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“Lynchings” in the Holy Land

“Lynchings” in the Holy Land

Some call it lynching and compare it to Emmett Till. It echoes Nazi Germany’s prohibition against miscegenation between Jews (especially men) and Aryans (especially women). Only it’s happening today, and this time it is a group of Jews who are on the wrong side of justice.

On August 17, some Jewish teenagers in Jerusalem allegedly severely beat three Arab teens, supposedly for talking with Jewish girls. Fortunately the boys survived (though one remains in the hospital), but the incident succeeded in sending the message: don’t mess with “our” women. Just to make sure the lesson was heard, an Orthodox Israeli group posted an open letter to Arabs in the wake of the attack in Hebrew and Arabic (this English translation is mine):

Dear Arab guy:

We don’t want you to get hurt!

Our daughters are valuable to us,

and just as you would not want a Jew to date your sister

so are we unwilling for an Arab to date a girl from among our people.

Just as you would do anything to prevent a Jew from dating your sister – we are the same way!

If you are thinking of visiting a pedestrian mall or shopping center in Jerusalem in order to date Jewish girls – this isn’t the place.

You may walk around in your own village and find girlfriends there, not here!

Last week an Arab who thought he might find Jewish girls was wounded.

We don’t wish for you to get hurt,

guard our daughters’ honor

because our survival depends on it!

The letter is signed by Lehava, a group whose acronym in Hebrew stands for “Preventing Assimilation in the Holy Land.”

This is not the first time Jews have attacked Arabs in what Americans would call hate crimes and Israelis call “lynches” but the circumstances and poster introduce a new facet to these assaults: misogyny.

According to an English-language Israeli news website, “There are several organizations promoting ethnic segregation in Israel, with a special emphasis on preventing relations between Jewish girls and Palestinian men.”

The notion that “our daughters” might be defiled by men of a despised population echoes the fears of white Southerners that black men wished to seduce or rape white women. Some combination of a desire to defend their female “property” and an inability to believe that white women would choose to consort with black men led white men to lynch blacks. One young black, Emmett Till, was murdered just for whistling at or speaking to a white woman in 1955. Now we have young Arabs beaten just for talking with Jewish girls – if they even did that, which is under dispute.

Left-leaning politicians and Jewish protestors have spoken out against the racist violence, but not to the extent that they have in the past. “An attempt to introduce laws against intermarriage was the main reason the Knesset rejected Jewish supremacist Meir Kahane in the 1980s. At the time, Justice Shamgar wrote that such ideas ‘remind us of the worst persecution in Jewish history.’” Indeed they do, and they continue.

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10:54AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

The Peace Now-movement in Israel consists of people of every religion and origin in the region. When they have rallies, hundreds of thousands of people participate and it's a strong force. But, the hard core israleis and orthodox jews resists any attempt to have a good peace with the neighbors and rather see continued confrontation. As divided as the US is when it comes to so called race, it's even worse in Israel. Jews that have come from all parts of the world to live in Israel are divided in good jews and bad ones. Those from Europe and North America are considered better than those from Africa. The recent attacks on Africans underscore this. So, that a group of jews attacking arabs for "messing with our women", is just a continuance of the desire to group people in good and bad. Israel may be deemed as a democracy, but do on a regular basis act like a racist and undemocratic country. Remember who were the only friends of Southafrica during apartheid!

10:03AM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

Religion at its finest, what a bunch of nonsense.

12:56AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

Two of the people arrested in this story were girls.

7:06AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

I guess even the revered Israeli state, isn't immune to old world ideas. "Our women"? It isn't up to any man to tell another man ON BEHALF OF A WOMAN, what he may or may not do. IT IS UP TO THE WOMAN, ASSHOLE -- TRY TO INCORPORATE THAT IDEA INTO YOUR NARROW MIND.

5:52PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

We are all the children of one Creator who made the entire Cosmos. He made us so he could love us and we could love him. The soul never dies and it is given many opportunities to advance, We all have been here many times before. I personally have met people who have told me that this is true...and they have met people they knew in other life times. I have also met people whom I knew. We have had many experiences living in many different cultures and many opportunities to develop our minds, our talents and our consciousness. We are supposed to become better, more loving beings..not worse. Then we can graduate from planet Earth and head for a higher level planetary system...where people know how to love.

5:52PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

We are all the children of one Creator who made the entire Cosmos. He made us so he could love us and we could love him. The soul never dies and it is given many opportunities to advance, We all have been here many times before. I personally have met people who have told me that this is true...and they have met people they knew in other life times. I have also met people whom I knew. We have had many experiences living in many different cultures and many opportunities to develop our minds, our talents and our consciousness. We are supposed to become better, more loving beings..not worse. Then we can graduate from planet Earth and head for a higher level planetary system...where people know how to love.

2:01PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Ahron, I have been equally critical of Arabs and my own faith, Christianity, when I comment.

I stand against hypocracy wherever I see it (much within my own church).

Of course, just as predicted you have to start in with the he's so anti-semite talk, wanting others to hate me and curtail discussion.

You won't find in any of my posts a recommendation for anything but having open discussion. Never have I advocated violence against anyone, Jew, Arab, Christian, athiest or other.

If you miss the point, I advocate to stop all war... which clearly trips your trigger.

And Rockerfeller is NOT Jewish? That's news to me, I thought they are. As far as Rothchild, that would be the R from London that own 57% of the US regional banks that make up the Federal Reserve system.

Note my propsal is always to make a second currency, not destroy or nationalise the FED...which is clearly a non-violent solution to the monetary monopoly we suffer in today with absolutely no ill will, except to have a money system that works for all US citizens, not only a few at the top.

12:56PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Toby S. there is NO justification for hateful behavior. Your myth that Rothschild (which one by the way, since they all lived in Europe) controled the US money supply is better than the myth that Rockerfellow was Jewish. By the way it was a Jewish banker who saved our asses in the depression of the late 1800's. When you make up negative stories about Jews what else could be your motive except you hate Jews and no justification for your hatred. Please don't use cell phones since its was invented by Jews and in your warped mind someone cell phones are used to control the world. Also, don't get sick because you have at least a 50% chance your cure came from a Jew. Of course you probably will find some since sinister Jewish plot in finding cures.
The war in the middle east is only religious on one end. The Muslims do not want Jews to return to the land of the Jews. Jews are a national group as well a religion. If a Jew immigates from Italy to the United States he is called a Jew and not an Italiion.
Everything Jews have been accused of such as taking over the world the Arabs actually want to do. But yet you do not write about how the Arabs want to make the whole world Muslim, they control the price of oil. Why is that? What is you obsession with Jews?

12:30PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Noted

12:24PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Terrence N. Here is a story for you!

Ahmed Hneidik is a 9-year-old boy from Khan Younis in Gaza. Born with a congenital heart disease, his chances of a life beyond the age of twelve were slim, until he underwent a life-changing heart surgery in Israel this July. Heart of the Matter, a program sponsored by the European Union, organized Ahmed’s journey and hundreds of other Palestinian children like him for emergency treatment in Israel.

Ahmed’s doctor, Othman Abu Salah, from Nablus in the West Bank, joined SACH’s Heart of the Matter program nine months ago. He is one of six Palestinian doctors currently being trained in Israel in pediatric intensive care. Abu Salah said of living in Israel and being trained by Israeli doctors: “The local doctors are my friends and it has made me realize that peace could come from cooperation on these medical issues.”

http://nocamels.com/2011/09/children-heart-organization-holds-promise-of-peace-for-palestinians-and-israelis/

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