Forgetting that Israel is an occupier

Jewish anti-Zionist writer Shraga Elam emails just the latest example of mainstream Israeli racism:

On 26.5.2009 “Channel 2” cameras photographed Betar players among them the star Amit Ben Shoshan singing very happily after they won the Israeli cup a song popular among their fans. A song that goes like this:

What’s Salim doing here?

Don’t you know?

What’s going on here I ask?

Everywhere I hear that this is the land of Israel

Toama, this is the land of Israel

This Is The Land Of Israel, Toama

This Is The Jewish State

I hate you Salim Toama!

I hate all Arabs!

Salim Toama is an Arab soccer player with a Israeli citizenship who plays in the Israeli national team and is now making his living in Belgium by Standard Liège.

The International Football Federation (FIFA), in accordance with its anti-racism campaign should ban Betar and the involved players from participating in any international activities. This is not the first report on Betar racism. This club and especially its fans are considered to be the most racist in Israel.

If that wasn’t convincing enough, how about this?

The Carmel Academic Center in Haifa shut down the concentration in accounting within its Department of Business Administration because a majority of the students applying were Palestinian citizens of Israel. This was revealed in a news item reported on Israeli news Channel 10 on 24 May (in Hebrew only).

Instead, we have to suffer New York Times editorials telling Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas how to run his affairs in the West Bank, seemingly oblivious to the fact that he is loathed by many Palestinians. When was the last time a Western news outlet demanded Israel end incitement against Arabs?

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