Israel’s New Racism: The Persecution of African Migrants in the Holy Land

About 60,000 African migrants have arrived in Israel since 2006, fleeing unrest in their home countries. But upon arrival in the ostensibly democratic country, the migrants have faced intense persecution and have been branded as "infiltrators" by right-wing politicians and activists.

For more, read Max Blumenthal's article, "Israel Cranks Up the PR Machine.”

 

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Israel Cranks Up the PR Machine


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, October 6, 2013. (Reuters/Gali Tibbon/Pool)



In the post-Oslo era, as the strategy that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s inner circle refers to as “peace without peace” captured the Israeli consensus, human rights activists ratcheted up grassroots efforts to challenge the occupation of Palestine and Israel’s prevailing structure of ethno-religious discrimination. Popularly known as BDS, the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israeli institutions involved in occupation has generated shock waves in international pro-Israel circles and within the top levels of Israel’s military-intelligence apparatus. The government-linked Reut Institute has designated BDS as a key national security threat and produced a blueprint for sabotaging Palestine solidarity networks around the world. 

 

This article is adapted from Max Blumenthal’s Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, published in October by Nation Books.

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While paranoia mounts inside Israeli policy circles about the rising tide of nonviolent global resistance, Netanyahu has grown obsessed with Israel’s withering image in the West. Under his guidance, the term “delegitimization” has become a household word signifying BDS and nearly everything done in the name of exposing Israel’s violations of international law. And thanks to Netanyahu’s instigation,Barack Obama has become the first American president to explicitly pledge to battle the pressure campaign. 

Groping for a convenient solution to its public relations problems, the Israeli government has turned to hasbara. The literal meaning of this Hebrew word is “explanation,” but when put into practice, most informed observers recognize it as propaganda. The more the State of Israel relies on force to manage the occupation, the more it feels compelled to deploy hasbara. And the more Western media consumers encounter hasbara, the more likely they are to measure Israel’s grandiose talking points against the routine and petty violence, shocking acts of humiliation and repression that define its treatment of the Palestinians. 

Under the leadership of Netanyahu—a professional explainer himself, who spent the early years of his political career as a frequent guest on prime-time American news programs perfecting the slickness of the Beltway pundit class—the Israeli government has invested unprecedented resources into hasbara. Once the sole responsibility of the foreign ministry, the task of disseminating hasbara now falls on a special Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, led until 2013 by Yuli Edelstein, a right-wing settler and government minister who has called Arabs a “despicable nation.” (Edelstein is now speaker of the Knesset.) 

Edelstein’s ministry boasts an advanced “situation room,” a paid media team, and coordination of a volunteer force that claims to include thousands of bloggers, tweeters and Facebook commenters who are fed the latest talking points and then flood social media withhasbara in five languages. The exploits of the propaganda soldiers conscripted into Israel’s online army have helped give rise to the phenomenon of the “hasbara troll,” an often faceless, shrill and relentless nuisance deployed on Twitter and Facebook to harass public figures who express skepticism about official Israeli policy or sympathy for the Palestinians. These efforts have been complemented by the office of the prime minister, the IDF spokesperson’s unit, and the ministry of tourism and culture, each of which hosts newly created hasbara units. Even the Jewish Agency, a state-funded para-governmental organization primarily engaged in absorbing and settling new Jewish immigrants, employs a full-time social media operative named Avi Mayer, who spends his days on Twitter attacking Palestine solidarity activists with usually baseless claims of anti-Semitism and deception. 

Whether they like it or not, every Jewish Israeli citizen is a potential recruit for the nationalhasbara brigade. While Tel Aviv University sends hasbara delegations to campuses across Europe and the United States, the National Union of Israeli Students offers Israeli college students $2,000 to spread propaganda “from the comfort of home.” El Al Airlines deploys its flight attendants in American cities to make the case for Israel during specially allotted paid vacation days. Meanwhile, back at Ben Gurion International Airport, large billboards posted by the Ministry of Public Diplomacy instruct Israelis to “be good diplomats” when they travel abroad. By corralling an entire population into promoting Israel as “the only democracy in the Middle East,” the state strengthens a culture that treats dissent and critical inquiry with instinctive hostility. 

 

Watch: Israel's New Racism, Max Blumenthal and David Sheen's documentary video uncovering the persecution of African Migrants in the holy land  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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  First off, if the united nations didn't vote for Israel to be a country in the 1940s after WW11, many of the SAME jews would still be under the thumb of Nazi Germany.  This group has been persecuted by damn near  EVERY nation in the world and now that they finally got a piece of land stolen from the Palenstinan[sp], they are using reverse racism on the very people they SOLD into slavery.  Ain't nobody forgot that.  So if they can call blacks niggers, then returned the favor and called them nasty ass cousin focking kites who have sex with their own family members as why they have allllllll these medical conditions and no European country wanted them. And because they didn't wanna married outside their immediate family, they were called a diseased people.

 

Their main problem today?  They forgot.  They forgot that they were once immigrants.  They forgot that they needed someone to come to their rescue when they were in concentration camps and were starved and exterminated. So when the Palestinian get nuclear weapons and they will...I hope they wipe these mofos out!  Cuz they have proven that they are NO better...and maybe even WORSE than massa.  But!  

It’s cool that some liberal Israelis publicized this. The  orthodox crazies are the night wing haters - same in Islam too.   I protested for action against the nightmarish genocide in Sudan.  I met some folks who suffered like hell in Darfur. I almost forgot, one of those meetings  was held in a Jewish temple.   As far as cheering the  Arabs to exterminate the Jews, don’t  forget it’s the Arabs who are doing the killing in Darfur. Who should klll who? Maybe the Arabs will have to go too. If we want to exterminate white people we’ll open the door to the Chinese.  Their own people live in bunks in factories where they have to work 16 hours a day. What will they want from us? Maybe they wil lhave tobe exterminated too. What’s  a world where everyone wants to kill the others and always with good reason. Back to Israel, the British  played the Jewish tribes  against the Arab tribes just like the   Tutsis have been played against the Hootos. And the spiritual heart is where?  Of course this shit is monstrouous ugly but everyone everywhere is getting triggered. Crazy-making.  It’s understandable to get angry as hell  right?! .  But!

 

L8R people

Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

  First off, if the united nations didn't vote for Israel to be a country in the 1940s after WW11, many of the SAME jews would still be under the thumb of Nazi Germany.  This group has been persecuted by damn near  EVERY nation in the world and now that they finally got a piece of land stolen from the Palenstinan[sp], they are using reverse racism on the very people they SOLD into slavery.  Ain't nobody forgot that.  So if they can call blacks niggers, then returned the favor and called them nasty ass cousin focking kites who have sex with their own family members as why they have allllllll these medical conditions and no European country wanted them. And because they didn't wanna married outside their immediate family, they were called a diseased people.

 

Their main problem today?  They forgot.  They forgot that they were once immigrants.  They forgot that they needed someone to come to their rescue when they were in concentration camps and were starved and exterminated. So when the Palestinian get nuclear weapons and they will...I hope they wipe these mofos out!  Cuz they have proven that they are NO better...and maybe even WORSE than massa.  But!  

Right, they forgot!! I think all they can think about is their survival after the Nazis. BUT!!!

Jewish people, just like any other people on this planet are made up of groups of people with varying viewpoints and prejudices.  Particular racism against Black people in Israel probably is because the majority of them are coming from predominately Muslim countries.  That, and the fact that so many Jews have chosen to "forget" their past of suffering racial hatred, brutalization, torture, sadism and cold-blooded murder by racist, hate-mongering Natzis, not to mention that, after 600-800 years of intermarrying with Europeans, Jews can now call themselves "White people", and if you want to be used by accepted into the White race, you have to hate, abuse and brutalize Black people [and (usually Truly indigenous) Brown/non-White people],  

 

However, the bigger picture here is the fact that this is just another glaring example of how Black people are treated or thought of, or hated, or tortured, no matter Where they are in the world, that this is YET ANOTHER DOT in the world-wide Jim Crow imposed on Black people that the Black race refuses to connect by Proudly and defiantly standing Divided, splintered and stratified.  

 

If the Black Race does not Unify under the common umbrella of Survival and Prosperity, future generations of Black people are going to find that the entire Black Race has been internationally enslaved by the collective collusion of all other non-Black races of people on earth.  

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