Thursday, March 20, 2008

Israelis racist--the mainstream and alternative media is just finding this out?

(title link via Cursor.org) Israelis are some of the most racist people on the planet, no exaggeration. By racism I don't mean being upset about suicide bombings or rocket attacks, or being upset at Palestinians who condone these things, but a belief in the racial inferiority of Arabs and the belief in a cultural primitiveness on their part stemming from this. Ironically, Israelis have distanced themselves from Middle Eastern culture as it actually exists and instead identify more strongly as part of the West these days.

An anecdote: I was in Vienna almost five years ago. Although Austria as a whole has a reputation for ultra-conservatism I didn't see any overt signs of racism, apart from the graffiti saying "Neger Rauss!", which was crossed out and had "Nazi Rauss!" painted above it, besides one incident.

I was standing on a subway platform at night and there was a group of young people near me. They started speaking Hebrew and from what I gathered due to loan words I recognized were talking about the African street vendors, who are present in downtown Vienna. All of the sudden one of them broke into a literal Step'an Fetch It/ Jim Crow dance, much to the amusement of the rest of them, who laughed at it.

That's the sort of thing we associate Ku Klux Klan members with over here, but was a stunning commentary on the tolerant and respectful society that Israel has created.

2 comments:

Renegade Eye said...

At my blog, when arguing with Zionists, I find ultra-Semitism. Palestinians are not a nationality or even exist.

uri said...

Dude, you better be very careful with generalizations about entire groups of other people. Sure, lot's of Israelis are racist bigots, but I'm not sure that they are more so than Russians or USAmericans.

The racist state apparatus and militarized society in Israel certainly has the effect of promoting racist attitudes in the public, but it's a mistake to start your complaint with "Israelis" as if they/we were some undifferentiated mass of people, rather than looking at the social reality that so erodes people's humanity.