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Let me throw them out

While Israel’s mainstream is likely to vote for “racism” in today’s election, some Jews prefer to take the more obvious path:

Several parties who maintain anti-Arab platforms are running for seats in the upcoming Israeli general elections, with at least one having previously called for “relentless terror” against Palestinians.

The Jewish Front, headed by Baruch Marzel, is an offshoot of the Kach group, whose principles Israel’s Supreme Court said incited racism.

Kach was outlawed by both the Israeli and US governments in 1994.

The Jewish Front advocates the forced expulsion of Arabs from “the land of Israel”.

According to Beny Elyaho, a co-founder of the party, the expulsion of non-Jews would resolve all of Israel’s political, economic and social problems.

“Our party calls for cleansing the region extending from the River Jordan to the Mediterranean from the goyim (non-Jews) and thus guaranteeing a Jewish majority of no less than 90% throughout the land of Israel,” he was quoted as saying during a party meeting in West Jerusalem last year.

The Arab world may be filled with vile anti-Semitism, but Jews advocating ethnic cleansing is equally outrageous.

30 comments ↪
  • captain

    I would like to see a Muslim/Arab country or government outlaw one of their own groups for being antisemitic. But of course they would have to outlaw themselves!

  • captain

    But Will, would you also like to see the anti-Jewish groups outlawed? Would you support the outlawing of Hamas by those standards? After all, the rhetoric of Jew killing has been matched by many many suicide bombs.

  • captain

    Well that has to take the prize. Now Jews are implimenting a final solution. That completes the defamation of Jews as Nazis.

  • Will Full

    Antony, your humanitarian stance in the Middle East conflict is to be admired. That you, a Jew, can argue strongly for a more equitable solution and find the courage to confront the racism and bigotry of the Israeli Rabid Right mitigates against anti-Semitism and helps to lessen the hatred and extremism that fills our world.

    I takes me 'at off to you!

  • edward squire

    Chris Mar 28th, 2006 at 2:53 pm

    When I stop gagging, I’ll will make remarks on…how many Arabs dream of genocide.

    Excellent. And when will this extraordinary dream detecting machine be out on the market. It could be quite revealing.

  • Chris

    When I stop gagging, I'll will make remarks on how few Jews there are who follow Marzel, and how many Arabs dream of genocide. Of course they are equally outrageous to Antony.

  • Will Full

    Captain, oh my Captain.

    I would like to see Israel outlaw all its anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian groups.

    Problem is there probably wouldn't be many people left in Israel!

  • Progressive_Atheist

    Chris, what do you find abhorrent about Marzel's views?

  • When I stop gagging, I’ll will make remarks on how few Jews there are who follow Marzel, and how many Arabs dream of genocide.

    I assume you plan to follow that up by providing absolutely no references as substantiation for said remarks?

  • captain

    It is a racist irony here that people could call for the banning of anti-palestinian Israeli political groups but have such incredible tolerance for racist Arab and Muslim groups.

  • peter tuck

    Am I alone in thinking that any comment on the Arab-Izraeli situ is risky and sure to be misinterpreted. I will wait until the vote before I attempt to read the tea leaves and comment. You have to wonder at the absolutist dynamics, or is it chutzpah, of Izraeli politicos though when you have some minor party leader suggesting that all Israeli Arabs forsake their land holdings in Izrael (pre 1967) as a 'swap' for certain Palestinian lands within the wall that Ohlmert/Kadina would like to annex in a 'final solution'.

  • Addamo

    You’ll notice that Antony keeps printing anti-Arab, when it is anti-”Palestinian Arab who desires to kill Jews and/or not live peacibly with their neighbor”.

    So does that mean that they are not anti-Syrian Arab?

  • Chris

    If it is revealing to you, you've pegged the ignorance meter. Alas, I'm still gagging on Antony's words of nonsense.

    Sorry Stev, I have no statistics on whether or not Arabs actually dream.

  • Addamo

    It is a racist irony here that people could call for the banning of anti-palestinian Israeli political groups but have such incredible tolerance for racist Arab and Muslim groups.

    How many anti-palestinian Israeli political groups are banne in Europe in say at least 9 countries?

  • Chris

    You'll notice that Antony keeps printing anti-Arab, when it is anti-"Palestinian Arab who desires to kill Jews and/or not live peacibly with their neighbor".

  • Chris

    They are not anti-arab parties. They have platforms which oppose the reintroduction of Palestinians who have apparently shown no desire to live in peace with the existing population of Israel.

  • captain

    This just in from the dangerous Hamas:

    “The Koran is our constitution, Jihad is our way, and death for the sake of God is our highest aspiration,” Hamas lawmaker Hamed Bitawi said.

    Of course the fact that the palestinians elected a death squad as their representatives is the fault of the joooos.

  • Addamo

    When did that quote "just come in" Capatain?

  • Chris

    A Hamas leader applauds 'martyrdom'

    The explosion occurred about 1:45 p.m. (1145 GMT), just yards away from City Hall. One witness said about 20 or 30 people were near the bomber when the explosion went off.

    Police helicopters circled above the scene and police dogs searched neighboring buildings to see whether more bombs had been planted.

    Meanwhile, in the West Bank town of Nablus, Hamed Bitawi, a Hamas leader, told more than 10,000 supporters during a rally, "I have good news for you. There is a suicide operation in Tel Aviv."

    The crowd clapped and responded with shouts of "Allahu Akbar," or God is Great.

  • Addamo

    I have to agree Chris, this was nothing short of shameful.

  • captain

    It is beyond shameful. They are terrorists and they should be dealt with accordingly.

  • Addamo

    Yeah, I agree. Along with the killers of the dozen or so Palestinians killed this past fortnight.

  • Chris

    The palestinians are at war. Those Palestinians killed in the course of their declared war are not in any sense eligible for anything regarding “dealt with accordingly”. They were dealt with. They are dead.

  • Chris

    Why? There is a Palestinian-declared war going on. Palestinians are going to get killed.

  • Addamo

    Palestinians are going to get killed.

    Outside Isreli borders.

    They were dealt with. They are dead.

    Spoken like a true blood drinker.

  • captain

    Oh, Addamo, this is the old Jewish libel of blood drinking Jews. Nice.

  • edward squire

    captain Mar 30th, 2006 at 6:32 pm

    Oh, Addamo, this is the old Jewish libel of blood drinking Jews.

    Captain: believe it or not, the world doesn't revolve around Jewish people. To call someone a "blood drinker" is to suggest that they metaphorically feed on the blood of their enemies after a battle. Another common word for such a person – although marginally less evocative – is "warmonger".

    The term arises out of studies of ritualistic practices of "primative pagan cultures" – although it is difficult to disentangle anthropological fact from 19th century European anthropological fantasies.

  • Chris

    Addamo Mar 30th, 2006 at 1:48 pm

    "Spoken like a true blood drinker."

    In the immortal words of Antony Loewenstein "Finally, some clarity…"

    Some unbridled racism is revealed for all to see.

    Thank you, Addamo, for providing some clarity to your posts, unbridled racism.

  • Chris

    Here are your actual blood drinkers:

    Hamas Video:We will drink the blood of the Jews

    The Hamas website this week presented the parting video messages of two Hamas suicide terrorists. One message was for Jews, whose blood Hamas promises to drink until Jews "leave the Muslim countries," and the second to a mother, as she helps dress her son for battle prior to his suicide terror mission.

    To view the Hamas' Drink

    Jew's blood video click here

    Each terrorist had a separate message for Jews. This first said,

    "My message to the loathed Jews is that there is no god but Allah, we will chase you everywhere! We are a nation that drinks blood, and we know that there is no blood better than the blood of Jews. We will not leave you alone until we have quenched our thirst with your blood, and our children's thirst with your blood. We will not leave until you leave the Muslim countries."

    The second terrorist said the following:

    "In the name of Allah, we will destroy you, blow you up, take revenge against you, [and] purify the land of you, pigs that have defiled our country… This operation is revenge against the sons of monkeys and pigs."

    One of the terrorists saw his death as a wedding with the Maidens of Paradise:

    "I dedicate this wedding [i.e. death for Allah] to all of those who have chosen Allah as their goal, the Quran as their constitution and the Prophet [Muhammad] as their role model. Jihad is the only way to liberate Palestine – all of Palestine – from the impurity of the Jews."

    The message to one of the terrorist's mother was instruction for her to be joyous over his death and his "wedding" with the "Maidens of Paradise."

    "My dear mother, you who have cared for me, today I sacrifice my life to be your intercessor [on Judgment Day]. O my love and soul, wipe your tears, don't be saddened. In the name of Allah, I've achieve all that I've aspired. Don't let me see you sad on my wedding day with the Maidens of Paradise. So be happy and not sad, because in the name of Allah, after death is merciful Allah's paradise."

    Included in the clip is the farewell scene between the mother and terrorist son while she helps him don his military vest. In the background one can hear the lyrics, "My dear mother, don't cry over us."

    To view the Hamas' Drink

    Jew's blood video click here

    Such words are eerily familiar to a music video that ran on Palestinian Authority Television for years, in which a boy asks his parents to be happy over his sought after death. Two lines from the music video ran,

    "My beloved, my mother, dearest to me most

    Be joyous over my blood and do not cry for me"

    Palestinian Media Watch has noted that on numerous occasions, the final messages of Palestinians that went on suicide missions reflected the messages they had been hearing in the Palestinian Authority media. You can view the music video by clicking here.

    After filming their goodbyes, the two Hamas suicide terrorists went to the Karni Crossing and killed an Israeli soldier. The clip includes scenes of preparation of a tunnel, and hiding explosives in the tunnel.

    Hamas placed the video on its website in February 2006 – after the Palestinian parliamentary elections. The terrorist act glorified in the video occurred over a year ago, on December 7, 2004.

    The transcript of the Hamas video

    "My message to the loathed Jews is that there is no god but Allah, we will chase you everywhere! We are a nation that drinks blood, and we know that there is no blood better than the blood of Jews. We will not leave you alone until we have quenched our thirst with your blood, and our children's thirst with your blood. We will not leave until you leave the Muslim countries."

    "In the name of Allah, we will destroy you, blow you up, take revenge against you, purify the land of you, pigs that have defiled our country… This operation is revenge against the sons of monkeys and pigs."

    "I dedicate this wedding [i.e. death for Allah] to all of those who have chosen Allah as their goal, the Quran as their constitution and the Prophet [Muhammad] as their role model. Jihad is the only way to liberate Palestine – all of Palestine – from the impurity of the Jews…

    "My dear mother, you who have cared for me, today I sacrifice my life to be your intercessor [on Judgment Day]. O my love and soul, wipe your tears, don't be saddened. In the name of Allah, I've achieve all that I've aspired. Don't let me see you sad on my wedding day with the Maidens of Paradise. So be happy and not sad, because in the name of Allah, after death is merciful Allah's paradise."

    "My dear mother, don't cry over us

    We have to seek, my mother, the help of Allah

    My dear mother, don't cry over us

    We have to seek, my mother, the help of Allah"

    [Hamas website, February 12, 2006]

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    Please feel free to forward this bulletin, crediting Palestinian Media Watch

  • edward squire

    Chris Mar 31st, 2006 at 1:57 am

    Here are your actual blood drinkers:

    So where's the link to the video, Chris?