Religious Right; Israel’s Foreign Minister Calls for Beheading Arab Citizens

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An Israeli call to behead Haneen Zoabi
Religious Right; Israel’s Foreign Minister calls for beheading Arab citizens and it’s not anywhere in the New York Times

Two days ago Israel’s foreign minister called for beheading Arab citizens of Israel who are “against us.” Haaretz did the story yesterday. So did Newsweek.

Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that Arab citizens who are not loyal to the state of Israel should have their heads “chopped off with an axe”. The minister, leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party and an outspoken critic of Israel’s Arab population, made the controversial remarks on Sunday in a speech to an election rally held in the western Israeli city of Herzliya ahead of the March 17 vote. “Those who are with us deserve everything, but those who are against us deserve to have their heads chopped off with an axe,” the ultra-nationalist politician said.

The incitement resulted in a call to behead Haneen Zoabi, the outspoken Palestinian member of Knesset, as reported by this Arabic site and (translated by the new head of the US Committee to End the Occupation, Yousef Munayyer):

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An Israeli call to behead Haneen Zoabi

An Israeli call to behead Haneen Zoabi Lara Friedman of Peace Now has been pushing the story, including Lieberman’s call for “transfer,” or ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

“Not the Onion,” she says. But this story is no joke at all. What would happen if a Palestinian politician called for beheading some Jews? How loudly would our media decry such statements?

This morning the New York Times had still not covered the story. National Public Radio has given Lieberman a platform in the past. NPR host Robert Siegel also spent an hour interviewing Lieberman at the Brookings institution. Shouldn’t NPR be covering Lieberman’s latest views? Radio silence.


Jewish Right-Wing Thugs Attack Protestors, Celebrate The Deaths Of Arab Children

Jewish Right-Wing Thugs Attack Protestors, Celebrate The Deaths Of Arab Children

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At least 7,000 left-wing anti-war protesters flooded Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square for an anti-war protest Saturday night organized by the hard-left political party Hadash, Combatants for Peace, and The Parents Circle Families Forum. But the peaceful protest was marred by right-wing violence and thuggery.

Above: File photo of right wing protesters in Jerusalem calling for indiscriminate revenge against Arabs

Jewish Right-Wing Thugs Attack Protestors, Celebrate The Deaths Of Arab Children

Shmarya Rosenberg •

At least 7,000 left-wing anti-war protesters flooded Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square for an anti-war protest Saturday night organized by the hard-left political party Hadash, Combatants for Peace, and The Parents Circle Families Forum. But the peaceful protest was marred by right-wing violence and thuggery, Ha’aretz reported.

It was the largest protest against the continuation of Israel’s war in Gaza so far, but it was cut short by police – not because the left-wing protesters violated the law (they did not), but because right-wing counter-protesters did.

Leftists have repeatedly complained that police penalize them when rightists are violent, much as police repeatedly penalized Women of the Wall when haredi protesters against them were violent. A Jerusalem court severely reprimanded police for doing this, but after a very brief lull, police resumed the exact same behavior the court had ruled illegal. It is that same behavior police reportedly showed tonight in Tel Aviv.

Police first tried to block the anti-war protest from taking place due to fear of rocket fire. Bu the Israeli government agreed to extend a temporary humanitarian cease-fire, and police were forced to allow the leftists to demonstrate.

As the 7,000 anti-war protesters held their peaceful demonstration, police formed a weak barrier between them and a much smaller group of right-wing counter-protesters.

In one of the square’s corners memorial candles were lit among pictures of the dead from both sides – IDF soldiers and Gaza civilians.

“In Gaza they are digging concrete tunnels and we are erecting a separation fence. How sad it is that we can’t channel these efforts for peace.…The infrastructure of terrorism is ignorance, poverty and despair. It is with these we must deal,” Ben Kfir, whose daughter was murdered by a Hamas terrorist in 2003, said during his speech.

But the hatred of the right-wingers lurking at the edge of the anti-war protest was palpable.

They continually shouted, “Death to the leftists!” and asked that a rocket from Gaza strike and kill the leftists.

They also sang, “Why is there no school in Gaza? Because no more kids are left!” as a happy, celebratory song. Some right-wing protesters tried to convince their right-wing counterparts to stop singing that and similar racist songs, but the right-wingers refused and instead sang even louder and with more glee.

Later these same right-wingers tried to break through the police line and beat-up the leftists. They blocked Ibn Givrol Street, a main thoroughfare in the city.

Mounted police pushed them out of the street.

Four right-wing protesters were arrested.

But police asked the anti-war protest’s organizers to cut the protest short to avoid an escalation of right-wing violence.

The leftists left the area later without incident – an improvement over last week’s protest when right-wing thugs roving in packs sought out lone leftists and beat them.

Jewish Extremist Promotes Obama Assassination

Like fundi Islamist, Catholic, White Supremacist, Christian fascist and racist fanatics, certain Right Wing fanatic Jews also have an extremist bee in their bonnet with president Barack Obama and seek his murder.

As one Blog noted, “Who the fuck are these people? Where do they think that they fit into the “Land of the Free” ”


Newspaper Editor: Israel Should Consider Assassinating Obama [UPDATE]

Newspaper Editor: Israel Should Consider Assassinating Obama [UPDATE]

Andrew Adler, the owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times, a weekly newspaper serving Atlanta’s Jewish community, devoted his January 13, 2012 column to the thorny problem of the U.S. and Israel’s diverging views on the threat posed by Iran. Basically Israel has three options, he wrote: Strike Hezbollah and Hamas, strike Iran, or “order a hit” on Barack Obama. Either way, problem solved!

Here’s how Adler laid out “option three” in his list of scenarios facing Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu (the column, which was forwarded to us by a tipster, isn’t online, but you can read a copy here):

Three, give the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice president to take his place, and forcefully dictate that the United States’ policy includes its helping the Jewish state obliterate its enemies.

Yes, you read “three” correctly. Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence. Think about it. If I have thought of this Tom Clancy-type scenario, don’t you think that this almost unfathomable idea has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles?

Another way of putting “three” in perspective goes something like this: How far would you go to save a nation comprised of seven million lives…Jews, Christians and Arabs alike?

You have got to believe, like I do, that all options are on the table.

It’s hard to tell whether or not Adler is just some crank. But the Atlanta Jewish Times, which he purchased in 2009, appears to be a real community newspaper. It was founded in 1925 and, according to Wikipedia, claims a circulation of 3,500 and staff of five. To judge from its web site, it’s a going concern.

A nervous Adler told me over the phone that he wasn’t advocating Obama’s assassination by Mossad agents. “Of course not,” he said.

But do you think Israel should consider it an option? “No.”

But do you believe that Israel is in fact considering the option in its most inner circles? “No. Actually, no. I was hoping to make clear that it’s unspeakable—god forbid this would ever happen. I take it you’re quoting me?”

Yes. “Oh, boy.”

When I asked Adler why, if he didn’t advocate assassination and didn’t believe Israel was actually considering it, he wrote a column saying he believed that the option was “on the table,” he asked for a minute to compose himself and call me back. He did a few moments later, and said, “I wrote it to see what kind of reaction I was going to get from readers.”

And what was the reaction? “We’ve gotten a lot of calls and emails.”

Nothing from the Secret Service, though. Yet.

UPDATE: Adler has told JTA that he “regrets” the column and plans to publish an apology. Oh, and the Secret Service says it will “make all appropriate, investigative follow-up in regard to this matter,” according to ABC News.

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U.K. Rightists Recruit Jews, Gays

In the Independent in Britain, Robert Verkaik writes, Jewish? Gay? Join us, white Rightist extremists say:

A white extremist organisation is forging links with Jewish, Sikh and gay communities to fuel prejudice and fear and hatred of the Muslim community, it was claimed today. The English Defence League (EDL), which was formed last year in protest at Islamic extremist activity, has also reached out across the Atlantic to build close ties with the American right-wing group, the Tea Party.

Hundreds of EDL members are planning demonstrations in Nuneaton and Preston today to protest at the building of mosques and what they claim is the growing influence in the UK of Sharia law. But a new report, written by Professor Nigel Copsey of Teesside University, warns that the growth of EDL membership will spread Islamophobia in communities sharing a perceived “historical angst” against Muslims. … As well as aggravating religious tensions, the EDL has established a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Division to “defend” gay people from Sharia law.

There are also specialist divisions for women, soldiers and disabled people. The report warns these communities to be vigilant against “selective racism” and the EDL’s attempts at manipulation. … Founder and director of Faith Matters, Fiyaz Mughal, said: “The EDL’s main aim is to increase tensions, raise hate and divide communities. Their attempts to portray themselves as a legitimate and open movement cannot disguise their violent, anti-Muslim agenda. This hate can easily mutate against another community.”