Hatred is hatred

Regrettably, incitement and anti-Semitic pronouncements are common throughout the Arab world. Edward Said campaigned strongly about this insidious trend throughout his life. No less disturbing is Jewish hatred of Arabs and Palestinians, equally irrational and dangerous.

The following news item, only appearing in Hebrew, offers evidence of well-known Rabbis expressing racial vilification:

“A conference which took place yesterday against the establishment of a mixed Arab-Jewish school in Pat, Jerusalem saw harsh attacks made by well-known rabbis.

“The (ha-mekubal) Rabbi David Bazri said: ‘The establishment of such a school is a foul, disgraceful deed. You can’t mix pure and foul. They are a disease, a disaster, a devil. The Arabs are asses, and the question must be asked, why did God did not create them walking on their fours? The answer is that they need to build and wash. They have no place in our school’.

“His son, Rabbi Itzhak Bazri, also referred to the interpretation of Ishmaelites – people similar to donkeys, and said ‘the Arabs are inferior. What do they want? To take our daughters. They say we are racists. Well, they are the evil, they are the cruel, they have the foulness of snakes. There’s foul and there’s pure, and they are foul’.

“In response to questions by ‘Walla!’, Rabbi Bazri said that he meant to emphasize the difference between Arab and Jewish culture, and that there is no common denominator that can bring us together. Bazri went on to say that ‘our experience is to prevent situations in which our Jewish girls be hurt by Arabs and to prevent danger to Jewish lives. We intend to demonstrate in front of the City Hall and to do everything we can to prevent this initiative’.

Rabbi Yehuda Der’i, brother to Arie Deri and Chief Rabbi of Ber Sheva, also participated in the conference and said that ‘this is a thing that the Jewish mind, logic and soul cannot tolerate. We have to go from house to house and raise supporters in the neighbourhood to prevent this horrid punishment.’

“Today the school is running in a temporary building and is looking for a permanent residence in the Pat neighbourhood of Jerusalem. The municipality assigned a territory for the school but because of repeating appeals to court the process is delayed. Today the matter is scheduled for a debate in the High Court.”

When Arab clerics preach hatred, they are rightly condemned. There is a telling silence when Jews do likewise.

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