• Le Jerusalem Post n’a rien trouvé de mieux pour représenter le #supremacisme_blanc que la Palestinienne Linda Sarsour...

    rafael sur Twitter : “I don’t know who to trust less, the people who want to kill us, or Jerusalem_Post who wants to tell me to look the other way and blame the people who fight WITH US. Look at this photo smear of @lsarsour.

    Is this what you call journalism @yaakovkatz?

    #JewsForLinda” / Twitter

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    #sionisme #sans_vergogne #truand

  • BREAKING: 8 young Jews have locked down to the Israeli Consulate in...

    BREAKING: 8 young Jews have locked down to the Israeli Consulate in Boston. They are protesting the killings in Gaza and Israel’s ongoing deadly Occupation. We say #Dayenu, #EnoughOccupation #NeverAgain.

    RETWEET FROM @pragmactivist

    #boston #breaking #consulate #dayenu #deadly #down #enoughoccupation #gaza #israel #israeli #jews #killings #locked #neveragain #occupation #ongoing #protesting #say #young

  • On pourrait ré-intitulé l’article “L’Arabe dans l’imaginaire israélien...”
    Ben-Gurion in 1951: Until a Jewish Soldier Is Hanged for Murdering “Arabs, Murder Won’t End
    Israel’s first prime minister argued that only the death penalty would deter Jews from gratuitous killing of Arabs.”


    “I’m not the justice minister, I’m not the police minister and I don’t know all criminal acts committed here, but as defense minister I know some of the crimes, and I must say the situation is frightening in two areas: 1) acts of murder and 2) acts of rape.” So declared Prime Minister and Defense Minister David Ben-Gurion in 1951 before dropping a bombshell: “People in the [General] Staff tell me, and it’s my view as well, that until a Jewish soldier is hanged for murdering Arabs, these acts of murder won’t end.”

    Ben-Gurion was speaking at a cabinet meeting on abolishing the death penalty. Jewish-Arab tensions were high following the 1948 War of Independence, and there was also a problem with infiltrators: Arab refugees seeking to return to the homes and fields they left during the war. Consequently, Jewish murders of Arabs had proliferated, and some ministers considered the death penalty necessary to solve this problem.

    The cabinet discussion of 66 years ago is particularly interesting in light of this week’s very different cabinet discussion about a soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian terrorist in Hebron after he no longer posed a threat.

    “In general, those who have guns use them,” Ben-Gurion asserted, adding that some Israelis “think Jews are people but Arabs aren’t, so you can do anything to them. And some think it’s a mitzvah to kill Arabs, and that everything the government says against murdering Arabs isn’t serious, that it’s just a pretense that killing Arabs is forbidden, but in fact, it’s a blessing because there will be fewer Arabs here. As long as they think that, the murders won’t stop.”

    Ben-Gurion said he, too, would prefer fewer Arabs, but not at the price of murder. “Abolishing the death penalty will increase bloodshed,” he warned, especially between Jews and Arabs. “Soon, we won’t be able to show our faces to the world. Jews meet an Arab and murder him.”

    The cabinet first discussed abolishing the death penalty – a legacy of the British Mandate – in July 1949, at the urging of Justice Minister Pinhas Rosen. Ben-Gurion was dubious even then. He said he would support the bill, but was almost certain the death penalty would ultimately be reinstated, because abolishing it “will lead to a proliferation of murders.” After intense debate, the cabinet agreed to abolish the death sentence except for treason during a state of emergency.
    The bill then went to the Knesset, where the Constitution Committee held lengthy deliberations. A year later, Rosen presented the cabinet with a problem: Seven prisoners were on death row, but their executions were being delayed until the Knesset made up its mind about the death penalty.

    As the cabinet discussed this issue, Ben-Gurion stunned his colleagues by saying he no longer supported abolishing the death penalty, primarily due to an increase in killings of Arabs by Jewish soldiers.

    Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett, who in 1949 had supported abolishing the death penalty on the grounds that “Human society must aspire to a moral level at which it’s forbidden to take human life,” also unexpectedly reversed himself at this meeting.

    “With great regret I’ve become convinced that abolishing the death penalty is inconceivable,” he announced, noting that even countries “which are immeasurably more humane than we are – I’ve spent years there and I live here – maintain the death penalty.”

    The main reason for his U-turn, however, was “the crimes that have happened and are happening week after week, especially in the army,” including some that weren’t public knowledge. Sociopaths might not be deterred by the death penalty, Sharett admitted, “but that Jewish chap who kills two Arabs he met on the road, I’m not willing to say, without trying it first, that he’s a killer by nature and won’t fear the death penalty.”

    Some Jews, Sharett said, think “every Arab is a dog, a wild dog that it’s a mitzvah to kill.” And “to save them from killing human beings, it’s a mitzvah to have the death penalty here. As long as we don’t have it, these murders will continue, and we’ll be held accountable, and it will create moral corruption here.

    “I’ve giving a speech of repentance and confession here,” he continued. “I’ve learned from experience that in this country, the death penalty is necessary ... We made a mistake when we stopped hanging ... If all the crimes committed in this country were reported, terror would grip the public and lynchings would start. I’d shoot a Jewish chap who wanted to shoot an Arab passerby if that were the way to save him.”

    Sharett then described one case in which three Arabs were killed and a fourth saved only because a Jew threw him into a hut, and another case in which two Indian Jews were almost killed by fellow Jews who thought they were Arabs until they shouted “Israel.”

    Minister Dov Yosef backed Ben-Gurion and Sharett. “In principle, I’ve opposed hanging as a penalty all my life, but unfortunately, in this country and today’s situation,” it’s needed, he said.

    Minister Haim-Moshe Shapira concurred, saying he was especially horrified by group killings. He cited one in which “eight soldiers were present at the time of the murder. Surely they didn’t all murder, but they were all present at the time of the crime and not one member of this group stopped the crime.”

    “There have been worse cases,” Ben-Gurion responded.

    Ministers Golda Myerson (later Meir) and David Remez, in contrast, remained opposed to the death penalty, but agreed that much more must be done to prevent crimes against Arabs.
    In the end, the death penalty was abolished – but only three years later, in 1954.

    Gidi Weitz
    Haaretz Contributor

    #Israel #Palestine #Ben-Gurion #Arabs #Jews #Killings #Murder #death #History

  • Populists in Europe (4/8) : #Hungary facing nationalism

    Hungary is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. The country has to cope with the rise of #Jobbik – the self-proclaimed “most popular radical party” in Europe. The ruling #Fidesz party, on the other hand, does not hesitate to use their political opponent’s most extreme ideas.

    In Hungarian, #Jobbik means both “better” and “further right” – an apt name when we look at the current political context in the country. lire la suite

    #Debates #Politics #2014_European_election #anti-Semitic #Fidesz #Gábor_Vona #Hungary #Jews #Parliament #populist #racist #right-wing #Roma #Viktor_Orban #violence

  • The #Jews_of_Egypt

    The subject is fascinating, both broadly and specifically. Specifically, “Jews of Egypt” explores the history of a group that has been all but forgotten in a country whose current Jewish population, by several accounts, amounts to roughly 200 individuals. More broadly, the #FILM’s value is manifold. It investigates how history is written, and the impact of parties who are written out of said history. It also calls into question assumptions surrounding Judaism in the Middle East and support of Israel; and beyond this, the relationship between nationalism and religion.

    #Cairo #Henri_Curiel #Zionism

  • Carmen Weinstein : Legacy and Nostalgia

    In death, Weinstein becomes a legend because the community is nearly gone, not in spite of it. She’ll be remembered as the last standard-bearer of an alternative narrative to the dominant one about 20th century Arab Jews, in which they all left for Israel and America after being kicked out of their homes.


    #jews #Egypt

  • http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/jewish-family-recounts-their-memory-egypt-and-life-israel

    “We were not sent away or harassed because we were Jewish, but because we were foreigners. A big percentage of the Jews present in Egypt had a foreign nationality, and consequently, many of those who became refugees were Jews,” Cohen points out. “We had Egyptian nationality, but they took it away and forced us to leave. People called us ‘British Zionist Jews’ — it was a very hard time,” Cohen explains with a melancholic tone.

    “We were given one week to leave the country. Egyptian police stayed outside our door and did not allow us to leave the house. They closed my father’s shop and put him in jail for two days,” he says.

    Cohen explains how their Muslim neighbors went to the Mugamma, Cairo’s administrative hub in Tahrir Square, to try to prolong their stay.

    “We stayed another two months in Cairo, then we left on a boat to England,” he says.

    After disembarking in the Greek port of Piraeus, Israeli immigration officers were waiting for Jewish families.

    “They asked us why we were going to London and proposed we go to Israel instead. They offered us a house and a new nationality. And we accepted,” Cohen recounts.

    The arrival in Israel was shocking for the Cohen family. They all had to share one room, they had no running water or jobs, and they had left their belongings behind.

    In Egypt they were rich and part of the high society of Cairo. In Israel, they were no one — just another refugee family.

    #egypte #israel #Jews #nasser #revolution