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‘There is no co-existence with cancer’: Right-wing Israelis demand gov’t give military ‘free hand’ to fight Palestinians

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Brandishing their typical black and yellow flags and Hebrew signs boasting “Kahane was Right” and “There is no co-existence with cancer,” hundreds of right-wing activists took to the streets of Jerusalem Thursday night in a growing phenomenon of public demonstrations led by the country’s leading fascist groups such as Lahava and La Familia. Despite negligible attempts by Israeli police to force the demonstrators from proceeding (the demonstration was not granted prior police approval), the Jewish crowds began marching at around 9 pm when police officers made it readily apparent that they had no intention of halting the mostly youth from making their away across the city

Guided and instigated by far-right ideologues such as Benzion Gopstein and Baruch Marzel, the crowds chanted their usual “Death to Arabs,” “A Jew has a soul, an Arab is a son of a whore,” and other similar malicious slogans.

The marauding Jews marched from the city’s main soccer stadium to the Old City before scores of Israeli riot police prevented them from crossing into the neighboring Palestinians neighborhoods. Upon being denied access to cross the Old City, scuffles and outright fighting erupted between Jewish protesters and riot police, which according to police spokeswoman Luba Samri, resulted in the arrest of four individuals, including three 16 year olds and Gopstein himself. Throughout the ensuing clashes, rocks and pebbles were thrown directly at the police officers, accompanied by the occasional chant of “Arab lovers” and “Israel is a police state.”  From there, the demonstrators dispersed, with many of them raiding the nearby Mamilla shopping center that abuts Jaffa Gate, continuing their chants against Arabs and searching for Palestinians to intimidate and harass. Although the current author did not witness the disturbances in Mamilla, media reports confirm several instances of attacks committed by Jewish rioters, including the use of pepper spray against Arab pedestrians.

Speaking to several participants, the main theme of Thursday’s protest clearly revolved around the perception that the Israeli government, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in particular, was not taking a firm enough hand against the recent stabbings witnessed across the country. One participant, who identified himself as Shai, exhorted that “We need to give the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) a free hand in entering Arab villages, arresting all Arabs suspected of harboring anti-Israel sentiments or supporting these attacks, and destroying the homes of terrorists immediately after any attack.” When questioned about how lone wolf attacks can be prevented using harsher military measures, he returned to the ethos that “We need to let the army do its job thoroughly” as well as claimed that “(Palestinian Prime Minster) Abbas is directly responsible for the spilling of Jewish blood.” A follow up comment that questioned whether political frustration and economic despair could be adequately countered with suppression elicited no response other than “The army will take care of the situation.”

Virulent right wing, racist Jewish groups are certainly not a new phenomenon in the Old City and central square of Jerusalem, but the recent events have nonetheless spawned a markedly more aggressive trend among extremist groups. For example, when an Israeli-Palestinian citizen noted for her peace advocacy and outreach efforts to Jewish citizens participated in a sit-in led by a leftist Israeli group to mourn the death of two Jewish settlers killed in the northern West Bank on October 1, the event soon spiraled out of hand when hundreds of right wing demonstrators noticed the presence of a women wearing a Hijab and proceeded to encircle her, chant unbelievably vulgar insults and threats against her and her family, and flick garbage and cigarette butts at the left-wing activists. As a witness to those events, I can attest to not only the sheer verbal violence directed at a woman whose sole purpose was to express solidarity with her Jewish peers and condemn the loss of life, but also the lackluster response of the nearby Israeli riot police to provide any sort of protection until it was abundantly clear that failing to intervene would result in physical violence (and as one quote from the above 972 article in Hebrew reveals, at least one police officer stated her embarrassment and shame with being forced to protect a group of peace activists). Such instances point to, among things, the hypocrisy of Jewish groups and individuals who claim that Palestinians routinely fail to condemn acts of violence against Israeli civilians, and more importantly, to the growing prevalence and  even dominance of staunch racism throughout the Israeli public sphere.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli political establishment have grown increasingly accustomed to scapegoating Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas for attacks against Israelis, claiming that his “incitement” galvanizes Palestinians to perpetrate acts of violence against Israeli Jews. Notwithstanding Abba’s public statements to the contrary as well as assessments from the Israeli intelligence itself that the PNA leader has not been inciting the Palestinian street to violence, it has grown more and more common for Israelis to blame the aging leader for Palestinian anger. Missing in this sequence of events is the formative and ongoing incitement of Israeli settlers and radicals that dehumanizes Palestinians, encourages Jews to disregard Muslim sensitivities surrounding the Al Aqsa Mosque, and prompts calls for greater militarization and Jewish vigilantism.

Thursday night’s unsanctioned and unlicensed march of Israeli extremists and their willingness to resort to violence against their state’s security forces testify to the impact that incitement is having on Jewish youth throughout the country, and portends an ever-growing threat of entrenching the current spiral of bloodshed.

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  1. pmb1414
    pmb1414
    October 9, 2015, 1:54 pm

    Mimicking the pre-WWII brownshirts? With American taxpayers’ unwitting blessing.
    http://www.britannica.com/topic/SA-Nazi-organization

  2. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    October 9, 2015, 2:23 pm

    RE: “Missing in this sequence of events is the formative and ongoing incitement of Israeli settlers and radicals that dehumanizes Palestinians, encourages Jews to disregard Muslim sensitivities surrounding the Al Aqsa Mosque, and prompts calls for greater militarization and Jewish vigilantism.” ~ Scott Ratner

    MY COMMENT: The cycle of violence* goes round, and round and round! ! !

    * SEE: “Israeli Occupation for Dummies” | by Yoav Litvin | Counterpunch.org | Oct. 8, 2015

    LINK – http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/10/08/israeli-occupation-for-dummies/

  3. Citizen
    Citizen
    October 9, 2015, 2:37 pm

    Depressing that the US mainstream news media and infotainment never go near this stuff in any detail when US taxpayers fund Israel’s #1 tin cup & US reputation is in tatters due to all those UN SC vetoes immunizing Israel from any accountability. Whatever happened to the press’s job to foster informed consent as bedrock of US democracy?

  4. italian ex-pat
    italian ex-pat
    October 9, 2015, 2:44 pm

    Did I read this right? ‘. . . Scuffles and fighting erupted between Jewish demonstrators and the police . . . rocks and pebbles were thrown at the police . . .’
    Didn’t Netanyahu just recently authorize use of gunfire against rock throwers? Did he mean to say ‘Palestinians rock throwers’?

  5. Keith
    Keith
    October 9, 2015, 7:21 pm

    What this indicates to me is the relative ease with which the elites can control the citizenry in pursuit of elite objectives. I am going to guess that the social media was utilized in instigating this lynch mob. One of the features of the social media is its ability to make use of mob psychology on people who are virtually connected even though physically separated. Yes, in spite of all of the euphoria about the internet as the great liberator, the harsh reality is that the internet (writ large) is a quantum leap in social control and imperial soft power.

  6. mcohen.
    mcohen.
    October 9, 2015, 7:44 pm

    Hi Phil any chance your articles could be published in Russian…..you could reach a wider audience

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      October 9, 2015, 9:47 pm

      “Hi Phil any chance your articles could be published in Russian…..you could reach a wider audience”

      You don’t think all the fellow-travelers and red-diaper babies are getting the news?

      “….chant unbelievably vulgar insults and threats against her and her family, and flick garbage and cigarette butts at the left-wing activists.”

      “mcohen” could you please say something to stop Tribal Unity from crying? She’s been hysterical all day. C’mon, why not say something like, oh :”Jews will never let mere political differences cause us to attack each other” or something like that. Is that so hard?

  7. just
    just
    October 10, 2015, 5:25 pm

    “Kerry to Netanyahu and Abbas: Act to Reinstate Calm in West Bank, Jerusalem

    The American administration is trying to restrain the escalation in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holding telephone calls with both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over the weekend. Kerry urged the leaders to act to reduce tensions and reinstate calm .

    The Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement saying that Netanyahu told Kerry he expects the Palestinian Authority “to stop the false, savage incitement that is causing the current terror wave.”

    Kerry said the United States is aware that Israel’s policy is to preserve the status quo on the Temple Mount and not change it, the statement said.

    Abbas’ office also issued a statement saying Kerry told the Palestinian president he was continuing his efforts to calm things down. Abbas told Kerry that Israel must stop allowing the settlers to carry out provocations under the IDF’s protection, which could lead to a general loss of control, the statement said.

    A group of senior diplomats from the member countries of the Middle East Quartet — the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union — is due to come to Israel on Wednesday in a bid to reinstate the calm. The delegation will meet with the National Security Advisor Yossi Cohen, the prime minister’s advisor Isaac Molho and Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem. They will also meet senior Palestinian officials in Ramallah.

    Western diplomats said the delegates intend urging both sides ways to put together confidence-building measures. …”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.679766?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Twaddle. The Quartet ought to stay home and play a requiem for justice and the long- dead peace process farce.

    “US refuses to label Israeli attacks on Palestinians ‘terror’”

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/americas/21559-us-refuses-to-label-israeli-attacks-on-palestinians-terror

    • inbound39
      inbound39
      October 11, 2015, 6:13 am

      The Quartet would be more effective at TiddlyWinks……they have been totally useless and spineless in creating Peace. Particularly slimeball No.1 Tony Blair.

  8. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    October 11, 2015, 12:44 am

    RE: ‘There is no co-existence with cancer’ ~ right-wing Israeli(s)

    MY COMMENT: An ‘existential threat’ to the Jewish Israeli “volk”* ! ! !

    * FROM “THE COORDINATION FORUM FOR COUNTERING ANTISEMITISM” IN ISRAEL (http://antisemitism.org.il/?lang=en):

    [EXCERPT] Wilhelm Marr (1819-1904) was a German agitator and theorist, who coined the term “antisemitism” as a euphemism for the German Judenhass, or “Jew-hate”.
    Marr was an unemployed journalist, who claimed that he had lost his job due to Jewish interference. A political conservative, he was influenced by the conservative pan-German movement, as expounded by Johann Gottfried von Herder, who developed the idea of the Volk, and the Burschenschaft movement of the early nineteenth century, which developed out of frustration among German students with the failure of the Congress of Vienna to create a unified state out of all the territories inhabited by the Volk. The latter rejected the participation of Jewish and other non-German minorities as members, “unless they prove that they are anxious to develop within themselves a Christian-German spirit” (a decision of the “Burschenschaft Congress of 1818”). While they were opposed to the participation of Jews in their movement, like Heinrich von Treitschke later, they did allow for the possibility of the Jewish (and other) minorities participating in the German state if they were to abandon all signs of ethnic and religious distinctiveness and assimilate completely into German Volk.
    Marr took these philosophies one step further by rejecting the premise of assimilation as a means for Jews to become Germans. In his pamphlet Der Weg zum Siege des Germanentums über das Judentum (The Way to Victory of Germanicism over Judaism, 1879) he introduced the idea that Germans and Jews were locked in a longstanding conflict, the origins of which he attributed to race — and that the Jews were winning. He argued that Jewish emancipation resulting from German liberalism had allowed the Jews to control German finance and industry. Furthermore, since this conflict was based on the different qualities of the Jewish and German races, it could not be resolved even by the total assimilation of the Jewish population. According to him, the struggle between Jews and Germans would only be resolved by the victory of one and the ultimate death of the other. A Jewish victory, he concluded, would result in finis Germaniae (the end of the German people). To prevent this from happening, in 1879 Marr founded the League of Antisemites (Antisemiten-Liga), the first German organization committed specifically to combatting the alleged threat to Germany posed by the Jews and advocating their forced removal from the country. . .

    SOURCE – http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/Wilhelm%20Marr

  9. Marnie
    Marnie
    October 11, 2015, 8:13 am

    Headlines from Arutz Sheva just today – horrifying

    1) – Shaked Vows to Demolish More Terrorists’ Homes

    In visit to Henkin family home, Justice Minister promises that measures to legalize full demolition of terrorists’ homes underway.

    By Hezki Ezra First Publish: 10/11/2015, 11:04 AM

    2) – Bennett: Government Guidelines Say No Palestinian State

    Jewish Home chairman says that if Herzog wants to join the coalition, he will have to accept the coalition’s guidelines. By Orli Harari

    3) – Op-Ed: Europe Reaped Profits in Iran While 21 Israeli Jews were being Killed

    The Iran nuclear deal will trigger a major war in the Middle East and it is already triggering the Third Intifada. Published: Sunday, October 11, 2015 7:35 AM

    4) – Op-Ed: Welcome to the “New Middle East” Moshe Feiglin

    Ever widening circles in the enlightened world negate the legitimacy of our national existence with increasing venom. Published: Sunday, October 11, 2015 7:14 AM

    5) US-Israeli Defense Vehicle to Premiere at Major Conference

    Anti-tank technology the best in the US, Israel; hundreds were in use during Protective Edge.

    By Arutz Sheva Staff. First Publish: 10/11/2015, 11:52 AM

    6) Watch: Israeli Man Places ‘Pork’ on Terrorist’s Body

    Witness to Friday stabbing attack shown ‘sticking a pork in’ dead terrorist; some say it’s the ‘idea of the year.’

    By Tova Dvorin. First Publish: 10/11/2015, 8:41 AM

    7) Jewish Home MK: Shoot Terrorists in the Head

    Yinon Magal blames ongoing terror on media’s ‘left-wing ideology’ and warns terrorists Israel will respond to knives with machine guns. By Cynthia Blank (also see larger story re: “left-wing ideology” next).

    From +972
    By Dahlia Scheindlin
    |Published October 10, 2015
    Racial attack on Israeli TV crew a sign of extremism turning normal

    An attack on a television news crew indicates that the violence of the far right has reached the heart of Israeli cities.

    A television crew from Israel’s Channel 2 was attacked on Thursday evening by onlookers while covering a stabbing attack in the northern city of Afula. The reporter, Furat Nasser, is an Arab citizen, while the camera and sound man were Jewish. The men who surrounded them shoved and struck the sound man, who was later hospitalized. In the video men in the crowd can be heard cursing the police, the press, and Arabs. Channel 2 anchor Yonit Levy was visibly shaken as she spoke with Nasser; top media executives immediately condemned the incident.

    But the attack did not happen in a vacuum. In just the few minutes of violence, several troubling currents in Israeli society clashed.

    First, one of the people in the crowd shouts, “the police are shit,” as the shoving begins. The scuffling goes on and another one aims his words at Nasser – “Arab asshole.” Just before the end of the clip, another one says “take your cameras and leave – you guys coming in to film us – leave.”

    In the emotional aftermath of a stabbing attack, why is the anger being pointed at the police? The Israeli right has long nurtured the perception that Israeli authorities are too lenient on Palestinians and do not sufficiently protect Jews – the towering example was the assassination Yitzhak Rabin. But the attitude is usually associated with radical fringes and extremist settlers. The far-right organization “Honenu,” which provides legal representation to Jews detained for violence against Palestinians, has a series of cartoon illustrations on its website; three of them are incendiary attacks on the police.

    The Channel 2 attack indicates that far-right suspicions of the police are not limited to settlers, but have reached the heart of Israeli cities.

    Similarly, the right in Israel has long held that the entire media has a left-wing bias. They view the liberal daily newspaper Haaretz as no different from the top-viewed television station Channel 2, which is geared at the most mainstream of Israeli viewers.

    I have spoken to mainstream centrist and center-right Israelis who take it as a point of fact that the media is left-wing. What that means to these Israelis is that the press portrays religious Jews poorly. The media hates settlers and portrays them all as terrorists, troublemakers, extremists. Religious Jews and settlers are responsible for all that is wrong in society. The press sees Palestinians as the underdog.

    The greatest resentment is reserved for the international press, on which there is practically a consensus of anti-Israel bias. The sense of being maligned in the international media therefore unifies rather than divides Israeli Jews.

    Physical manifestations of that anger occur routinely. Just a couple of weeks ago, soldiers destroyed the equipment of Italian and Palestinian photographers in the West Bank. A few months earlier, there was a similar attack on journalists covering West Bank protests. In fact these attacks are fairly somewhat, but they are generally reported only when caught on film and rarely get any play in the Israeli press.

    By contrast to the global media, hating the Israeli press corps is generally limited to the far right. But fringe attitudes are marching steadily towards the rest of the country. When Honenu publishes a cartoon illustrating the press roasting a settler and a soldier on a spit, the impact is apparently far-reaching.

    In another Honenu cartoon, journalists are portrayed as headless – instead TV cameras and microphones emerge from their necks. In my interpretation, there is an implicit message that lopping off their heads would reduce the evil they do.

    To paraphrase a United States Supreme Court judge, I can’t necessarily define incitement, but I know it when I see it. Honenu may be the extreme right, but it is one of the most commonly cited sources on Arutz 7, a mainstream right news media outlet. The Channel 2 attack no longer looks like an anomaly in this context.

    But the racist element of the attack on a young Arab reporter indicates the greatest danger of all: that the political conflict is sliding into all-out ethnic war.

    What’s the difference? It has always been an Arab-Israeli conflict, after all. Racism against the other ethnic group has always been a powerful dimension here.

    But when ethnic identity becomes the basis for violence among ordinary people rather than specific political claims, things can get even worse. Ethnic conflict is no longer a typical war with institutions – states, armies, or militia groups – fighting organized militants on the other side. Rather, regular people go beyond racist attitudes and undertake vigilante violence against one another. It can be spontaneous, unorganized, individualized, and therefore harder to anticipate and control. It is fed by rumor, revenge cycles, and incitement. Simply belonging to the wrong ethnic group puts one at risk – whether one is a Palestinian combatant in the West Bank or a Palestinian-Israeli journalist inside Israel; whether one is an Israeli soldier actively fighting Palestinians, or a civilian in Kiryat Gat.

    Once again, the origin of this slide lies in the margins. The right-wing Israeli press commonly refers to “Arabs” in news report rather than “Palestinians.” That is because the right is unwilling to acknowledge the national identity and the claim to statehood, but also to scramble any indicator of a political grievance behind the violence. Instead the right pins terrorism and violence on “Arabs,” implying, well, anyone who is Arab.

    Palestinian rhetoric also frequently targets Jews – that is why there are often attacks on ultra-Orthodox people, who can be clearly identified. Whether one defines “Jewish” as an ethnicity or a religion is less relevant than the consequence – that all Jews become targets. Complicating things, far-right settlers leaders reinforce this by conspicuously using the term “Jewish” as a basis for Israeli political activity. A settler leader said that the “Jewish response” to the murder of a couple in the West Bank is more settlement construction; there are many similar examples.

    I’ve often observed that occupation behavior does not stop at the Green Line. It now seems that the boundary between extremism and the mainstream is dissolving altogether.”

    • just
      just
      October 11, 2015, 8:47 am

      I appreciate you linking to and highlighting the garbage in the headlines, Marnie.

      I appreciate Dahlia Scheindlin’s article. I get very uneasy, though, when I read this:

      “What’s the difference? It has always been an Arab-Israeli conflict, after all. Racism against the other ethnic group has always been a powerful dimension here.”

      There are 20% of Israelis that are Palestinian ‘Arabs’. There are 80% of Israelis that claim it as a Jewish state and stake their claim on some heavenly granted belonging to/entitlement to same. How can one say that there’s anything other than a Jewish supremacist ideology in practice in Israel, and in the greater world? One that is enabled by the West and most of the Arab states? I never read in any holy book that it is ok to commit genocide as the enabled Israelis and their supporters have.

      I get it that she’s upset. She hasn’t yet faced the full truth. The 95% that supported the massacre last summer should have informed her. I hope that she faces the horror that is the majority in Israel and their complicit supporters~ soon.

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        October 11, 2015, 12:17 pm

        Thanks Just – I think she’s sitting on the fence still – hope she wakes up

  10. Les
    Les
    October 11, 2015, 10:59 am

    ‘There is no co-existence with cancer”

    Abbas’ accomdation to Israel says otherwise.

  11. Vera Gottlieb
    Vera Gottlieb
    October 11, 2015, 11:36 am

    And I’ll continue to be ashamed of my Jewish background. These people are not human and not humane either. The world’s blindness is appalling.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      October 11, 2015, 3:14 pm

      “And I’ll continue to be ashamed of my Jewish background.”

      Not me, Vera. I’ll be damned if I give them that satisfaction! That is what they want. If making Judaism a religion and culture of unashamed brutality is their goal, I have no intention of helping them.

    • Les
      Les
      October 11, 2015, 5:25 pm

      If Judaism is to be resued from zionists, who else but Jews have that responsibility?

  12. lysias
    lysias
    October 11, 2015, 2:26 pm

    The Nazis often compared the Jews to cancer.

      • Boomer
        Boomer
        October 11, 2015, 4:36 pm

        Some of us must depend on Google Translate, which isn’t perfect, but better than nothing:

        Cologne journalist Markus Weber concludes with a study presented at the University of Witten / Herdecke research gap

        Nazis have the metaphor of the deadly disease cancer used deliberately to discriminate against alleged “enemies of the people”, especially Jews and homosexuals.
        This historical evidence takes one of Witten / Herdecke University (Institute of Immunology, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Kurt Zänker) these days presented dissertation as an opportunity to examine the suitability of the cancer metaphor for the propaganda purposes of the Nazis in detail.
        The Witten Promovent and Cologne journalist Markus Weber (38) attests to the metaphor of one for the Nazi ideology central, still inadequately explored role. Apparently even then the widespread already in the public fear of the disease has been cannibalized. What could impersonate “cancer”, became the enemy and justified “drastic” countermeasures. Weber shows that the conceptual potential threat, inter alia, was transferred to capitalism, communism and democracy and thus misused politically by the Nazis; Terms, all of which were anti-Semitic besetzbar, so that Jews as a “cancer” were – and not just physically (keyword: “biological inferiority”), but also “racial soul” as the representatives of all that which the Nazis had ideologically declared war , In addition comes in the cancer metaphor because of twinned with her analogy between organism and State expressed that the Nazis and the non-Jewish individual to “cell” reduced paid tribute, had to add the located Totalitarianism and identified in the case of opposition as “degenerate” and from the “people’s body” was excreted.
        Besides the fact that apparently still no researcher has taken care of this seemingly obvious issue before Weber, his findings also appear therefore sensational, because they provide a key to understanding cancer therapeutic practice in the Third Reich under the influence of Nazi ideology. Weber specifies namely a free up-stored in cancer imagery disease concept that cancer is a general suffering and the tumor represented only a belated symptom in origin. By Nazi doctors, therefore the cancer surgery has been discredited as merely local treatment that does not grabbed the evil at its root.
        Not least were Weber’s research shows that the anti-Semitic cancer metaphor is not an invention of the Nazis. It is detectable in the 17th century, and even Jews themselves made use of it (keyword: “Jewish self-hatred”).

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        October 11, 2015, 8:29 pm

        Well, the rude, hasbara thugs have used that word in response to my comments too. They also used it on President Carter. They are scum, and vicious in action and words.

        Must be learned behavior from those who were vicious to them.

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