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Violence Against Black Africans Escalates In Israel

Violence Against Black Africans Escalates In Israel

Ten African refugees had a lucky escape on Sunday when their apartment was firebombed in another escalation of violence against Africans in Israel. They were trapped in a ground-floor apartment when the blaze began at 3 am. Four are in the hospital suffering from burns and smoke inhalation; the rest had fled.

Police described the firebombing as “racially motivated.”

It follows riots after a rally in Tel Aviv in which shops were looted and individuals attacked, including Jews of Ethiopian origin, as well as a previous Molotov cocktail attack on a center with a kindergarten. One member of the Knesset (MK), Israel’s parliament, called the riots a “pogrom.”

A number of other MKs have made incendiary speeches and comments, which many have blamed for inciting the attacks on black Africans.

MK Miri Regev, who led the protest which resulted in riots and has referred to the refugees as a “cancer,” told the Knesset:

How come after African workers went to a swimming pool in North Tel-Aviv they had to clean it for two days?

Another, Amnon Cohen, said that “most infiltrators carry infectious diseases.”

Yulia Shamalov Berkovich, from the supposedly liberal Kadima party, called for human rights workers, those who support the refugees, to be put into camps.

Another, Aryeh Eldad, said:

Anyone that penetrates Israel’s border should be shot, a Swedish tourist, Sudanese from Eritrea, Eritreans from Sudan, Asians from Sinai. Whoever touches Israel’s border — shot.

Interior minister Eli Yishai suggested that HIV-infected migrants were raping Israeli women. “This country belongs to us, to the white man,”he said in an interview.

This led to unprecedented harsh criticizm from Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman against Yishai.

Lieberman said that every interview or statement against Africans “takes us back six months” in efforts to reach agreements to return refugees to their countries of origin (principally South Sudan).

“I ask all my colleagues — and I already spoke to them personally — to talk less. Especially ministers and MKs,” Lieberman said.

Poriya Gets of the Hotline for Migrant Workers, based in Tel Aviv, told the Guardian that violence against blacks was getting worse and was being stoked by politicians and right wing organizations.

We’ve had phone calls, people cursing and saying ugly things, like, ‘We hope you will be raped and we are coming to burn you.’ The politicians must take responsibility. They are trying to make the fire bigger.

Ethiopian Jewish MK Shlomo Molla told the Jerusalem Post that his community identifies with the migrants and that they have long suffered from racism in Israel. He said:

We know that if these foreigners were Scandinavians, with blue eyes and blond hair, then they would not be treated in this way.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and the government refers to the refugees as “infilitrators” and most Israelis believe that the around 60,000, mostly Eritreans and Sudanese, are migrant workers not refugees. A new law means that the refugees can be imprisoned and the government is building large camps, but these will not be able to house all the refugees. Israel is also building a fence along its border with Egypt.

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7:04AM PST on Jan 29, 2013

The Israelis should not forget the holocaust.They should not do the same as the Nacis did to them.!!!
My dear fellow members of the mankind, remember that we all have our origin in the south in Africa, we are the same race. If you have some doubt, listen to the archeologists and all the other scientists.

5:31AM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Paul C. who answered Elizabeth C., would you be the same one who wrote this article? I noticed you have the same name and initial. Human ills like racism and prejudice are found everywhere and I would suspect you're not that innocent yourself. That's not to excuse racist Jews. What I think is that the basic cause for racism is the same for them as elsewhere - the intrinsic evil in much of human nature. It's beyond the powers of man to change the human heart actually. That's why God stepped into the picture but even His representatives are well-known to commit the grossest crimes. What can we say? We can only strive to do the best we can now, confident, for me at least, that that perfect world WILL happen. At least, that's the way I see it.

1:40AM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Theyre trying to whitewash over history. It is because they want to keep the Jewry white - as in European. As in French, German and Russian etc. but for all we know, these people are probably the original Jews...I don't think that Jews started out white, because where did they come from, before they went into Egypt? Religious Jewish books state that when Moses was going to the promised land - he was going to a land that his people had not gone to before...he was not returning to the promised land! So they must have come from somewhere else before they went into the land called Philistia and fought the Philistines.
So they were not returning home and were obviously of a different genetic make-up, ...unless you believe there were German, French and Russian tribes traipsing over the Middle East, and that Jesus was white!
The Jewish name for blacks is 'Swartzers', a pejorative. And one of the most egregious insults reserved for particular people within their culture. They probably hate the Ethiopians, but cannot directly kill them, not only because they are Jews, but more so because of world public opinion, so they do it in secret.

6:53PM PST on Jan 28, 2013

“It would be my greatest sadness to see Zionists (Jews) do to Palestinian Arabs much of what Nazis did to Jews.” ― Albert Einstein

9:46AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Accusing black men of raping white women. Claiming that Africans are unclean creatures who spread diseases. Saying that the country must be the exclusive domain of "the white man".

Where have we heard these attitudes before?

How disgraceful that, in the year 2012, Jim Crow and Apartheid are showing up in what *should* be one of the most tolerant nations in the world.

8:51PM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

TRAGIC

1:08AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Very sad especially coming from a country that has suffered much. These members in the Knesset are not setting a good example to the population when they make comments as quoted in this article against their neighbour.

This country is 63 years old and has to grow up and learn to live with diversity. I think Israel is suffering from an identity crisis.

1:08AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Very sad especially coming from a country that has suffered much. These members in the Knesset are not setting a good example to the population when they make comments as quoted in this article against their neighbour.

This country is 63 years old and has to grow up and learn to live with diversity. I think Israel is suffering from an identity crisis.

12:30AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

It still shocks me that Israel , an educated ,wealthy country that has suffered the holocaust can stoop to such intolerance and brutality .
ElizabethM C: I don;t excuse murder and persecution in any race , but for the poor , ill educated , jobless, homeless and displaced - it's more understandable .

9:07PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

@ElizabethM C.

Don't worry. The world's MSM is failing to cover this. NB dead bodies may possibly change this situation.

Interested to hear where your crimestats come from - source?

Notice that you fail to condemn the statements of Israeli MKs .... Reason?

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