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Who Says There Is No Jewish Nazism?
By Khalid Amayreh
PIC, September 6, 2010
Ovadia Yosef is the spiritual leader of hundreds of thousands of
haredi orthodox Jews who give him automatic and nearly absolute allegiance.
This week, he lashed out at the Palestinians, saying that they should all be
annihilated. "May God destroy them with a plague," said the elderly rabbi.
Yosef's remarks should be taken seriously as they seem to reflect a
deepening grave phenomenon in the Israeli Jewish society. It is Jewish
fascism, pure and simple. It is racist, virulent and violent.
Unfortunately, with the exception of a few sporadic voices, which criticized
the rabbi for saying what he said, the Israeli society generally ignored the
manifestly racist remarks, either out of apathy, or because they concurred
Even Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu refused to
directly and explicitly denounce the racist tirade, even though it was
politically correct to do so in a certain sense. Instead he babbled a
few words, saying that what Yosef said didn't represent the policy of the
Israeli government. Shas, the political party whose ultimate political maker
is Yosef, is an important coalition partner in the Netanyahu coalition.
Interestingly, Yosef was not talking merely about Arab extremists, or
terrorists, or other "demonized groups." He was rather talking about "all
Palestinians" who he said should perish.
Yosef is considered a Torah
sage. Hence, it is unlikely that he was mincing words or making a slip of a
tongue as some hasbara propagandists would claim to limit the damage
generated by the racist utterance.
I strongly believe the
world, especially Jews, ought to treat such calls, which haven't been made
for the first time, with utmost seriousness and gravity, because wishing
Palestinians "a speedy annihilation" is effectively a call for genocide.
Jews can't keep talking about the holocaust while fascism is taking
root in their midst. They should realize, in case they don't that Nazism was
sinful and evil, not because it was partly directed against Jews, but rather
because it was inherently diabolical and nefarious.
In the final
analysis, Jewish fascism is no less evil than German fascism or any other
fascism. There is no such a thing as a kosher genocide or a kosher
holocaust, the kind of which this ignorant, hateful old man, who calls
himself a Torah sage, is calling for. Didn't he learn when he was young the
cardinal Biblical commandment, thou shall not murder?
Yosef is by no
means thunder on a clear day. He represents a widespread phenomenon in
Israel and amongst Jews who increasingly harbor genocidal views toward the
Palestinian people. This genocidal ideology, dubbed by much of the
international media as merely "Jewish extremism," can be called Jewish
Nazism, at least from the perspective of ideology.
ago, another rabbi, Mordechai Elyahu, who died recently, was quoted by his
own son as saying that hundreds of thousands, even millions, of Palestinian
civilians ought to be killed if largely innocuous projectiles from Gaza
Other religious figures, who routinely invoke the
issue of terror, readily quote from the Old Testament, justifying war crimes
and crimes against humanity perpetrated callously by the Israeli occupation
army against innocent civilians in occupied Palestine and Lebanon .
One religious Zionist leader, a lady, didn't hesitate to call on the Israeli
government and army to adopt Biblical-style genocide in dealing with the
Palestinian issue. Needless to say, a Biblical-style solution means
annihilating men, women, and children and not leaving a breathing thing.
It is highly hypocritical and morally duplicitous for Israel and its
supporters to urge Muslims to rein in their extremists while giving a near
carte blanche to the likes of Ovadia Yosef to spew their hateful venom.
When an Israeli soldier hears Yosef spew this Nazi-like venom,
it is predictable how this soldier will internalize what he heard,
especially in dealing with Palestinians.
Then the innocent blood
shed will not be the sole responsibility of the young brainwashed soldier,
but also the responsibility of the rabbis who keep fostering hate and racism
among their followers.
When an Israeli murderer, a French Jewish
immigrant, was asked by police a few years ago why he murdered
an Arab taxi driver who had given him a ride to his home, the murderer said
he thought non-Jewish lives were worthless and had no sanctity. He
apparently had learned this during a homily at his neighborhood's synagogue.
Yes, there are extremists everywhere. But in Israel, extremism is the
mainstream, as successive elections have repeatedly shown. Today, in Israel
humanists, human rights activists, academics who oppose racism and equality
advocates are hounded and demonized. The gangs of fascism, who function
under a variety of rubrics, don't sleep the night trying to vilify
university professors and others who dare call the spade a spade. In short,
terror and McCarthyism are in the air every where in a state that
mendaciously calls itself "democratic."
True, Muslims have
extremist organizations such as al-Qaeda and other organizations which
commit acts of mostly politically-motivated violence and terror.
However, while the bulk of Muslims are decidedly against these groups, it is
sad that we find most Jews are decidedly and enthusiastically supportive of
Jewish racist and terror groups, especially the settler movement whose
venomous ideology advocates genocide as the ultimate solution for the
Ovadia Yosef will get away with
impunity as he did numerous times before. In the final analysis, Yosef is
the product of Israeli fascism which he epitomizes.
should also look back at similar experiences where fascism took its course
and reached its evil potentials. We all know the rest of the story.