Ethiopian Jews are not alone – they are the latest in a long line of victims of Israeli intolerance
Incredibly, racism is not limited to gentiles in the diaspora; sadly, it’s also present here amongst Israeli Jews.
Last week, we heard reports that residents of Kiryat Malachi had signed secret agreements not to sell or rent out properties to Ethiopian Jews. Interviewed on Israeli television, locals described their Ethiopians neighbors as “cockroaches.”
Prejudice against Ethiopians is particularly sad given the excitement that accompanied their arrival in Israel. The world was riveted by this ingathering of the exiles. We, too, reveled in stories of how this community was adapting to modernity, proudly noting that ours was the first western country to bring black people to freedom in its land.
If the beginning was so promising, how did things go so wrong? Former minister Rabbi Michael Melchior points out that there is no such thing as “half-human rights”; either we respect everyone’s rights or no one is safe.” This winter saw a succession of attempts to pass ugly, racist legislation through the Knesset. “Price tag” attacks were carried out on Palestinian olive groves and mosques and these were followed by assaults on Israeli soldiers. Then, we heard about the humiliation of Israeli girls in Beit Shemesh, which were followed by revenge attacks on ultra-Orthodox Jews.
Ethiopian Jews are not alone. They are the latest in a long line of victims of intolerance.
Racist parties in other countries such as the English Defence League now carry our flag at their demonstrations, portraying Israel as an outstanding model of their racist ideology.
see the rest of the article, from haaretz, israel – also, click on image to see article about protest
from anarchists against the wall -
While the rest of Israel fiddles, the West Bank continues to burn – both literally, in the scores of cases of settlers setting fire to the crops and homes of Palestinian farmers, and metaphorically, as the prospects for peaceful resolution go up in smoke the longer the settlers are given free rein to thumb their noses at the law and run riot in the area. On ground level, as well as in the political arena, the authorities seem perfectly content to offer the occasional fig leaf to international pressure to clamp down on the settlers, while never implementing concrete measures to end the overall injustice. Who this charade is fooling is anyone’s guess, but the longer it continues, the more certain it becomes that the state’s kowtowing to the settlers is driving yet another nail into the peace process’s coffin.
from the guardian, u.k. - Israeli military gives settlers free rein
immigrants used as fodder to throw into illegal settlements in palestinian land
The building of new settlements and the expansion of existing ones has never been as immense as it was throughout the preceding 15 years since the initiation of the peace process in September 1993, as the number housing units in Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza has doubled. Excluding settlements in East Jerusalem, the number of housing units in West bank and Gaza settlements were 29,390. From 1993 to the year 2000; right before the second Intifada broke out; the number of the housing units increased by 70.5 percentage; (20,680). By the year 2000, the total number of housing units in settlements exceeds 53,000; an increase by 20+ thousands housing units (56%) growth since 1993. the figures above clearly illustrates the impact that the Intifada had on the construction and development process of the settlements. Between the years 0f 1993 - 2000, the annual construction of housing units in Israeli settlements counted for approximately 2,955units (14%). As for the years of the Intifada; 2000 - 2003; the construction pace dropped to 4.5% annually (under500 units). The drop was the direct impact of the Intifada on the so-called “development process” of the settlements.
As for the settlements population, an increase of number also achieved due to the new arrivals - immigrants - and the attractive subsidies provided for those willing to reside in the settlements. The number of settlers residing in the West Bank and Gaza in 1993 estimated at 115+ thousands. By the year 2000, the number of settlers estimated at 200,000+, an increase by more than 74%. Since then, the number of settlers estimated at 260,000 and on the rise; an increase achieved since 1993 by nearly 130%.
from the applied research institute, jerusalem - The Israeli Settlements: Illegitimate, Illogical & an Impediment to ever achieving Peace
also, see this video, along with accompanying ones in the youtube sidebar:
Insertion of Israeli Immigrant settlers in the West Bank. Armed settlers inside the West Bank.