|FIGHT RACISM IN JAFFA, IN ISRAEL, EVERYWHERE|
At the moment Jaffa looks more like Belfast than the regular old struggle between Palestinians and Israelis. More like Jews versus Muslims. It is hard to write about something like this because in most ways it pales in comparison to the bigger picture of occupation, repression, exploitation, and, again, dare we say it, apartheid. I have supported the Palestinian struggle for a Free and Independent Palestine since, forever. I have no need of the reactionary Jewish nationalism known as Zionism. Still, I confess I haven't used that term - apartheid- to describe Israel much in the past. I try to stay away from overkill like calling everyone and everything fascist. But eventually, one reaches a "if the shoe fits, wear it...if it quacks like a duck, maybe it is a duck" moment. There are certainly differences between the old South Africa and the present day Israel, but they are beginning to be very small and insignificant ones.
Meanwhile, in Jaffa, the hatred grows. Israeli Jews must join those fighting racism...and I am not just talking about the "usual suspects, " I mean, what is there about racism that Jews don't understand? How is it possible for Jews not to understand. I've asked that question for decades. I guess it is a stupid question. It is a sad reality that you can be persecuted for a few thousand years, and as soon as you are given the opportunity, you can turn around and persecute someone else. Ugh!
The following is from YNet News.
Jaffa synagogue firebombed
Tensions high after Arab cemeteries vandalized: Molotov cocktail hurled at synagogue, no casualties reported; anti-racism rally held in Jaffa, MK Zahalka calls for imprisonment of Foreign Minister Lieberman on incitement charges
A Molotov cocktail was hurled at a Jaffa synagogue Saturday evening, as tensions were rising in the central Israel town after two Arab cemeteries were vandalized over the weekend.
- Jaffa: Arab cemeteries vandalized
- Price tag: Mosque torched in Upper Galilee
- Rabbi Amar: Mosque arson may be blood libel
Jaffa synagogue attacked (Photo: Ben Kelmer)
|Arab protests in Jaffa (Video: Amir Levy)|
Soccer fans to blame?
MK Zahalka blames government (Photo: Ofer Amram)