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This article was originally published at Savage Mind noting “This essay is a very important anthropological contribution to the renewed U.S. Black-Palestinian solidarity sweeping the academy and beyond.” 

The author offers her “full support for the Resolution put forth by the Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions. Please note that the resolution explicitly calls for the boycott of institutions and not individual academics.”

The video begins mid-action. A Black man sprawls on the ground. He seems injured. He tries to move but his efforts are slow, labored, slight. There is blood beneath him, fresh and bright against the polished white floor. On the edge of the frame, people move frantically. The Black man is encircled. Someone holding a gun – he looks like a soldier – steps forward and kicks the Black man in the head. From the bottom right of the screen, an orange bench is thrown, smashing into the head of the Black man. Someone – another soldier? – waves the others back and lifts the bench from the Black man’s head. Another man carrying a book bag quickly walks towards the Black man and swiftly kicks him in the head. His body spins across the floor, leaving a large smear of red blood. The man with the book bag walks away, unhurried. The Black man tries to lift his arm. A large White man places the legs of a tall stool over him. The man appears to be shielding the man on the floor from further attack; he yells at the crowd, flailing his arms, waving people away as they try to advance on the Black man. He is actually trying to keep the Black man from escaping. A person from the growing mob gets in another kick at the almost lifeless Black man on the ground, and the stool is briefly knocked away. The large man quickly replaces the stool over the victim while frantically screaming at and waving away the enraged mob.

I can no longer watch.

Hours after the attack, the Black man succumbs to his injuries and dies.

When I came across the video, it was captioned “Horrific footage of Israelis beating Eritrean refugee falsely accused of being bus station attacker and shot on site.”

His name was Habtom Zerhom. He was twenty-nine years old. He had migrated from Eritrea to Israel seeking political asylum. On that fateful day, he had gone to Beersheba, the capital of Negev, to renew his work visa. He was in the Beersheba’s bus station when an Israeli soldier was attacked and shot by someone the media referred to as an “Arab citizen of Israel.” After the attack, Mr. Zerhom scrambled to get away with the rest of the crowd. But according to official sources, Israeli security forces assumed he was with the attacker and shot him multiple times. Mr. Zerhom was shot, according to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, “Just because of his skin color.” The mob kicked him and spat on him, while screaming “death to Arabs” and “Arabs out!” reportedly “mistook him for a terrorist.”

The “lynching” of Habtom Zerhom has been reported as an isolated incident, even as there is the occasional, muted recognition that African immigrants and other Black populations in Israel have been subject to dehumanizing discrimination – often propagated by the State of Israel itself. Indeed, incited by prominent Israeli officials, attacks on African migrants and other Blacks have been on the rise. In 2012, for instance, I wrote about a spate of attacks, in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, that included the firebombing of apartments and a kindergarten used by Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers, racist protests, and mob assaults (see photo stream here). Some have described these attacks and protests as a coordinated pogrom against Africans. The Haaretz journalist, Ilan Lior, who was present at the anti-African rally in Tel Aviv on May 23, 2012,  described his reaction:

I’ve covered terror attacks, funerals, car accidents, and protests. I’ve seen fury, frustration, despair, and sadness in a variety of places and forms. But I’ve never seen such hatred as it was displayed on Wednesday night in the Hatikva neighborhood. If it weren’t for the police presence, it would have ended in lynching. I have no doubt.

In early January 2014, a fifty-nine-year old Israeli man stabbed an eighteen-month-month-old Eritrean girl in the head with scissors as she was being held in her mother’s arms at the Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv. Once caught, the man told police, “I attacked black terrorists, she’s a black baby.” He then continued, saying of Africans living in Tel Aviv: “I hate them, they’re black and they make a big mess.”

These attacks by individuals and mobs are bolstered by equally disturbing racist language of some Israeli politicians as well as the punitive anti-Black actions by the Israeli state. In 2012, the most vocal of these politicians was Minister of Internal Affairs Eli Yishai, who consistently argued that the country must solve the “problem of the infiltrators,” African immigrants. Like many protesters, he accused African asylum seekers of spreading disease and raping Israeli women. Yishai was also adamant that Israel “belongs to us, to the white man.” In fact, several leading Israeli politicians, many of them from the ruling Likud party headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, addressed a May 2012, anti-African rally in Tel Aviv. At the rally, Likud MP, Miri Regev, stated that, “the Sudanese were a cancer in our body.” Parliamentarian Ben-Ari (who was once a member of the Meir Kahane Movement, banned in Israel and placed on the U.S. State Department’s Terror List) demanded that all “African infiltrators” be deported. Meanwhile, Knesset member Aryeh Eldad of the National Union said that, “anyone that penetrates Israel’s border should be shot.”

Netanyahu has argued that Africans threaten “the social fabric of society” and the “Jewish and democratic character of the country.” While claiming to denounce anti-African violence, his official response was to order the immediate deportation of 25,000 African asylum seekers and to erect a border fence between Israel and Egypt. Moreover, a new law went into effect in June 2012 allowing the Israeli government to hold all African asylum seekers – including women and children – in prison for up to three years without charge. (After intervention by Israeli NGOs against this long-term detention, the Israeli High Court of Justice ordered that this law was revised to reduce detention to no more than twelve months.) The Israeli government in late 2013 began offering the mainly Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers each a cash amount of $3500 and a one way ticket to return to their country of origin – or to a third party country. If they refuse, they are sent to the recently built Holot detention center for African asylum seekers – a sprawling “open prison” in the Negev desert. (Israeli officials summoned the father of the 18 month-old Eritrean girl who was stabbed in the head to the Holot detention center just a few months after the stabbing, and while his daughter was still receiving treatment at the hospital.) Although the Israeli government is now only allowed to hold asylum seekers in Holot for 12 months, it bans the released former prisoners from entering, living, or working in cities such as Eliat and Tel Aviv, places where the Eritrean and Sudanese migrants have community. They also only have two months to renew their conditional release visas. If these asylum seekers have no place to go, or refuse to “self-deport,” they can be sent to Saharonim prison and held indefinitely.

The treatment of African migrants is as much about race and Blackness/anti-Blackness as it is about asylum. In fact, we can get a better sense of the vitriolic nature of anti-Blackness by seeing the responses of some Israelis to other Israelis who protest against anti-African violence. For example, in a video shot right after an anti-African rally, a lone Israeli woman who disagreed with the racism and xenophobia of the protestors is brusquely insulted and threatened by the crowd. In front of children, men and women protesters shouted: “A Sudanese man will rape you in the ass,” “May your daughter be raped,” “May your mother be raped,” and “She wants some nigger dick.” Similarly, Israeli human rights organizations assisting migrants have received threats of arson and rape. The marshaling of the typical anti-Black stereotypes of hypersexuality, criminality, and disease, and now “terror,” and the increased violence and incitement against Black/African asylum seekers, reflects a disturbing trend. But the recent reports that Jewish Ethiopian women were forcibly injected with long-acting contraceptives (which has ultimately decreased the Ethiopian Jewish population by 50 percent), and that Ethiopian Jews remain severely marginalized in Israel, confirms the depth of anti-Blackness in Israeli society. Significantly, it underscores, if not exposes, Zionism as an explicit racial project.

The rise in this crude form of racism and anti-Black violence seen in the attack on Mr. Zerhom are not unrelated to the ongoing dehumanization of Palestinians under Israeli occupation. By now, we know all too well the ongoing trauma of the Palestinian people through displacement and military occupation: the expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians during the founding of Israel (“al-Nakbah”); the siege of Gaza and its separation from the West Bank; the dual system of laws that allow the indefinite detention and imprisonment of children (some in solitary confinement), students, politicians; dehumanizing checkpoints; the forced immobility of students and scholars; the rewriting of history texts; home demolitions; destruction of olive trees; and most recently the full out bombardments and summary executions of Palestinians, young and old, men and women. The recent report by the Task Force on the American Anthropological Association Engagement on Israel-Palestine carefully documents some of these practices, confirming that the Palestinian people continue to suffer through an occupation buttressed by a legal apparatus that impacts all areas of life and that depends on violence against the living—and the dead.

The Zionist dehumanization of Palestinians and its culture of anti-Blackness depend on the same system and, as scholar and activist Angela Y. Davis reminds us, “its outbursts are not isolated incidents.” Indeed, Davis’s words come in the context of a renewed U.S. Black-Palestinian solidarity movement, one that builds similar work dating back to the early 1960s. During the summer of 2014, as Israel waged yet another military assault on Gaza, young Black people in Ferguson were protesting the killing of Michael Brown (as well as the posthumous desecration of his body and dehumanization of his person) and battling racialized state sponsored violence and repression. Many in the Black-Palestinian solidary movement point to the fact that Palestinians were among the first to voice solidarity for protestors in Ferguson. At the same time, a delegation from the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson visited Palestine and the Occupied Territories. Protestors in the U.S. also revealed that U.S. police have traveled to Israel for seminars in “counterterrorism techniques,” that include combat training and tours of border checkpoints, military facilities and surveillance. On a trip to occupied Palestine, Black community organizer Cherrell Brown acknowledged that the struggles of U.S. Blacks and Palestinians are not the same but remarked that “many parallels exist between how the US polices, incarcerates, and perpetuates violence on the black community and how the Zionist state that exists in Israel perpetuates the same on Palestinians.” As the lynching of Mr. Zerhom reminds us, Black people living within Israel –asylum seekers, documented residents, and citizens – can easily become victims of the ethno-supremacist Zionist edifice.

My support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction (BDS) movement against Israeli cultural and academic institutions (not individuals)3 emerges in this context of solidarity through similarity and difference, and out of an understanding of the life and death matters of state sponsored racialized violence transnationally. As a Black anthropologist with cultural, political, and research concerns in communities of African descent, I know too well the ways that global structures of race and power operate to control, destroy, debase, punish, and dehumanize. I understand that anti-Blackness in Israel is but a symptom of the broader culture and practice of Palestinian disenfranchisement. Even as I recognize that anti-Blackness exists in most societies4, I stand in solidarity with the Palestinian right of self-determination. As a U.S. citizen whose tax dollars are used to support a violent racial state that refuses to comply with international law, I say “not in my name!” And as a human being concerned with social justice and equality for all, I cannot look away5 – and I cannot stay silent.

For more information on the upcoming boycott vote at the AAA, Friday November 20 at 6:15 pm, see: Voting at #AAA2015 — What You Need to KnowVOTE YES on Resolution #2.

Jemima Pierre

Jemima Pierre is Associate Professor in the Departments of African American Studies and Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research and teaching interests are located in the overlaps between African Studies and African Diaspora Studies and engage three broad areas: race, racial formation theory, and political economy; culture and the history of anthropological theory; and transnationalism, globalization, and diaspora. Pierre is the author of The Predicament of Blackness: Postcolonial Ghana and the Politics of Race.

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  1. jexni on November 12, 2015, 4:02 pm

    This continued attempt to compare the illegal colonization of Palestine by Zionist, to the treatment of Blacks in America is beyond absurd. There is so much pro Israel propaganda in the US it is difficult for most Americans to understand what is going on in Palestine or even that there is a Palestine.

    And when the Palestinian movement aligns itself with the Black Lives Matter movement it reinforces the perception among many in the US that Palestinians have no legitimate grievances, are at best radical Jacobins and are simply engaged in terrorism against innocent Israeli’s.

    I know allies are scarce but be careful about […]

    • diasp0ra on November 12, 2015, 5:25 pm

      Palestinians as African Americans both have legitimate grievances. That some do not view them as such does not detract from this legitimacy, and if we were to act in order to appease Americans then we should have just left the country decades ago.

    • Stephen Shenfield on November 12, 2015, 5:35 pm

      How many Americans even know what a Jacobin is?

      • Mooser on November 12, 2015, 5:46 pm

        “How many Americans even know what a Jacobin is?”

        A Jacobin is where all the Halloween pumpkins should be deposited for recycling.

      • Pixel on November 12, 2015, 10:21 pm

        How many Americans even know what a Jacobin is?

        My guess… less than those who know what a jackalope is.

    • annie on November 12, 2015, 5:42 pm

      “dogs you lay down with”? how did this racist comment even get past moderation?

      only for a person who thinks the Black Lives Matter movement has no legitimate grievances would have the perception an alignment with Palestinians would reinforce an impression Palestinians have no legitimate grievances.

      what a hideous first comment on this blog by “jexni” and it’s disgusting you are initiating the conversation on this thread with your grotesque racism. read our comment policy.

      1. No racist or sexist comments. This includes anti-Arab, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic comments (and yes, Christian-bashing too). This includes comments that disparage, intimidate or attack a person based on perceived ethnicity or gender. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/policy#sthash.WRx57Zwl.dpuf

      and i cannot think of better allies in this country. not in my wildest dreams.

      • DaBakr on November 13, 2015, 1:19 am

        @an

        I think you misread or jumped to conclusions on the “hideous” front. I really think this poster is both anti-racism against Blacks and with BLM in the US and anti-Zionist, against Israelis and for the Palestinians in the I/P conflict. I think her problem was just disagreeing with conflating the two together as closely as they have been pushed. While they share some similarities as do many other minority groups.(but ones which are not called upon to join with Blacks or Latinos or Immigrants or others) with this pairing it serves to diminish both groups. Most Americans know what they know about the Palestinians from MSM. While I think they learn extremely biased news against Israel I am aware you see things the opposite with MSM doing Zionist bidding. Fine. The vast majority of Americans don’t care. The BLM-in the eyes of the typical American middle class between the east and the left coasts will assume (I explained) BLM is just another left-wing progressive front while the Palestinians diminish their own unique status and cause by implying that ‘their’ struggle is one and the same with the BLM struggle. Again-there are only anecdotal similarities inflated by the group leaders staff to draw as much crowds and therefore donations.
        So-if I thought Jx was a real Zionist I might understand your pique. But I am certain she is not and rigorouslty supports Palestinians goals at the expense of the Zionist entity and both its civilian and service citizens. Jesse Jackson already tried his rainbow coalition and it appears at least publicly in shambles. Peace Now in Israel, EU and US is struggling at under 10%. The BLM may very well be ‘friends’ with the BDS and PSM but in too esoteric away to benefit the Palestinian institutions that rule their every dy lives

      • annie on November 13, 2015, 7:33 pm

        @an

        I think you misread or jumped to conclusions on the “hideous” front. I really think this poster is both anti-racism … and anti-Zionist… and for the Palestinians

        Bakr, the poster referenced an idiom. one when used against an ethnic group is blatantly racist. zionism is an ideology (anti being against the ideology), not an ethnicity therefore it is not applicable in the context in which it was used. it’s irrelevant to me if the commenter is “for the palestinians” or “with BLM”. there’s only one way to read the idiom when applied to a people:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:If_you_lie_down_with_dogs,_you_get_up_with_fleas

    • DaBakr on November 12, 2015, 9:47 pm

      @jx

      I agree the “continued attempt” is absurd. I probably have a much different take on though. I think that by aligning themselves with the far-left fringe progressives in EU and US the Palestinians have again-as they have before-cut off their noses to spite their face. I actually do agree with you that the linking up of these two completely disparate causes is detrimental to the Palestinian cause. It trivializes their problem. It gives them false hope that by linking with other far-left fringe they will improve their chances of accomplishing their goals.

      The kind of allies they need are friends that can speak cold hard truths to them about what will be entailed to accomplish a solution-unless they simply wish until fate, time and circumstance turn their way (10-50-200 years? who knows. Israel has friends in the EU, Asia and US to scold, berate and push for both large and more subtle shifts in attitudes. The Palestinians have almost nobody of merit telling them what the consequences of indoctrinating their young into praising violent attacks against Jews, that Israel does;t exist, that Jews were never native to the land etc. Trying to link with BLM delegitimizes both groups as if BLM really needed to link to outside US groups there are dozens of causes, groups and peoples that have a closer links to the unique Black American experience. People of common sense will assume the BLM is just another one of the left-wing Palestinian front groups like JVP, SJP, BDS, and many more.

      I could go on but I am sure that peanut gallery around here is already going to choke and jump all over with names and insults and descriptions of Zionists as far far more evil then any other human (if they even believe Zionist human) on earth. Simpletons.

      • talknic on November 13, 2015, 3:57 am

        @ DaBakr “I think that by aligning themselves with the far-left fringe progressives in EU and US the Palestinians have again-as they have before-cut off their noses to spite their face.”

        Far better to align themselves with the far right eh? And suffer more dispossession, illegal settlements

        “It gives them false hope that by linking with other far-left fringe they will improve their chances of accomplishing their goals”

        Like having been recognized by the majority of the UN. Wasn’t with the help of the far right!

        “The kind of allies they need are friends that can speak cold hard truths to them about what will be entailed to accomplish a solution-unless they simply wish until fate, time and circumstance turn their way (10-50-200 years? who knows. Israel has friends in the EU, Asia and US to scold, berate and push for both large and more subtle shifts in attitudes. “

        Yes we know how Zionist bullsh*t flows

        “The Palestinians have almost nobody of merit telling them what the consequences of indoctrinating their young into praising violent attacks against Jews, that Israel does;t exist, that Jews were never native to the land etc. “

        The Israelis will never learn that occupation and the illegal acquisition of territory comes at a cost

        “I could go on …”

        Uh huh. Just a little more steaming Ziopoop to top your post off. Charming

      • eljay on November 13, 2015, 7:56 am

        || DaBakr: … The kind of allies they need are friends that can speak cold hard truths to them about what will be entailed to accomplish a solution … Israel has friends in the EU, Asia and US to scold, berate and push for both large and more subtle shifts in attitudes. … ||

        Israel’s friends are to it what his buddies and the dirty cops are to the rapist: They enable, support, justify and defend his past and on-going criminal behaviour. But, sure, they push for sanitary conditions in his basement “pleasure room” and sometimes they even urge him not to beat his victims too badly.

      • Mooser on November 13, 2015, 12:25 pm

        “The kind of allies they need are friends that can speak cold hard truths to them about what will be entailed to accomplish a solution-unless they simply wish until fate, time and circumstance turn their way (10-50-200 years? who knows.”

        Yes, cold, hard truths, like, oh, a graph showing the world’s Jewish population in the last 200 years, who knows? And graphs of a few other things, too.

      • SeekerJBP on November 13, 2015, 8:49 pm

        I have been struggling with this same question. As an empathetic Human, though white and American (I did not capitalize this… Human I capitalize, a.merican is just an accident of birth), I speak out for both causes… as an outsider that tries to learn and listen to the people who are suffering before I form an opinion…

        I can see the similarities. I can see the differences. But from what I read and ask people about, the real people… both sides are more willing to join forces. Racism is bigger than any national border. Elitism and religious supremacy is bigger than any nation because it flows over into many (I offer AIPAC as an example, but there are many other similar “ideals” with many different reasons for existing).

        Maybe some are starting to realize this is a bigger than local, nation, region, continent type problem. I hope it adds more power to the snowball effect. Each has to choose what level they want to work at. But a UNITED effort to change the underlying problem will for everyone, over time, have the greatest gains.

        It may also slow some… only time will tell. But overall, if a small change occurs in a region or country (US Jim Crow era as example attempt to defeat racism in only localized areas) it has not proven to last over time. Racists feed off each other’s cause and energy. Maybe it is time for us to look at this avenue of a universal belief. Ours are at least for peace and equality and unity. Maybe we are wrong. But it just seems a lot more healthy for all of us to look for a unifying answer rather than a dividing one.

        Like I said… this is what I have been battling with myself. So far, this is where I stand.

        Comments welcome (I will regret that I am sure) but I want to hear all sides that speak from their heart and not their anger. I think this debate is diffusing the one we should be having. Racist, fascist, ideas are not regional. If we continue this way, we will win battles, but lose the war. Actually, do both! But understand they rely on each other to survive.

  2. Ozma on November 12, 2015, 6:53 pm

    I’m neither Black nor Jewish, but I think of the Jewish people who died in the Mississippi Freedom Summer fighting for equal rights for Blacks. Small folk have to rub each others backs and hope we can patch together a better world than the war zone we’ve got.
    Neturei Karta had it right when they held up signs saying, “Judaism and Zionism are exact opposites.”

    • DaBakr on November 13, 2015, 1:31 am

      they are also EXTREMELY controversial in the community of orthodox, ultra-orthodox and Chabadniks who understand the complexities and ironies and in the end absolute wrong-headedness of the tiny fraction of Neturei Karta that like to arouse sympathies and controversy by taking this biblical stance in a modern world. The may feel they practice a so-call ‘pure form’ of studying Talmud but there is nobody saying they aren’t a bunch of half-witted nincompoops and useful idiots as well either

      • Mooser on November 13, 2015, 12:53 pm

        “they are also EXTREMELY controversial in the community of orthodox, ultra-orthodox and Chabadniks who understand the complexities and ironies “

        The “complexities and ironies” of being part of the Jewish State religion, and being paid by the Jewish State?

        No, the NK boys don’t seem to understand they could get in on the gravy, do they?

  3. Stephen Shenfield on November 13, 2015, 9:59 am

    Two kinds of racism are common in Israel and among “white” (i.e., pinko-gray) Jews in other countries. One is Jewish racism aimed against Gentiles of all colors. The other is white racism aimed against blacks, including black Jews. The two kinds are logically incompatible but happily coexist in practice, even inside the same heads.

    In rabbinical (Talmudic) Judaism you can find both kinds of racism. Zionism originated as a secular European colonial movement marked more by white than by Jewish racism, but with the rise of a more specifically Judaic (religious) variant of Zionism (the Rabbis Kook etc.) it came to combine both kinds.

    The entry of a largish number of black African refugees into Israel has stimulated more open expression of the white racist component, and this obviously creates clearer common ground between Palestinians and black people in the US and elsewhere. If this development had not occurred the link would have remained more tenuous because Palestinians look no blacker than Israeli Jews. Both are a mix of white and in-between. In the absence of distinctive clothing you really can’t tell the two groups apart, which is unsurprising given that they largely share the same ancestry.

    • lysias on November 13, 2015, 10:20 am

      Don’t forget how the racism of many Israelis helps to explain their extreme hostility to Obama.

      • wondering jew on November 13, 2015, 11:04 am

        lysias- Opposition to an American president who is closest to Jimmy Carter in regards to American foreign policy, was an automatic with the election of Obama who is closer to Jimmy Carter than any other previous post war president. I once looked at Obama, I think it was the cover of the New Republic that turned his photo into two- one white and one black and I thought, how would I feel about a white candidate who palled around with thinkers like Jeremiah Wright and Rashid Khalid and Bill Ayers and I realized that I would feel very uncomfortable as a supporter of Israel with such an American president. I think Obama’s race/color adds a different aspect to the natural hostility that Israelis would feel towards any Carter like foreign policy attitude. It gives it a certain toehold as certainly does his roots in Muslim childhood experiences and a middle name Hussein.

      • Mooser on November 13, 2015, 12:16 pm

        Shorter “Yonah”: ‘If I throw Carter in, maybe I can obfuscate the racism of Zionists.’

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on November 13, 2015, 2:36 pm

        What I need to know is, what on earth are ”Muslim childhood experiences”?

      • wondering jew on November 18, 2015, 12:17 am

        MDM- It would have been more accurate to say his childhood experiences in a Muslim dominant society. From 1967 to 1971 Obama lived in Indonesia. His stepfather was Muslim.

      • Mooser on November 18, 2015, 11:09 am

        “MDM- It would have been more accurate to say his childhood experiences in a Muslim dominant society. From 1967 to 1971 Obama lived in Indonesia. His stepfather was Muslim.”

        And during those 3 or 4 years Obama attended a Jewish Day School run by a “Greater Israel” sect, and took a Birthright Trip to Israel. These are the “childhood experiences” which made Obama the man he is.

      • Mooser on November 18, 2015, 11:12 am

        “What I need to know is, what on earth are ”Muslim childhood experiences”?”

        Well, from what I’ve read here at Mondo, maybe not quite as extreme as “Jewish childhood experiences”.

      • eljay on November 18, 2015, 2:22 pm

        || yonah fredman: … I once looked at Obama … and I realized that I would feel very uncomfortable as a supporter of Israel with such an American president. … ||

        It is truly a terrible thing when a man can’t count on his president to unconditionally support his particular brand of supremacism and the past and-ongoing acts of injustice and immorality that are part and parcel of it. :-(

      • Mooser on November 18, 2015, 4:57 pm

        ” I think Obama’s race/color adds a different aspect to the natural hostility that Israelis would feel towards any Carter like foreign policy attitude”

        And we elected a man of “Obama’s race/color” in spite of that. Gosh, how stupid of us. If only America had catered to Israel’s racism, things might be better!

    • on November 14, 2015, 12:22 am

      Mooser, why always deflect from American racism are interlinked with Zionist racism? How is White Supremacy any different from Jewish Supremacy or Chosenness? I actually think it is worst since it affects far more people locally and globally.

      If I may ask Mooser, do you identify yourself as a white person, or a Jewish person? It appears to me that you are firmly in the former case seeing how often you co-opt with white supremacy denial while tirelessly attack its more recent offshoot, Zionism. What are a grade A hypocrite.

      • Mooser on November 14, 2015, 10:13 am

        ” What are a grade A hypocrite.”

        Yes, I know, “a4tech” you explained it to us before:

        “Hitler opposed slavery, imperialism and neocolonialism that a vast majority of readers here directly or indirectly benefitted from. Hence their cognitive dissonance.” “a4tech” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/a4tech?keyword=Hitler#sthash.lbRE6A7Y.dpuf

        I get it, compared to Hitler, I’m a real bum. Oh, I see “the vast majority of readers here” are worse then Hitler. Care to explain?

    • gamal on November 14, 2015, 11:33 am

      “Racism is like Cadillac, there is a new one every year” Malcolm X

    • Mikhael on November 16, 2015, 3:07 am

      The entry of a largish number of black African refugees into Israel has stimulated more open expression of the white racist component

      The violent interactions that have occurred have happened mostly in poor neighborhoods like Shapira and Neve Shaanan in South Tel Aviv, where long underserved veteran residents feel like the migrants have been dumped on them. After recurring incidents where Israelis were robbed or assaulted by migrants, tensions boiled over and vigilante violence erupted. The migrants attacked by the Israeli vigilantes of course had nothing to do with the violence, but mobs of course are not known for making this type of distinction. As I pointe

      and this obviously creates clearer common ground between Palestinians and black people in the US and elsewhere.

      Sure. Tell this to the blacks beaten up by the Arabs in Kafr Manda.

      • talknic on November 17, 2015, 8:52 am

        Mikhael ” The violent interactions that have occurred have happened mostly in poor neighborhoods like Shapira and Neve Shaanan in South Tel Aviv, where long underserved veteran residents feel like the migrants have been dumped on them”

        Imagine how the Palestinians 1897 to the present must feel …

        “After recurring incidents where Israelis were robbed or assaulted by migrants, tensions boiled over and vigilante violence erupted. “

        “vigilante violence”? WTF happened to the police?

        “The migrants attacked by the Israeli vigilantes of course had nothing to do with the violence, but mobs of course are not known for making this type of distinction. “

        Israeli vigilantes, from the light amongst nations … interesting concept

        “Sure. Tell this to the blacks beaten up by the Arabs in Kafr Manda”

        They were Israelis in Kafr Manda

  4. Scott on November 13, 2015, 2:38 pm

    I’ve debated this subject before and don’t want to repeat myself. But I did find myself wondering what Youseff Munnayer, or any young Palestinian intellectual in or close to an American university environment, might really think about the current wave of campus unrest–the frenzied agitation against Halloween costumes, the demands for “safe space”, the desperate search for words from liberal campus administrators that might show offense, the palpable discomfort with free speech. Not what they say, but what they really think.

  5. Chaos4700 on November 13, 2015, 6:55 pm

    Anyone else noticed how the Zionists who are haunting this topic DO NOT CARE about Habtom Zerhom? Like, at all?

    I’m not going to engage in discussion, it’s a bit of a promise I’ve made myself but seeing that, over and over… I really can’t let that pass without some daylight shining on it.

    I feel like it proves the author’s point.

  6. Mooser on November 14, 2015, 10:20 am

    “I feel like it proves the author’s point.”

    Shhhhhh! If you don’t tell them that, they will never figure it out.

  7. Mikhael on November 16, 2015, 2:52 am

    The death of Habtom Zerhom was a terrible tragedy. While the initial shooting can be perhaps attributed to an accidental misidentification with the terrorist, the beating he suffered at the hands of the enraged mob can’t be justified and those who participated in it should be arrested, tried and convicted. Unfortunately, in an atmosphere of wanton violence, it doesn’t take much to incite a fearful mob that can’t always differentiate between friend and foe. Many more Jewish civilians have been falsely identified as knife-wielding terrorists and been set upon by mobs in this tense atmosphere. Ascribing the vigilante beating Mr Zerhom received solely to his skin color is irresponsible and can’t be credited.

    Moreover, while it’s clear that this type of violence mustn’t be tolerated in Israel, it’s also clear that many if not most of the so-called asylum seekers are economic migrants. However, ascribing the few but well publicized attacks against them to Zionist ideology is misleading and dishonest. And not reporting the violent attacks, robberies, muggings, and even rapes committed by some — no doubt a minority — of the migrants against Israeli citizens that the vigilante violence is in part a reaction to is not unexpected from a site like Mondoweiss either. These kinds of frictions unfortunately occur in all parts of the world. There has also been anti-migrant violence in some of the most non-Zionist sectors of Israeli society. Thee Arab citizens of Israel not been especially welcoming to the migrants when their towns suddenly experienced a huge influx of Sudanese:

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4242321,00.html

    http://www.kasheef.com/Article.php?id=5713

    Israel, of course, is hardly unique in this regard; whether the incidents are between Jews and African migrants or Arabs and African migrants.

    If Zionism is to be blamed for engendering violence and a poor reception towards African migrants, then what are we to make of post-Apartheid South Africa’s less-than-welcoming reception to its fellow Africans who go there seeking better opportunity than they can find in their homelands?

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2015/05/xenophobia-south-africa-150501090636029.html

    http://www.theweek.co.uk/63378/south-african-xenophobia-why-is-there-so-much-hatred-of-foreigners

    • annie on November 16, 2015, 4:22 am

      Many more Jewish civilians have been falsely identified as knife-wielding terrorists and been set upon by mobs in this tense atmosphere.

      source? and does “set upon by mobs” of weapons wielding occupation forces apply? because there are many videos confirming that. but the civilians are not jewish, they’re palestinian.

  8. Mikhael on November 17, 2015, 5:06 am

    Annie Robbins November 16, 2015, 4:22 am

    source?

    There have been multiple incidents of Jews who were misidentified as Arab terrorists/stabbers who were attacked by Jews during this recent bout of violence the past few weeks, many gleefully reported here on Mondoweiss as if it was some sort of evidence of anti-Mizrahi racism (ignoring the fact that in nearly every case where this happened, those who attacked them were also Mizrahim).

    and does “set upon by mobs” of weapons wielding occupation forces apply? because there are many videos confirming that. but the civilians are not jewish, they’re palestinian

    There is nothing to regret or apologize for when Defense Forces or Border Police do their job and eliminate the threat from knife-wielding lunatics. In the case of Mr Zerhom, his initial shooting was by security forces was due to his being misidentified as one of the terrorists, unfortunate, but understandable. (Incidents were innocent bystanders are shot by law enforcement are not uncommon, bullets go astray and mistakes are made in these kinds of tense situations — take for example, the wounding of many bystanders by NYPD after a gunman went amok in Midtwon Manhattan a few years ago. — http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/08/25/nypd-shooting-bystander-victims-hit-by-police-gunfire/) In and of itself, his tragically being shot was not necessarily a criminal act, or even a negligent act, by the Israeli security on the scene. The mob attack on him AFTER he was shot was, however, a crime and the perpetrators must be brought to justice.

    • talknic on November 17, 2015, 8:39 am

      @ Mikhael // Annie Robbins November 16, 2015, 4:22 am

      source? //

      “There have been multiple incidents of Jews who were misidentified as Arab terrorists/stabbers who were attacked by Jews during this recent bout of violence the past few weeks,”

      = no source. Typical Ziopoop MO

      “many gleefully reported here on Mondoweiss”

      Gleefully? You really have lost the plot.

      “ignoring the fact that in nearly every case where this happened, those who attacked them were also Mizrahim”

      Every case? How many have there been?

      “There is nothing to regret or apologize for when Defense Forces or Border Police do their job and eliminate the threat from knife-wielding lunatics.”

      When they do, when there are actually knife wielding lunatics. For the most part there’s quite simply no evidence.

      “In the case of Mr Zerhom, his initial shooting was by security forces was due to his being misidentified as one of the terrorists, unfortunate, but understandable. “

      Why was he misidentified? Was he threatening anyone? Running? Anything other than looking like he might have been a Palestinian?

      “(Incidents were innocent bystanders are shot by law enforcement are not uncommon, bullets go astray and mistakes are made in these kinds of tense situations — take for example, the wounding of many bystanders by NYPD after a gunman went amok in Midtwon Manhattan a few years ago. “

      But he was not shot in any accidental crossfire or stray bullets. He was deliberately shot because he looked like a Palestinian. BTW were any of those accidental NYPD victims then kicked in the head by bystanders calling for their deaths?

      “In and of itself, his tragically being shot was not necessarily a criminal act, or even a negligent act, by the Israeli security on the scene. “

      Oh? Not checking his ID wasn’t negligent? WOW!! Again, why was he misidentified?

      “The mob attack on him AFTER he was shot was, however, a crime and the perpetrators must be brought to justice”

      Indeed, but will they? For all they knew, he was a Palestinian terrorist. Only AFTER he was DEAD was he correctly identified.

      • eljay on November 17, 2015, 9:49 am

        Mikhael appears to be echoing what other Zio-supremacists have recently appeared to suggest: If non-Jewish police – say, the police in Paris, a city whose atmosphere was recently tainted by wanton violence – were simply to gun down any Jewish person…
        – committing a crime;
        – fleeing the scene of a crime; or
        – mistaken for a criminal,
        …rather than arrest him so that he could be tried in a court of law, that would be perfectly acceptable and in no way anti-Semitic.

      • Mikhael on November 20, 2015, 3:06 am

        talknic
        November 17, 2015, 8:39 am

        There have been multiple incidents of Jews who were misidentified as Arab terrorists/stabbers who were attacked by Jews during this recent bout of violence the past few weeks,”

        = no source. Typical Ziopoop MO

        typical Talknic senility.

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/15/stabbed-israeli-mistaken-arab-lashes-out-escalating-violence

        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/paranoia-fuels-mistaken-identity-killings-israel-151022125238040.html

        http://news.nana10.co.il/Article/?ArticleID=1152678

        “many gleefully reported here on Mondoweiss”

        Gleefully? You really have lost the plot.

        Here are some nice examples:

        http://mondoweiss.net/2015/10/latest-palestinian-teens#comment-803449

        weiss – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/11/blackness-struggle-palestine#comment-810620

        “ignoring the fact that in nearly every case where this happened, those who attacked them were also Mizrahim”

        Every case? How many have there been?

        There were three cases in October. In two of them, it was Jewish civilians attacking another Jewish civilian in vigilante violence. In one of them, it was security force who shot and killed a mentally disturbed Jew who shouted that he was an ISIS terrorist and acted violently. Everybody involved, in all of these cases, attackers and victims, were Mizrahim.

        Why was he misidentified? Was he threatening anyone? Running?

        There is no sufficient or significant evidence or testimony on why he was initially shot; it happened seconds after a Bedouin citizen of Israel consumed by religious fanatic hatred, slashed a soldier and stole his gun, shot and killed him, and wounded 10 others. He may have been shot in the crossfire or the soldier who shot him may have mistakenly believed, in the split seconds after the Bedouin attacker, Muhanad Alukabi, murdered the soldier and shot 10 others.

        Anything other than looking like he might have been a Palestinian? –

        What does a Palestinian look like? Palestinian Arabs can look like black Africans, white northern Europeans, or people from the Indian subcontinent, or Meditteranean southern Europeans. Mr Zarhoum, as an Eritrean, also looked like many Israeli Jews of Ethiopian-Jewish ancestry.

        But he was not shot in any accidental crossfire or stray bullets. He was deliberately shot because he looked like a Palestinian

        He was shot in the immediate chaos and confusion of an Arab terrorist who was shooting. As very clearly spelled out above, there is no such thing as looking like a Palestinian. Tragic, but at worst evidence of negligence but more like a terrible mistake than depraved indifference.

        BTW were any of those accidental NYPD victims then kicked in the head by bystanders calling for their deaths?

        BTW, did you read what I wrote about the bystanders needing to be brought to justice? (So far, 4 of his attackers have been identified and arrested, although autopsy results show that they did not cause his death they need to be charged for assault, tried and convicted.)
        Also by the way, and without excusing or justifying the mob attack on the already-fatally wounded man, did the shooting incident where bystanders were wounded in Manhattan occur in the context of a wave of stabbing and shooting sprees conducted against New Yorkers and where somebody shouted that the wounded were involved in committing such attacks?

        Oh? Not checking his ID wasn’t negligent? WOW!! Again, why was he misidentified?

        Idiot. Maybe they should have checked the ID of Alukabi, the actual perpetrator, before they interrupted his shooting spree?

      • annie on November 20, 2015, 11:01 am

        He was shot in the immediate chaos and confusion of an Arab terrorist who was shooting. As very clearly spelled out above, there is no such thing as looking like a Palestinian.

        you’re being daft. had he been white like everyone else in the vicinity he wouldn’t have been targeted.

        although autopsy results show that they did not cause his death they need to be charged for assault

        so what happened? they decided he bled to death because he had to wait so long for an ambulance? or he had a heart attack or what? it was the bullet that killed him not slamming the metal bench on his head. i think this is not very believable and israel is a tad renowned for having some not all together truthful forensic pathologists. at a minimum i think the perps could be charged w/attempted murder — not just assault.

      • Mikhael on November 20, 2015, 3:26 am

        eljay November 17, 2015, 9:49 am
        Mikhael appears to be echoing what other Zio-supremacists have recently appeared to suggest: If non-Jewish police – say, the police in Paris, a city whose atmosphere was recently tainted by wanton violence – were simply to gun down any Jewish person…
        – committing a crime;
        – fleeing the scene of a crime; or
        – mistaken for a criminal,
        …rather than arrest him so that he could be tried in a court of law, that would be perfectly acceptable and in no way anti-Semitic.

        Eljay appears to make a lot of stupid assumptions and loves to use nonsensical, meaningless terms like “Zio-suprmeacist”.
        If non-Jewish police in Paris, Toronto or Sydney (or in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel) shot and killed a Jew who was brandishing a knife and threatening to kill or wound non-Jewish police or non-Jewish bystanders and refused to drop a knife when ordered to do so, that would be perfectly acceptable and not anti-Semitic.

        …rather than arrest him so that he could be tried in a court of law,

        Law enforcement anywhere, when they have a reasonable fear for their own lives, are entitled to use deadly force against anybody who poses a threat to them or others. Law enforcement does not have a right to shoot a man in the back when he is running away after a traffic stop to avoid being arrested for paying child support , like in the shooting of Walter Scott last April (Shooting of Walter Scott) , but although it could have perhaps been handled differently, NYPD in all likelihood had reasonable grounds to fear for their own safety and shoot Gidone Busch, a mentally disturbed Hassidic Jew who was acting erratically and brandishing a hammer in New York 16 years ago.

        Shooting of Gidone Bush

      • eljay on November 20, 2015, 11:24 am

        || Mikhael: Eljay appears to make a lot of stupid assumptions … ||

        I didn’t make a single assumption, stupid or otherwise.

        || … and loves to use nonsensical, meaningless terms like “Zio-suprmeacist”. ||

        It’s “Zio-supremacist”, and it’s an accurate term.

        || … If non-Jewish police in Paris, Toronto or Sydney … shot and killed a Jew who was brandishing a knife and threatening to kill or wound non-Jewish police or non-Jewish bystanders and refused to drop a knife when ordered to do so, that would be perfectly acceptable and not anti-Semitic. … ||

        Got it: If non-Jewish police gunned down a Jew who they claim was – but who may not actually have been – brandishing a knife and/or threatening bystanders and/or refusing to drop a knife, you’d be OK with that (it would be acceptable and in no away anti-Semitic).

        … (or in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel) … ||

        Which, as you well know, it’s not.

      • talknic on November 20, 2015, 7:38 pm

        Mikhael

        ” typical Talknic senility”

        Oh? You didn’t give a source until pressed, which is typical M/O

        “Here are some nice examples:”

        ‘Examples’ that don’t show any glee. Your M/O is still intact

        ” There is no sufficient or significant evidence or testimony on why he was initially shot … He may have been shot in the crossfire or the soldier who shot him may have mistakenly believed, in the split seconds after the Bedouin attacker, Muhanad Alukabi, murdered the soldier and shot 10 other”

        Uh huh, no sufficient or significant evidence or testimony . So you make something up

        ” What does a Palestinian look like?”

        That’d be in the eye of the beholder

        “He was shot in the immediate chaos and confusion of an Arab terrorist who was shooting. “

        But he wasn’t shooting. He wasn’t running. He was deliberately shot. BTW what does an Arab look like?

        “BTW, did you read what I wrote about the bystanders needing to be brought to justice? “

        Irrelevant to the question I asked. Typical M/O

        “Also by the way, and without excusing or justifying the mob attack on the already-fatally wounded man, did the shooting incident where bystanders were wounded in Manhattan occur in the context of a wave of stabbing and shooting sprees conducted against New Yorkers and where somebody shouted that the wounded were involved in committing such attacks?”

        Now you’re really babbling!

        // Oh? Not checking his ID wasn’t negligent? WOW!! Again, why was he misidentified? //

        “Idiot”

        Oh? Let’s see.

        “Maybe they should have checked the ID of Alukabi, the actual perpetrator, before they interrupted his shooting spree?”

        ‘they interrupted his shooting spree’ You answered your own question Typical Hasbara apologist. No matter how hard they try, they always trip up

      • talknic on November 20, 2015, 7:48 pm

        Mikhael digs a deeper Ziohole

        “If non-Jewish police in Paris, Toronto or Sydney (or in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel) shot and killed a Jew who was brandishing a knife and threatening to kill or wound non-Jewish police or non-Jewish bystanders and refused to drop a knife when ordered to do so, that would be perfectly acceptable and not anti-Semitic”

        Habtom Zerhom wasn’t doing any of the above. BTW Jerusalem isn’t in Israel http://wp.me/pDB7k-W8

        “Law enforcement anywhere, when they have a reasonable fear for their own lives, are entitled to use deadly force against anybody who poses a threat to them or others”

        Habtom Zerhom wasn’t threatening anyone

        “.. NYPD in all likelihood had reasonable grounds to fear for their own safety and shoot Gidone Busch, a mentally disturbed Hassidic Jew who was acting erratically and brandishing a hammer in New York 16 years ago”

        Habtom Zerhom wasn’t threatening anyone or brandishing anything

    • Mooser on November 17, 2015, 10:41 am

      “There is nothing to regret or apologize for when Defense Forces or Border Police do their job and eliminate the threat from knife-wielding lunatics.”

      Well, then, they should go back to Israel and do their job there

      • Mikhael on November 20, 2015, 3:10 am

        Mooser November 17, 2015, 10:41 am
        Well, then, they should go back to Israel and do their job there

        Most of the attacks have occurred in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.

      • eljay on November 20, 2015, 10:03 am

        || Mikhael: Most of the attacks have occurred in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. ||

        Except that it’s not. It’s a Free City, currently under occupation and colonization by Israel.

      • Mooser on November 20, 2015, 10:42 am

        “Most of the attacks have occurred in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.”

        Yeah, you are just the person I should take geography lessons from. You don’t even know where to sleep.

      • talknic on November 20, 2015, 7:51 pm

        @ Mikhael “Most of the attacks have occurred in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel”

        Jerusalem is not in Israel

        1. Reaffirms the overriding necessity to end the prolonged occupation of Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem; http://domino.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/b86613e7d92097880525672e007227a7/6de6da8a650b4c3b852560df00663826?OpenDocument

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