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  • Ilan Gilon refuse les excuses d’Oren Hazan qui l’a traité de « moitié d’humain »
    The Times of Israël - Par Times of Israel Staff 8 novembre 2018,

    Le député du Meretz Ilan Gilon, qui est handicapé, a refusé les excuses de son confrère du Likud Oren Hazan, après que ce dernier l’a traité de « moitié d’humain » durant un débat à la Knesset lundi, a rapporté mercredi la Dixième chaîne.

    Le reportage télévisé montre Hazan qui s’approche de Gilon à l’assemblée générale, et qui lui tend la main en présentant des excuses.

    Gilon a alors refusé de lui serrer la main.

    • Un élu du Likud qualifie un député handicapé de « moitié d’humain » qui riposte
      Oren Hazan a ensuite affirmé que l’insulte ne visait pas le handicap d’Ilan Gilon et s’est excusé si ses propos ont pu être interprétés de cette manière
      Par Times of Israel Staff 6 novembre 2018, 13:35

      (...) Hazan a affirmé plus tard qu’il n’avait pas voulu se référer au handicap de Gilon.

      Ces propos ont été tenus au cours d’un débat animé à la Knesset sur une législation qui conditionnerait le financement gouvernemental des arts à une supposée « loyauté ».

      Gilon avait critiqué la ministre de la Culture Miri Regev, également issue du parti du Likud, depuis la tribune où Hazan est venu ensuite prendre sa défense.

      Gilon et Hazan ont échangé quelques mots avant que le parlementaire du Likud ne dise que « si vous n’étiez pas une moitié d’humain, alors je vous répondrais probablement ».

      Gilon a riposté en disant que Hazan était le « Golem de Prague ».

      Gilon s’est ensuite exprimé devant les caméras de la Dixième chaîne, répondant aux propos tenus la veille par Oren Hazan qui l’avait qualifié de « moitié d’humain ».(...)

  • What’s so bad about assimilation? -

    Lucy Aharish and Tzachi Halevy may actually spawn a much more moral and civilized race than the one that has arisen here so far

    Gideon Levy
    Oct 13, 2018 1

    The fear of assimilation is something we’ve all imbibed with our mothers’ milk. Annihilation, destruction, Auschwitz, something like that. Even as proud Israelis with our own country and army, many among us were afraid to enter a church. Long before the latest wave of religious coercion while we were still fearfully kissing bibles that had fallen on the floor, we the children of the false secularism of Tel Aviv would sometimes play with fire: We’d cross ourselves, sort of as a joke. It was a test of courage and test of fate, no less than jumping from a roof or touching the flame of a burning candle.
    On Jaffa’s Yefet Street there’s a threatening school, and we were told it belonged to the “Missionaries.” Missionaries then sounded like the Gestapo. Whenever we’d walk pass it, even when we were already a little older, we would fearfully ponder what was going on within its walls. There was a rumor that a child from our school went there and was never heard from again. We never forgave. We suspected his parents of being Christians. It really frightened us.
    That’s how we grew up, the first generation of the rebirth of the Jewish state – that’s how they brainwashed us with fear. We were never taught a single word of the New Testament. Impurity. “The Narrow Path: The Man from Nazareth” by Aaron Abraham Kabak was the only sliver of information we got about Jesus in the secular, liberal, official school curriculum, long before the advent of Naftali Bennett. We of course heard nothing at all about Islam or the Koran. When Arela (Rela), the daughter of a close friend of my mother’s and a cousin of Benjamin Netanyahu’s, married Donny in San Francisco, we said, it’s not so bad, Donny is nice despite his being a gentile. That’s the way we were.

    >> ’She seduced a Jew’: Lawmaker bemoans wedding of Fauda star to Israeli Arab TV anchor
    We’ve grown up since then and gotten more powerful. Israeliness took root in the country, the world went global, and weddings with gentiles become more common and less threatening at least among a substantial minority of liberals. But the national narrative stayed the same: Mixed marriages are an existential threat, assimilation means destruction. We don’t need an excoriating Oren Hazan to understand how deeply rooted this narrative remains in the Jewish Israeli experience. Ask almost any parent, including most of those who regard themselves as enlightened and secular, and they’ll reply that they’d “prefer” that their son marry a Jewish woman. Why, for God’s sake?
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    The opposition to assimilation is racist and purely nationalistic. Again it’s the superior and pure Jewish blood that mustn’t be mixed, heaven forbid, with any Christian, Muslim or other impurity. After a long history living as a minority under threat, the people can’t shake that survival instinct. But let’s advance on step and ask: What for?
    The state of Israel is the embodiment of Judaism and its values. Here the Jews are a majority, they’re the sovereign, there’s nothing to stop them from achieving their wishes.
    If Israel were a model society or moral country, we could understand the need for the struggle against assimilation for the sake of preserving lofty values. But look at the disaster: Gentile Canada has in the past year absorbed some 3,000 Eritrean asylum seekers fleeing Israel where they were shamefully rejected. Netta Ahituv recently described with what humanity the unchosen country has treated them, and what memories they have of the Chosen Land (Haaretz, September 21). That’s just one example.
    Is the struggle against assimilation a struggle to preserve Jewish values as they’ve been realized in Israel? If so, then it would be best to abandon that battle. The gefilte fish and hreime (spicy sauce), the bible, religion and heritage, can be preserved in mixed marriages as well. While Western countries are becoming multi-cultural and mixed marriages routine, here we fight against any mixing. We view it as an existential threat, with one of the ministers even threatening the children of mixed unions.
    The Jewish state has already crystallized an identity, which can only be enriched by assimilation, which is a normal, healthy process. Lucy Aharish and Tzachi Halevy may actually spawn a much more moral and civilized race than the one that has arisen here so far.

  • Israeli lawmaker’s attack on celebrity Jewish-Arab marriage echoes Nazi ideology

    MK Oren Hazan accused TV anchor Lucy Aharish of seducing Fauda actor Tzahi Halevi in order to hurt Israel – and Netanyahu said nothing

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    Oct 11, 2018

    Knesset Member Oren Hazan (Likud), he of the infamous selfie celebrating the passing of the nation-state law, has identified a terrorist cell. This cell has a single member – TV anchorwoman Lucy Aharish.
    This week the Arab journalist carried out a terrorist act intended to lower the Jewish birthrate when she married actor Tzahi Halevi. “She seduced a Jewish soul with the aim of harming our country and preventing more Jewish offspring from perpetuating the Jewish line,” the racist, ignorant and repulsive MK tweeted.
    Substitute the word “German” for “Jewish” here and you’ve got the Nazi racial doctrine. Talk of racial purity, prevention of “assimilation,” seduction of the male and hostile exploitation of his fine, pure seed for nationalist purposes. In the name of such an ideology, six million Jews were murdered in Europe.

    Next week, the Knesset opens its winter session. The Likud MK will address the parliament from the podium. He will vote in committees. No boycott will be imposed on his party faction. He will not be penalized. He will exchange high-fives and pats on the back with the gang who appeared in the selfie. They deserve each other.

    Tzachi Halevy and Lucy Aharish.Vered Adir, David Bachar
    But something can still be done. A few months from now, when an early election is announced, Likud will hold a primary for its slate for the 21st Knesset. Like the rest of the bunch who were elected on the basis of their districts in the last primary, this time Hazan will have to run on the national list. There the hurdle is much higher. The last time around, when he ran in the Samaria district, he needed just 2,000 or 3,000 votes. This time he’ll need 20,000 to gain a top-20 slot (the district winners will be ranked after them). Whoever marks Hazan’s name on the ballot despite this repugnant tweet and everything else we now know about the guy will directly harm Likud.
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    In any event, given the party’s primary system, at least a third of the current MKs will likely be gone in the next Knesset. The math is simple: Twenty-nine will run for re-election (all but Benny Begin). Plus, four candidates not currently in the Knesset are likely to be elected to the list: Gideon Sa’ar, Danny Danon, Yoav Galant and Nir Barkat. That makes 33. The national list that comprises the top 20 will include no more than 18-19 of these people. In other words, we’ll have to bid farewell, happily or otherwise, to some 15 MKs.
    On Thursday we waited in vain for the Likud chairman (and Hazan’s selfie buddy) to denounce the disgusting tweet. Netanyahu chooses his condemnations carefully. What starts with “droves of Arabs are streaming to the polls” culminates in the seduction by Arab women of Jewish men so as to suppress the Jewish birthrate.
    We also waited in vain for any fatherly scolding from the prime minister of his elder son Yair for his hateful, invective-filled Facebook post aimed at Television News Company analyst Amnon Abramovich. No point expecting any such thing from Netanyahu. They are all his sons.

  • Israel: Apartheid under the law

    If a genuine opposition existed in Israel with a worthy leader, it would shout from every platform that the policy of theft and dispossession is destroying whatever chance remains of a two-state solution

    Zeev Sternhell Nov 23, 2017
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    In the past, a story was famously told in Israel about a clash between Golda Meir and Justice Minister Haim Tzadok, who disagreed with her in a cabinet meeting. At the end of the meeting, she went over to him and told him she thought they were friends. Yes, he replied, but I’m also the justice minister of Israel.
    His words reflected the governmental culture of yore, a culture that current Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and her post-fascist party deem infantile. But the crude violence she propagates is much more dangerous than the primitive vulgarity of Likud’s Miri Regev, David Amsalem or Oren Hazan.
    This is all nothing new. What’s new is the way the attorney general is kowtowing to the will of the justice minister and her party. Shaked wanted Avichai Mendelblit from the beginning, apparently because she knew from what cloth the former cabinet secretary was cut regarding issues critical to the government – the occupation, the settlements and Palestinian rights.
    And now he’s supplying the goods. How is the heir to Haim Cohen, Aharon Barak and Yitzhak Zamir not embarrassed to revoke his professional opinion concerning the “illegal outposts” – as if the rest were legal – while brazenly sanctioning the minister’s request to steal Palestinian land, both private and public, for the “public need” of the settlers; i.e., to pave roads for Jews only? This is what the rule of law has come to in Israel.
    Based on the figures reported by Nahum Barnea in Yedioth Ahronoth last Friday, an extensive amount of territory is to be expropriated and, for the convenience of the occupiers, construction will be prohibited “only” on some of it. This isn’t the first intolerable act of an apartheid system that receives a legal seal of approval. High Court petitions against the move will surely be filed, but they may not be enough to bring this policy to an enduring halt. Settlement advocates dominate in the government and the army, so there’s no real way to stop it.
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    So there is no recourse but to call on public opinion, the media and the universities to apply pressure. There is an urgent need for a broad campaign on American and European campuses, and in EU institutions, against this apartheid. The Israeli public is an equally important target, and in the absence of an active opposition party, the social justice organizations must reach this audience.

    If a genuine opposition existed in Israel with a worthy leader, it would be shouting from every possible platform that the policy of theft and dispossession is destroying whatever remains of the possibility of separating from the Palestinians via the establishment of a Palestinian state. Who will fight this government? Certainly not someone who thinks that groveling and ideological kowtowing to the right are the recipe for getting elected.
    It’s important to stress that there’s a big difference between appealing to groups that, for historical reasons, can’t identify with Labor, and signing on to the right’s crude nationalism. This nationalism is a violent and destructive European phenomenon that has nothing to do with the culture of North African Jewry, any kind of Jewish identity or the Jewish religion. To win the hearts of the people who live in the country’s outskirts, it’s not necessary to support the occupation and settlements, which does nothing to redress social injustice – just the opposite.
    Thus a party that wants to replace Likud in power must first convince people that it has an alternative national policy. This goal will not be achieved by making foolish statements about how peace can be reached with the Palestinians without evacuating a single settlement, or by being complicit in turning Judaism into a means of control and oppression of people who had the misfortune not to be born Jews.

    Zeev Sternhell
    Haaretz Contributor

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  • WATCH: Verbal Clashes in Knesset After Lawmaker Calls Israeli Soldiers Murderers

    Israeli Arab MK Zoabi causes storm during debate on reconciliation with Turkey, prompting calls to have her barred from legislature.
    Jonathan Lis Jun 29, 2016 5:46 PM

    A clash broke out at the Knesset plenum on Wednesday after MK Haneen Zoabi (Joint List) called Israeli soldiers who participated in the takeover of the 2010 Gaza flotilla “murderers.” Her comments took place during a legislature session on the reconciliation agreement with Turkey, formally announced on Tuesday.

    Lawmakers Mickey Levy (Yesh Atid), Oren Hazan (Likud) and Hilik Bar (Zionist Union) gathered around the podium and demanded that Zoabi be removed. Levy even ran from his seat and tried to forcefully remove her from the podium. The meeting’s chairman, Deputy Knesset Speaker Hamad Amar (Yisrael Beiteinu) removed Zoabi from the platform and the plenum. Other lawmakers, including Hazan, Levy, Meretz chairwoman Zehava Galon and Joint List MK Jamal Zahalka, were also removed.

    Turkey and Israel have reconciled after a six-year rift. The agreement renormalizes diplomatic relations between the two countries and ends the crisis that erupted following the death of nine Turkish civilians during a raid by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara flotilla to Gaza Strip in May 2010 – on which Zoabi was also present.

    “I stood here six years ago, some of you remember the hatred and hostility toward me, and look where we got to,” Zoabi said in her speech. “Apologies to the families of those who were called terrorists. The nine that were killed, it turns out that their families need to be compensated. I demand an apology to all the political activists who were on the Marmara and an apology to MK Haneen Zoabi, who you’ve incited against for six years. I demand compensation and I will donate it to the next flotilla. As long as there’s a siege, more flotillas need to be organized.”

    MK Haneen Zoabi’s full speech at the Knesset


    • Des parlementaires israéliens tentent de s’en prendre à Haneen Zoabi
      Publié le 29 juin 2016 sur le blog de Jonathan Cook | Traduction : Jean-Marie Flémal

      (...) Tous les échanges verbaux de cette vidéo sont en hébreu, mais cela n’importe guère. Vous n’avez pas besoin de comprendre la langue pour vous rendre compte de ce qui se passe. Un député juif, Oren Hazan, du parti du Likoud de Netanyahou, chahute Zoabi sans arrêt pendant plus de quatre minutes, alors que le président de l’assemblée ne fait rien de plus que de lui demander poliment de se calmer et de s’abstenir d’interrompre l’oratrice.

      Rappelez-vous que des députés palestiniens se font régulièrement éjecter de la Knesset pour bien moins que ce genre de comportement intempestif et de violation du protocole parlementaire. Remarquez également que la caméra de la Knesset passe autant de temps, si pas plus, à filmer le trublion qu’à suivre Zoabi, légitimant implicitement de la sorte ce comportement antidémocratique.

      Mais, quand Zoabi accuse les militaires de « meurtre » – après quelque 4 min 30 sur la vidéo – c’est tout l’enfer qui se déchaîne brusquement. Une douzaine, voire plus, de députés juifs se précipitent vers le perchoir et se mettent en encercler Zoabi comme une meute aboyante de hyènes. À ce stade, quand Zoabi est menacée physiquement par plusieurs députés en plein parlement, on pourrait penser qu’il serait temps d’en éjecter quelques-uns par la force, ne serait-ce que pour bien montrer que cette subversion du processus démocratique ne peut être tolérée. Mais pas le moins du monde. On les traite avec des gants blancs.(...)

  • Change for Peace Will Only Come From Outside Israeli Society

    The center is closer to Likud than the left, so the Paris conference is an important step if the United States and European Union treat it with the necessary gravitas.

    Zeev Sternhell Jun 03, 2016 12:33 AM

    It’s hard to understand what all the commotion was about. After all, the new government is exactly what most voters wanted to see when they left the polling booths at the last election.

    To most of the public, Avigdor Lieberman, Naftali Bennett and Benjamin Netanyahu were meant for each other. All three believe that liberal democracy – with its moral and intellectual values, respect for individual rights without regard to religion or nationality, and system of checks and balances – is nothing but an infantile invention or a mere deception.

    All three are united in their belief that the system has to undergo a thorough change and that in the nation-state of the Jewish people, Jews must enjoy absolute priority. To achieve this, the “judicial revolution” of previous years must be erased, with the justice system subordinated to the executive branch.

    If the majority wishes to expel elected Knesset members whose loyalties it feels are unsatisfactory, or if the majority decides that leftist NGOs or human rights groups are foreign agents, the Supreme Court has no right to intervene. Justices weren’t elected and their guiding principles were never ratified by voters. This is what democracy means to these three.

    They also share the view that relinquishing control of the West Bank in order to end the conflict with the Palestinians is absurd. What sane country would volunteer to give up such assets? Israel is stronger than ever, so there is no need to change the status quo. The occupation and apartheid regime in the territories are legitimate and have become a permanent fixture via the settlement enterprise.

    All this leads to the conclusion that a profound change will not come from within Israeli society, only from without. This is so for the simple reason that most of the center’s leaders hold views similar to the right’s. The style is different and most centrist MKs don’t resemble Likud’s Miri Regev or Oren Hazan, but ultimately Moshe Kahlon, Yair Lapid and Isaac Herzog are closer to Likud than to Meretz.

    This is why the international conference in Paris is an important step forward if the United States and European Union treat it with the necessary gravitas. Recruiting international public opinion in the media and at universities is also important, but this effort will take several years to bear fruit.

    Indeed, if striving for a two-state solution becomes important enough to the Americans and Europeans, they have all the tools to take action. All the Israelis need to realize that the occupation has a price is for the Americans to whisper in the prime minister’s ear that if one more housing unit goes up in the West Bank beyond the 1967 borders or if one new outpost is established, American military aid will stop greasing the wheels of Israel’s arms makers.

    Let the Israeli taxpayer try paying for research and development and sustaining thousands of jobs. In addition, diplomatic assistance at the UN Security Council could be predicated on significant progress on the Palestinian front. No more free lunch. When the automatic American veto is lifted, Israel will be held responsible for its actions. Everyone knows that it takes one harsh Security Council resolution to shock us more than years of polite talk.

    The Europeans can do their part by deciding that the settlements are not part of Israel. They can support Israel’s economic and cultural prosperity while boycotting the settlements. This is the only way to help us extricate ourselves from the morass we’re mired in.

  • Israel Must Return the Bodies of the Palestinians Killed at Qalandiyah -

    Israel’s refusal to return the bodies of killed assailants is another depressing stage in the methodical dehumanization of the Palestinians, aimed at continuing the control over them.

    Gideon Levy May 05, 2016 9:17 AM

    Maram Abu Ismayil, 23, and brother Ibrahim Salah Tahah, 16, shot after attempted stabbing at Qalandia checkpoint in West Bank. April 28, 2016Reuters, Mohamad Torokman

    Fatmah and Salah Taha lost two children last week. Maram and Ibrahim were shot dead at the Qalandiyah checkpoint in another execution of suspected stabbers. Salah, a taxi driver from Qatannah, who for years drove ritual slaughterers and kashrut inspectors from Bnei Brak, was made a doubly bereaved father.

    But for Israel this grief doesn’t suffice. The government is determined to maltreat him further. His suffering and that of his wife isn’t enough to satisfy its lust for abuse. There is no explanation for its stubborn refusal to return the bodies of their children to these poor parents, other than pure evil. There’s no other explanation for this nauseating necrophilia apart from the desire of a few cynical politicians to satisfy their voters’ desire for revenge.

    The competition between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is being conducted on the bodies of Palestinians, and it has reached a macabre stage. Erdan, in the name of the police, patriotism and his supporters in Likud, refuses to return bodies. Ya’alon, in the name of a semblance of humanity, will return them, while Netanyahu instructs his ministers not to return them, but this week restored their authority over the morgue refrigerators.

    The body of the ramming attacker near Dolev was returned on Tuesday; he was lucky that soldiers killed him and not policemen. MK Oren Hazan has already protested.

    Where does this wickedness come from? Why this demonic attitude toward bereaved families whose whole world has been destroyed? At times their loved ones were killed as if they were stray animals; they weren’t given medical attention and were left strewn on the road. And then officials can’t even restore to the families their last vestige of dignity and comfort by returning the bodies so they can have a grave to visit.

    Hamas also does this and it’s equally vile, but it does it to try to get its prisoners released. Israel does it with the excuse that it doesn’t want mass funerals and the dead to be glorified; not only does it appropriate the right to decide who lives and who dies, it also gets to decide who will be a hero. As if having their houses demolished and work permits cancelled isn’t enough, family members must also cope with this.

    Meanwhile, the bodies are piling up. They are laid out in refrigerator drawer after refrigerator drawer. Bodies of stabbers and rammers along with those who were only suspected of being such; many were executed for no reason. They were women, men and teenagers who decided to oppose the occupation in the most desperate and pathetic fashion. Confiscating their bodies – lest we say snatching them – doesn’t only increase the families’ pain, it intensifies the anger, frustration and desire for revenge in the territories. The posters are already hanging in the city streets: Give us back the bodies.

    This is another depressing stage in the methodical dehumanization of the Palestinians, aimed at continuing the control over them. Before their lives were worth nothing; now their bodies aren’t, either. Their lives belong to us and now their bodies do as well.

    People without rights, who were born to kill, have no feelings either. They can be abused during their lifetimes, in their deaths and afterward as well. They aren’t worthy of the title “bereaved parents.” What do they know of bereavement? Only we can be bereaved parents, only we can feel grief, alongside the pain and the rights. A society in which not a day goes by without fawning over and wallowing in the memory of its dead is not ashamed to show contempt for the feelings of its victims.

    In the house of mourning in Qatannah, an uncle of the dead told me this week, “They killed them, they killed them, but at least give us the bodies. We can’t go on without a grave.” When he sought to find out what would happen to the bodies of his niece and nephew from the Civil Administration headquarters in Beit El, he was thrown out. What are you even doing here, they asked, before they removed him.

    Indeed, what was he even doing there?