even had a chance to speak with anyone,” she added.

The Jerusalem Post reports that, according to Israel’s Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA), “Malka and her son were turned away because of suspicions she belongs to the Black Hebrew community and was planning to remain in Israel instead of returning to the US on August 20, as her ticket stated.” She denied the accusation in an interview with the publication.

Malka’s family immigrated to Israel when she was young. In 1987, they distanced themselves from the Black Hebrew community, members of which are not recognized as Jewish by the Israeli government.

“I have been living as a Jew my entire adult life,” Malka explained. She underwent a Reform Judaism conversion in 1995 and a Conservative Judaism conversion in 2004.

In 2006, Malka even lived in Israel. The Jerusalem Post writes “Malka claims she was put through a bureaucratic tangle that lasted four years. With no end in sight, she and her children decided to return to the US in 2010.”

“I have a 10-year-old who wanted to visit his cousins and family, and he’s had his summer vacation ruined in the most horrific way,” Malka lamented.

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Zionist White Supremacy

The Jerusalem Post explains black Jews face double standards in Israel to which Ashkenazim (Jews of European descent) are not subjected:

Nicole Maor, a representative of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), which assisted Malka during her four-year-effort to become an Israeli citizen, said Monday that African- American converts to Judaism often encounter problems upon entry into Israel. She said this was because the legitimacy of their conversions are questioned by the Interior Ministry.

In addition, African-Americans who plan to stay in Israel for extended periods or make aliya are scrutinized more closely due to suspicions that they will join the Black Hebrew community.

Ethiopian Jews—who face virulent racial bigotry in a society in which politicians, including Prime Minister Netanyahu, regularly call African immigrants “infiltrators” and “cancer”—have drawn parallels between their struggle against systemic racism and the struggle of black Americans against systemic racism. In protests in April and May, Israeli Ethiopian Jews took to the streets of Jerusalem to protest racist police brutality, chanting “Baltimore is here!,” referencing civil rights protests in the US that had took place just days before.

An op-ed published in leading Israeli newspaper Haaretz on June 12 avers that the “bigoted, racist lawyer of Harper Lee’s new novel would feel completely at home in modern Israel.” Author Naomi Levitzky recollects that, reading a review of the novel Go Set a Watchman, which takes place in the racial apartheid of the Jim Crow-era US South,

I couldn’t help but think of us in Israel. How exactly was I reminded of the racist, ignorant southern town in Alabama?

Here, last July they burned alive a Palestinian boy, Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

An Israel Defense Forces soldier of Ethiopian descent was manhandled by a police officer and the case against the officer was closed.

Schools and summer camps refused to accept children because of their skin color.

A representative of the government talked aggressively and patronized the family of Avera Mengistu, a seemingly disturbed man who crossed the border into Gaza last September and has disappeared – and no one seems to care.

And as a woman is raped in Tel Aviv, passersby witness it but keep walking; no one helped her.

As I have noted in previous Mondoweiss articles, since the founding of the putative Jewish state, Mizrahim (Jews of Middle Eastern descent) and other non-Ashkenazi Jews have endured constant discrimination and have lived as virtual second-class citizens:

Scholar Hanan Chehata describes Israel as the “promised land for Jews… as long as they’re not black.”

Jews of African descent are not the only ones to suffer from the Ashkenazi supremacy of Zionism. Since its earliest days, Mizrahi Jews (those of Middle Eastern descent) have faced systematic discrimination in Israeli society. In the 1950s, Israel forced Mizrahi Jews to live in poverty in tents in shantytown-like transit camps while Ashkenazim were given hotels.

In the decades since, Mizrahim have continued to endure systemic racism. This intense oppression led to the creation of the Israeli Black Panthers, in parallel to the revolutionary socialist Black Panther Party in the US. Former Israeli Black Panthers still protest Israeli racism against Mizrahi Jews today.

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  1. iResistDe4iAm
    iResistDe4iAm
    July 15, 2015, 9:41 am

    “…that African-American converts to Judaism often encounter problems upon entry into Israel. She said this was because the legitimacy of their conversions are questioned by the Interior Ministry.”

    Israel, the most democratic theocracy in the Middle East.

    • just
      just
      July 15, 2015, 12:44 pm

      It’s more of an ethnocracy than a theocracy. It’s a Country Kkklub.

      God has nuthin’ to do with it.

      • Krauss
        Krauss
        July 15, 2015, 12:50 pm

        Well, it’s not that simple. Religion does matter. But read this long article from YNET on Ukrainian Jews:

        http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4679728,00.html

        Would Orthodox rabbis bend over backwards to help them immigrate if they were black? Notice that the work is being done not by the Israeli government but is bankrolled by a Jewish billionaire who lives in Australia. So this is pure Ashkenazi philantrophy helping other white folks to immigrate.

        Black Jews don’t have those resources, but that’s not supposed to matter, because they have the state. Well, if they can’t count on the state either what can they count on?

  2. Shmuel
    Shmuel
    July 15, 2015, 9:58 am

    Idit Malka sought to become an Israeli citizen under the Law of Return. In other words, she sought recognition as a member of the charter religion/ethnicity in a racist state. There is no excuse for the way she and her son were treated, but the problem lies with the system itself, not with who that system recognises as a member of the privileged group.

    On a related note, Israeli state recognition of Reform or Conservative Jews as Jews (whether on a purely rhetorical level or for the purposes of affording them full access to privileged status in the Zionist state) is not a civil rights issue. Eliminating the relevance of such state recognition is.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      July 15, 2015, 12:24 pm

      “There is no excuse for the way she and her son were treated, but the problem lies with the system itself, not with who that system recognises as a member of the privileged group.”

      Really? And yet it always seems to be the same people who are the members of the privileged group. Maybe that has something to do with why the system is that way.

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        July 15, 2015, 12:37 pm

        To put it another way, if someone failed the “pencil test” in Apartheid South Africa, was the problem with not recognising that person as white, or with the very concept of white privilege?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 15, 2015, 5:58 pm

        “or with the very concept of white privilege?”

        Or is it “white privilege” in the service of some other privilege? SA we could say valued whiteness for it’s own sake. Is that the case here?

  3. eljay
    eljay
    July 15, 2015, 10:04 am

    “Israel: We love us our Jews. Just not the black ones.”
    “Israel: White skin? Come on in! Black? We’re sending you back!”

    I know, I know: The “moral beacon”, “Western-style democracy” and “light unto the nations” state of Israel is both supremacist and racist but, hey, at least it’s not as bad as Saudi Arabia, Mali and African “hell-holes”.

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer
      July 15, 2015, 1:11 pm

      @eljay

      Actually it is every bit as bad, if you aren’t part of the privileged group, although zionists like to claim it’s not.

  4. neggy
    neggy
    July 15, 2015, 10:19 am

    The title is wrong and should actually be: “Israel does not recognize non-orthodox conversions, so a conservative-convert to Judaism who had previously been a member of the antisemitic Black Hebrew Israelite cult was deported for her former affiliation with the group”.

    But then you wouldn’t be able to gin it up.

    If she had had an orthodox conversion, her former affiliation with the BHI cult would be irrelevant.

    The whole point of you posting the article with this ridiculous title is to try to get Black Americans to hate Israel. It’s transparent.

    • Abdul-Rahman
      Abdul-Rahman
      July 15, 2015, 10:32 am

      Zionists are already alienating themselves from just about every minority group in America; as they become an increasingly Republican, right wing, and older conservative white male supported “issue”. The vast majority of Black Americans are not going to be supporting your cult to start with.

      Also Israeli oppression of Ethiopians and African asylum seekers is getting covered more and more by even the mainstream press in the U.S.

      • lysias
        lysias
        July 15, 2015, 12:00 pm

        Yes, a story the other day in the Washington Post mentioned the discrimination against Ethiopian Jews.

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      July 15, 2015, 10:36 am

      Ben Norton has a long history of doing this. The idea to get Black Americans to hate Jewish Americans by suggesting that Israel is a white country that systematically discriminates against Black people and that Israel is to blame for the way American police officers treat African Americans. Of course, most Israelis are not white, and saddling Israel with the weight of American racial history is thoroughly dishonest and disingenuous.

      Perhaps Ben should ask the African-Israeli spokesman at the New York consul general’s office, Shimon Mercer-Wood, what he thinks about attempts to blame Israel for American racial problems. He might learn a little more about the situation. But I don’t think Ben is that honest.

      • CigarGod
        CigarGod
        July 15, 2015, 10:49 am

        Pffft!
        How about addressing the topic, Diversion Boy?

      • hophmi
        hophmi
        July 15, 2015, 11:13 am

        Sure. I’m devastated by stories like this, and I hope the officer who used the racial slur is fired, just as we in America would fire a TSA officer who used a racial slur that way. But the clear gambit here is to suggest that racism problems in Israel and the United States are the same. They are not.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 15, 2015, 12:36 pm

        “Ben Norton has a long history of doing this.”

        A long history…of breaking little hearts like the one in Hophmi?

      • just
        just
        July 15, 2015, 12:45 pm

        Here’s a hanky and a diaper, hophmi.

      • Kris
        Kris
        July 15, 2015, 2:45 pm

        @hophmi: “But the clear gambit here is to suggest that racism problems in Israel and the United States are the same. They are not.”

        I have to agree with you here, hophmi. In the U.S., it is the darker people who suffer the greatest discrimination and violence, while in Israel, it is the Palestinians, who are lighter-skinned than the blacks, who are most heavily targeted. But you can’t deny that there is racism against black Jews in Israel; white Jews don’t even want black Jewish children in their schools. https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/resources/commentary-and-analysis/3917-israel-promised-land-for-jews-as-long-as-theyre-not-black

      • amigo
        amigo
        July 15, 2015, 2:49 pm

        “A long history…of breaking little hearts like the one in Hophmi? -Mooser

        Mooser, treat him nice , treat him good . Treat him like you know you should .

      • JLewisDickerson
        JLewisDickerson
        July 15, 2015, 3:20 pm

        RE: “Ben Norton has a long history of doing this. The idea to get Black Americans to hate Jewish Americans by suggesting that Israel is a white country that systematically discriminates against Black people and that Israel is to blame for the way American police officers treat African Americans . . .” ~ hophmi

        MY COMMENT: Israel is not just to blame for the way American police officers treat African Americans! ! !*

        * WATCH: ■ Catalan Police in Israel: repression courses “Tested In Combat” [VIDEO, 05:40]

        CATALAN POLICE TRAINING IN ISRAEL VIDEO February 16, 2014
        “Public security” training in Israel for police from Catalonia – or how to wage war on your own civilian population to protect the investments of bankster criminals!
        SOURCE – http://roblosricos.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/catalan-police-training-in-israel/

        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

        ALSO SEE: “Israel’s export of occupation police tactics”, by Jimmy Johnson , The Electronic Intifada, 9 October 2009

        [EXCERPT] . . . The training offered by Israeli police and security forces is exported all over the world. For example in India, Israel has drawn upon its experience in south Lebanon, rural West Bank and urban population centers in Gaza and the West Bank to help train Indian forces. According to a 9 September 2009 article in Defense News, the inspiration for these efforts came after New Delhi took “a keen interest in the homeland security operations, armaments and surveillance devices used by Israeli troops.”

        A 2008 declaration signed by then-Minister of Public Security Avi Dichter and Canadian Minister of Public Safety Stockwell Day created a similar arrangement for Canada and Israel. According to the Israeli ministry’s website, it allowed the countries to “share knowledge, experience, expertise, information, research, and best practices” and “facilitate technical exchange cooperation, including education, training, and exercises.” In a 23 March 2008 press release, Minister Day stated that “The declaration seeks to establish a more structured framework for the continued cooperation on public safety issues between Canada and Israel.”

        Israeli police trained their Chinese counterparts for “possible scenarios involving terror and civil disturbances” prior to the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. According to a 28 September 2008 article in the Israeli daily Haaretz, the commander of China’s People’s Armed Police Force “expressed an interest in continued cooperation between Israeli and Chinese police following the success of the course.” Five years earlier Israeli police performed a similar task in Greece prior to the Athens games. The French government brought the head of the Israeli police’s special forces to instruct their police in riot control.

        However, no country in the world has a closer cooperation with Israeli police forces than the US. Just a sampling of US cities and institutions that have trained or are training in Israeli methods are Alameda County; Atlanta; Boston; Cambridge, MA; Commerce, GA; Detroit; Duxbury, MA; Georgia Tech University; Knoxville, TN; Los Angeles: the Maryland Department of Transportation; Miami; New York City; Pembroke Pines, FL; San Francisco; San Mateo; Santa Clara; Seattle; Stamford, CT; Sterling Heights, MI; and Suffolk County, NY. . .

        ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://electronicintifada.net/content/israels-export-occupation-police-tactics/8485

      • JLewisDickerson
        JLewisDickerson
        July 15, 2015, 3:28 pm

        RE: “Ben Norton has a long history of doing this. The idea to get Black Americans to hate Jewish Americans by suggesting that Israel is a white country that systematically discriminates against Black people and that Israel is to blame for the way American police officers treat African Americans . . .” ~ hophmi

        MY COMMENT: Israel is not just to blame for the way American police officers treat African Americans! ! !*

        * SEE: “Sheriff Ortiz goes to Israel”, by Eva Ruth Moravec, mysanantonio.com, 07/07/11

        [EXCERPTS] . . . For one week last month, Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz swapped his cowboy hat for a yarmulke as he visited Israel on an organized trip with other law enforcement leaders.
        “I’ve always had an interest in Israel,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “It was a great conference.”
        Ortiz joined 16 other sheriffs, police chiefs and organization heads, including Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, on a week-long trip, courtesy of the Jewish Institute for National Security’s Law Enforcement Exchange Program.
        The group toured a hospital’s trauma unit, Israeli Arab villages, sites of terrorist attacks, border crossings, police offices and the country’s security fence. Based on the itinerary, most of the sites and speeches focused on terrorism and security.
        Ortiz said he was impressed by Israel Defense Force soldiers, who he said are trained as soldiers and as police officers.
        “If we ever deploy troops along the Texas border, they should have training in being a soldier and in law enforcement,” he said…
        …The junket was Ortiz’s second organized trip to Israel: last year, Bexar County footed the bill to send him to an international conference on homeland security, he said…

        SOURCE – http://blog.mysanantonio.com/police/2011/07/sheriff-ortiz-goes-to-israel/

        * AND SEE: “Israel trip an eye-opening experience for Jefferson chief”, By Adina Solomon, onlineathens.com, 07/18/11

        This summer, Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman went on a two-week trip 6,000 miles away, traveling across Israel with a delegation of state law enforcement officers as part of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange.
        “It was an awesome trip,” he said. “A trip of a lifetime.”
        GILEE, which partners with Georgia State University, sends a different group of Georgia officers every summer to work with Israeli law enforcement and border control.
        Commerce Police Chief John Gaissert and University of Georgia Police Chief Jimmy Williamson also have gone in past years.

        The object of the program is to learn how Israeli police deal with terrorism every day…
        …After his trip, Wirthman is trying to think one step ahead with the Jefferson Police Department, preparing for the type of threatening situations Israel faces 24 hours a day, he said.
        “Hopefully it’ll never happen, but in this world, ‘never’ isn’t a word,” Wirthman said. “We’re not invincible here.”
        He’s also witnessed how people live their daily lives with the constant menace of terrorism, he said.
        Wirthman met one man who sends each of his children on a different bus to school. In case one of the buses is bombed, only one of his three children will be harmed.
        “I don’t know if I could raise my family under those conditions,” said Wirthman, who has three kids of his own.
        And nobody in Israel grumbles about it, he said. Instead, they have a strong national pride many Americans had only after 9/11, he said…”

        ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://onlineathens.com/stories/071811/jac_858627408.shtml

        * AND SEE: “Atlanta Police Department Commander Completes International Public Safety Training”, Elizabeth Espy, APD Public Affairs Deputy Manager, Atlanta Police Public Affairs News Release

        Atlanta Police Department Commander Completes International Public Safety Training

        News Release

        Zone 4 Major Rodney Bryant learns best practices on counterterrorism

        Atlanta Police Department Major Rodney Bryant completed a two-week public safety program and exchange focused on new public safety techniques and technologies. Organized by the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE), Major Bryant along with 16 other senior Georgia public safety officials learned best practices on counterterrorism measures.

        “The Atlanta Police Department has supported the GILEE program since it was founded in 1992. “I am huge supporter of the GILEE Exchange Program since I visited Israel myself as a participant in this program, said Police Chief George N. Turner. “GILEE is an excellent tool to help educate and train our officers about to responding to multiple threats.”

        Major Rodney Bryant is the commander of Zone 4 and has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience. The Department regularly participates in global public safety exchanges. The Atlanta Police Leadership Institute is a leadership program that prepares all ranks for promotional opportunities. The APLI program includes training on international law enforcement issues where officers learn tactics on preventing acts of terror, responding to suspicious objects and organizing volunteers for emergency response. Additionally, this year the Atlanta Police Department has hosted several international police agencies including the Nicaraguan National Police and Israel National Police Department. . .

        ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE – http://www.atlantaga.gov/index.aspx?page=672&recordid=2912

      • JLewisDickerson
        JLewisDickerson
        July 15, 2015, 3:39 pm

        RE: “Ben Norton has a long history of doing this. The idea to get Black Americans to hate Jewish Americans by suggesting that Israel is a white country that systematically discriminates against Black people and that Israel is to blame for the way American police officers treat African Americans . . .” ~ hophmi

        MY COMMENT – Here is a very powerful testimonial regarding the impact of Israel’s “tested in combat” marketing on policing here in the U.S.
        An Israeli Soldier’s Story – Eran Efrati [VIDEO, 40:05]

        Published on Mar 8, 2014
        The talk by Eran Efrati was filmed in Denver, Colorado on March 3, 2014 as part of The Soldier and the Refusenik U.S. tour with Maya Wind. Eran talks about his experiences in the IDF and then more broadly discusses Israel, its relationship to the U.S. and the global expansion of militarism.

        Bornajoo October 24, 2014, 3:37 pm
        @JLewisDickerson
        That was indeed a very powerful must-watch testimonial. Thank you for the link. More honest and courageous people from within like Eran urgently required
        The digger you deep it just becomes even more hideous, even more grotesque and even more evil.

        Reply

        MRW October 27, 2014, 12:43 am
        Everyone should see that “An Israeli Soldier’s Story – Eran Efrati [VIDEO, 40:05].”

        If you can’t stand to watch the whole thing, the last 10 minutes will do it.

        SOURCE – http://mondoweiss.net/2014/10/there-things-around#comment-717880

      • JLewisDickerson
        JLewisDickerson
        July 15, 2015, 3:45 pm

        RE: “Ben Norton has a long history of doing this. The idea to get Black Americans to hate Jewish Americans by suggesting that Israel is a white country that systematically discriminates against Black people and that Israel is to blame for the way American police officers treat African Americans . . .” ~ hophmi

        SEE: “You Will Be Surprised Who the Outside Agitators Really Are in Baltimore”, By Max Blumenthal / AlterNet / April 28, 2015

        [EXCERPTS] . . . On Monday, the country watched as a band of outside agitators descended on the streets of Baltimore, attacked locals with blunt force, intimidated innocent bystanders, and even threw rocks at native residents. . .
        . . . According to data posted on the city of Baltimore’s OpenBaltimore website in 2012, over 70 percent of Baltimore Police Department officers live outside city limits, with at least 10 percent living over state lines, in places as far away as New Jersey and Pennsylvania. . .
        . . . While the Baltimore Police Department recruits its manpower outside city limits, its leadership is regularly junketed to training tours in Israel, the occupying power whose hyper-militarized settlers act as some of the Middle East’s most aggressive outside agitators. In September 2009, members of the Baltimore PD “toured [Israel] and met with their Israeli counterparts to exchange information relating to best practices and recent advancements in security and counterterrorism,” according to the trip’s sponsor, Project Interchange. A separate Israel tour organized by the neoconservative Jewish Institute for National Security saw members of the Baltimore PD “begin the process of sharing ‘lessons learned’ in Israel with their law enforcement colleagues in the United States.” . . .

        ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/you-will-be-surprised-who-outside-agitators-really-are-baltimore

      • JLewisDickerson
        JLewisDickerson
        July 15, 2015, 3:49 pm

        RE: “Ben Norton has a long history of doing this. The idea to get Black Americans to hate Jewish Americans by suggesting that Israel is a white country that systematically discriminates against Black people and that Israel is to blame for the way American police officers treat African Americans.” ~ hophmi

        SEE: “The Anti-Defamation League Sticks to What it Knows Best: Racism”, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, 2014

        . . . In the wake of the decisions not to indict officers Darren Wilson or Daniel Pantaleo for murdering Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) – a Jewish organization purportedly founded to fight racism and anti-Semitism – has revealed itself to be once again standing on the wrong side of history. Not only did the ADL urge “calm” of protestors in the face of righteous anger against the state murder of Black people across the United States, they also stood with the St Louis grand jury: “we respect the grand jury’s integrity and their commitment to meeting the heavy responsibility thrust upon them.” And, adding insult to injury, the ADL praised the NYPD despite the shameful and brutal murder of Eric Garner and the midst of their violent repression of protestors.

        The ADL’s decision to firmly support the police and attempt to silence nation-wide collective action is no surprise given their history of collaboration with and support of police violence and surveillance in the US. The ADL directly trains tens of thousands of police and other “security forces” and leads population control training of US Police by Israeli military and police forces. By facilitating the training of US police in Ferguson and other cities, the ADL acts as a driving force in the cross-pollination of the most repressive practices and the increasing militarization of police forces in the US and Israel.

        In this context, the ADL attacked Black football player Reggie Bush for courageously affirming the link between Ferguson and Palestine. Consistent with its pattern of suppression, the ADL slammed Reggie Bush for sharing messages of solidarity from Palestinians to the people of Ferguson on social media. The ADL claims that there is no connection between racist violence in Ferguson and across the US, the repression of community resistance to this violence through mass protest, and the racist violence against Palestinians. Yet, the ADL is itself perhaps the most direct link between the racist violence against Black people and Palestinians, having literally trained former St. Louis County Police Chief Timothy Fitch in Israel. Abraham Foxman, Executive Director of the ADL, went so far as to suggest that Reggie Bush does not understand racism in either the United States or Palestine, saying: “He should stick to football.”

        We are disgusted that the ADL continues to stick to what it knows best: racism.

        Beyond the ADL, Israel’s connection to Ferguson is not strange or exceptional, but is rather, as is laid out in “Israel’s Worldwide Role in Repression”, part of its broader role in global repression. Just as the US military trains police around the world based on its long history of repressing of Black people and other oppressed communities, Israel takes the technology, military tactics, and racist brutality it has developed through its colonization of Palestine and exports them to the rest of the world.

        In the United States alone, over 9,000 US officials have trained with Israeli military and police, including the Atlanta police who killed a 92 year old Black woman, Kathryn Johnson, Oakland police who used tear gas and rubber bullets to repress Occupy Oakland, and the LAPD who are now utilizing the drone technology that Israel pioneered. Thus, when Palestinians declare their solidarity with the people of Ferguson or offer protestors advice on dealing with teargas, or when demonstrators in Missouri carry signs reading “from Ferguson to Palestine occupation is a crime,” it grows out of a deep recognition of the ways in which the struggles against racism and colonialism in the US and the struggle against racist colonization in Palestine are bound together.

        As Jews committed to full justice for Black, Brown and Indigenous people in the United States, queer and trans communities, immigrants targeted by policing and repression, and for justice in Palestine, we assert that the ADL does not represent our interests and continually aligns itself with racism in the US and Israel and works to defend them against popular challenges. We reject this racism and proudly stand with Reggie Bush. We will work to expose the ADL, stop the role it plays in police collaboration between the US and Israel, and continue to organize against Police and military violence.

        To sign on to this statement, follow this link – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PgWafnuqHRYkwN-y0h22g4PDCiyNrNUWbdOm36dDwYg/viewform?c=0&w=1

        SOURCE – http://ijsn.net/iworr/the-anti-defamation-league-sticks-to-what-it-knows-best-racism/

        P.S. ALSO SEE:“Israel’s worldwide role in repression”, Israel/Palestine International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Mondoweiss.net, January 16, 2013
        LINK – http://mondoweiss.net/2013/01/israels-worldwide-repression

      • JLewisDickerson
        JLewisDickerson
        July 15, 2015, 3:56 pm

        RE: “Perhaps Ben should ask the African-Israeli spokesman at the New York consul general’s office, Shimon Mercer-Wood, what he thinks about attempts to blame Israel for American racial problems.” ~ hophmi

        IN OTHER WORDS: Some of Israel’s best friends are black (i.e., Shimon Mercer-Wood)! ! !

        Shimon Mercer-Wood — Consul for Media Affairs – http://embassies.gov.il/new-york/Departments/Pages/Shimon-Mercer-Wood-Consul-for-Media-Affairs.aspx#p

      • a blah chick
        a blah chick
        July 15, 2015, 5:37 pm

        Oh, Hopmi, I don’t need Ben Norton to tell me how to feel about Israel. How I feel is based upon years of reading and educating myself about the situation there.

        You know, some of us Negro Americans can actually think for ourselves.

      • July 16, 2015, 7:20 am

        The idea to get Black Americans to hate Jewish Americans by suggesting that Israel is a white country that systematically discriminates against Black people and that Israel is to blame for the way American police officers treat African America.

        No. The idea is to communicate to all people — not just Jewish Americans — the REALITY that Israel is a white country that systematically discriminates against Black people and that Israel shares in the blame for the way American police officers treat African Americans, and Muslim, and anti-Zionist protestors.

        See the difference?

        And for hophmi to question someone else’s honesty? Priceless.

      • Bornajoo
        Bornajoo
        July 16, 2015, 8:34 am

        Israelis in general are very racist towards black people. I’ve been there loads of times and I’ve seen it and heard it. And when they come to visit London they say things like ‘look how many cushim you have here, you’re not afraid?’. It’s an endemic problem. Any decent progressive Israeli will tell you this (the few that are left anyway)

        Ben Norton is simply exposing the TRUTH about the rotten racist society of Israel so drop your pathetic rants of denial Hophmi.

      • eGuard
        eGuard
        July 16, 2015, 9:35 am

        Ben Norton … suggesting that Israel is a white country that systematically discriminates against Black people.

        Suggesting? What else does the quote “Eretz Yisrael isn’t a country for cushim” prove? Why should anyone have go to New York to have this Hebrew word being explained away?

    • Kris
      Kris
      July 15, 2015, 11:13 am

      @neggy: “a member of the antisemitic Black Hebrew Israelite cult…”

      Why do you say the Black Hebrews are a cult? Cult: a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister. Yet this does not seem to fit the Black Hebrews at all:

      Some have mistakenly reported that the African Hebrew Israelites claim to be descendents of the 10 lost tribes. The community actually considers itself the descendants of the tribe of Judah, as they spiritually identify with Judah’s role as the “gatherer” of the other tribes. (King David was from the tribe of Judah.) The community’s vision invokes Israel’s prophetic mandate to be a “light unto the nations.” The Hebrews take this charge seriously, incorporating a respect for what they see as the “sacred Truth” into every aspect of their culture.

      The Hebrews maintain a firm distinction between religion on the one hand, and spirituality on the other. The former is frowned upon, and seen as the root of many evils in the world today. “The true worship of God is an entire way of life, a continuous action, from the meal you eat in the morning, to the job you work on,” wrote Ben Ammi in God the Black Man and Truth. “It encompasses your every deed and thought pattern.”

      SNIP

      Members of the community are vegans. Tobacco, drugs, and alcoholic beverages aside from naturally fermented wines are avoided. Regular exercise (three times weekly) is mandatory for all adults, as is a monthly massage. No-salt days, sugarless weeks, and live food weeks dot their calendar. According to the community’s belief system, the choice of relationships, clothing, and music all matter where health is concerned, and every effort is made to create an environment conducive to healing. This consciousness is woven into the lifestyle, resulting in an admired comprehensive health literacy. In 2006, Ghana’s Ministry of Health summoned a team from Dimona to assist in the development of a health and nutrition program crucial to that West African country.

      The Hebrews also participate in civic activities of the State of Israel. Since 2004, more than 125 of their youth have served in the Israel Defense Forces. Defending their homeland is viewed as a moral obligation, and other members of the community reach out to the neighboring Arab population. By virtue of their experience in overcoming prejudice, the group considers itself uniquely positioned to mediate disputes where ethnicity and other differences are at the root of social strife. A conflict resolution center, the Dr. Martin Luther King/SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference)-Ben Ammi Center for a New Humanity, opened in 2005.

      Israel’s Foreign Ministry considers the community a corps of goodwill ambassadors. They are particularly active throughout Africa. Today, the frictions that once characterized the community’s relationship with the Israeli government and with Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox parties, who denied the community members were Jewish, are a distant memory.

      Times may not have always been rosy for the community, but along the way, public praises have poured forth: the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus recognized them as a “miracle in the desert,” and the Foreign Ministry’s website calls them “a phenomenon in a land of phenomena.” http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/african-hebrew-israelites/

      So how are they a “cult”? You should offer some evidence for this assertion.

      For example, because you drop by to unload some nasty comments for which you offer no citations, and then move on, I think you are a troll.

      • neggy
        neggy
        July 15, 2015, 11:58 pm

        The whole premise of the original BHI cult involves a crazy conspiracy that the Jews stole Black People’s birthright, and that the Jews are absolute evil, the oppressors of black people for all of history (actually though the people who enslaved the most African blacks were Muslim…)

        There is nothing stopping them from pursuing orthodox conversions and joining the community, but that would entail that they stop hating Jews, which may eventually happen now that they serve in the Army.

      • Kris
        Kris
        July 16, 2015, 11:07 am

        neggy, you forgot to link to the sources for your claims. Just copy and paste the URLs, thanks.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 16, 2015, 4:34 pm

        “There is nothing stopping them from pursuing orthodox conversions and joining the community,”

        Oh the poor Orthodox. Everybody is setting them up to take the hit, be left holding the bag for Zionism.

  5. CigarGod
    CigarGod
    July 15, 2015, 10:33 am

    Thanks, Ben.
    I will spread this far and wide.

  6. amigo
    amigo
    July 15, 2015, 11:23 am

    Gee , and all this time , I thought Israel was a democracy and now it turns out that a person seeking Israeli citizenship has to change their religion to “get in”.

    Oh , wait , which is not available in Israel, nationality or citizenship.It,s all so confusing when it could be so easy.But that would require a constitution which would have to state , that “ALL ” citizens of Israel are equal but as they are not Israel has to be creative in manufacturing laws that facilitate segregation and racism and bigotry.Just ask any Black Jew walking down the street in Israel in IDF uniform who is attacked because he is not a blond blue eyed Jew.

    What a place, what a country.

    • CigarGod
      CigarGod
      July 15, 2015, 11:43 am

      Bam!
      Built in racism.
      Thanks for the opportunity to play: Whack-a-Mole…Zionist version.

    • amigo
      amigo
      July 15, 2015, 12:15 pm

      correction to the above post.

      I stated that the Black Jew was in IDF uniform.That was incorrect but in any case he tried to tell his attackers he was in the IDF and they still beat the crap out of him.Not that I loose sleep over idf,ers beating each other up.Hell , I wish they would go “Gladiator” and fight to the death .

  7. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    July 15, 2015, 3:12 pm

    RE: The Jerusalem Post reports that, according to Israel’s Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA), “Malka and her son were turned away because of suspicions she belongs to the Black Hebrew community . . .” ~ Ben Norton

    Black Hebrew Israelites – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Hebrew_Israelites

  8. Shingo
    Shingo
    July 15, 2015, 4:19 pm

    And they still insist Israel is not apartheid?

    • amigo
      amigo
      July 16, 2015, 7:42 am

      “And they still insist Israel is not apartheid?” Shingo

      And they still insist Israel is a vibrant democracy.They do not mention that women are still forced to sit at the back of the bus.

      ” An ultra-Orthodox woman who refuses to sit at the back of the bus
      There’s no such rule in Jewish law, Chani Weiser notes, but Israel still has dozens of gender-segregated bus lines. ” Haaretz.

      http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/.premium-1.666140

  9. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    July 15, 2015, 5:47 pm

    David Sheen had a good observation on his twitter account. He said anyone who does not adhere to a Euro-centric version of Judaism is not consider a suitable Jew in Israel. They say Palestine is the ancestral land of the Jewish people. But instead of exalting all Jewish cultures from around the world they denigrate anything that is not white and European.

  10. Citizen
    Citizen
    July 15, 2015, 6:34 pm

    Gee, I’m so surprised.

  11. michelle
    michelle
    July 15, 2015, 6:45 pm

    .
    this from the group who claim; the people that believe
    The Christ Jesus is the Jewish Messiah are not Jewish
    .
    one wonders what makes a Jew a Jew
    .
    G-d Bless
    .

  12. iResistDe4iAm
    iResistDe4iAm
    July 16, 2015, 12:33 am

    As stated in the Jerusalem Post article, Idit Malka and her son Kahxin travelled to Israel as visitors (to attend a wedding and visit relatives) and had return tickets to the US (for August 20). They were not making aliya, which begs a few questions:

    – Does the Israeli Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) assume that all American visitors to Israel will overstay their visas, or just African-American visitors (and Palestinian-American visitors)?

    – Does PIBA assume that all converts to Judaism who visit Israel will attempt to make aliya, or just black converts who visit Israel?

    – If PIBA suspected Idit Malka was lying about her intentions, how hard would it be to confirm her story? (does she have siblings in Israel or not, and was there a wedding celebration or not?)

    – If Idit Malka and her son were allowed entry into Israel but failed to depart on 20 August (as per their scheduled return flight), how hard would it be for PIBA to arrest and deport them after the fact (after actually violating Israeli law), which is presumably part of PIBA’s “Border Authority” responsibilities.

    – If the Black Hebrew community living in Israel are a threat to, or have committed crimes against Israel, then why haven’t they been charged, tried and imprisoned? Alternatively, if the community is in Israel illegally, then why haven’t they been deported?

    – On a purely humanitarian level (family reunion considerations), even if Idit Malka wanted to actually make aliya and join her sister and her “five other siblings, all of whom live in Israel”, would two African-Americans really pose such a demographic threat to Israel?

  13. just
    just
    July 16, 2015, 8:38 am

    Related:

    “Father of Israeli soldiers faces deportation despite being eligible for residency
    Aipokoro Molato was never informed by authorities that his children’s service in the IDF made him eligible for resident status.

    An Ethiopian national whose ex-wife and five children are Israeli citizens is about to be deported, although he is entitled to live in Israel.

    Aipokoro Andailalo Molato, 55, was told on Tuesday to prepare for immediate deportation. That despite having three children who served in the IDF, which entitles him to permanent resident status. The state has denied all the family’s requests to grant the status to which he is entitled because he is not Jewish.

    Parents of a soldier who served at least 12 months in the IDF are eligible for permanent resident status, according to the Population and Migration Authority’s regulations. Three of Molato’s children have completed full military service and two of them do regular reserve duty.

    Despite that, even the Be’er Sheva District Court, which heard Molato’s petition against the Interior Ministry’s Population and Migration Authority, chose not to interfere with the authority’s decision to deport him. …”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/.premium-1.666227

  14. Paul Larudee
    Paul Larudee
    August 2, 2016, 11:40 am

    It’s amazing that they didn’t expel some of the original Jews because they were Palestinian. Maybe they did.

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