I am reluctant to express any disagreement with the amazing Neta Golan, if for not other reason (like her incredible political work) she is an Israeli insider and I am not. The basis of Jewish Israelis’ fear of Arabs that she describes as being rooted in the knowledge that the Palestinians have a just complaint against them, and the land they have taken, as colonizers, seems totally right. The race riot in south T. A., however, seems like a very familiar case of one economically vulnerable community (of any race) taking their fears out on another (often immigrant but not necessarily). One can find examples of this all over the world, not least in the U.S. It is true, perhaps, that the expressed virulence and “Death to Africans” type threats heard in south T.A. are somehow magnified and “gotten away with” because of the underlying racist nature of the state, and “death to Arabs” is already a familiar/acceptable theme. However, it just strikes me that the root of this hate is a little different – economic that is.