Israel’s leading governing party, Likud, is secular, but its leaders parrot biblical statements about the Jewish people’s supposed right to lands in Palestine as history, such as that Abraham bought land in Hebron. These religious nationalist claims underlie the government’s desire for annexation, though the U.S. press never talks about this zealotry.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu stated the truth when he wrote that Israel is “not a state of all its citizens” and that it is the “nation-state of the Jewish nation – and its alone”. He was responding to a celebrity, Rotem Sela, who angered by the Likud Party’s race-baiting of Arabs, claimed that Israel is a state of all its citizens.
And on the day the story of the struggle is told,
You, Ahed Tamimi,
With red hair,
Like David who slapped Goliath,
Will be mentioned in the same line
As Joan of Arc, Hannah Szenes and Anne Frank.
On Monday, Israeli poet Yehonatan Gefen posted a poem on his Instagram honoring Ahed Tamimi. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman was so infuriated by this he called for all media outlets to ban Gefen and his work completely.