Israel is a notoriously racist society. Now, the Israeli ambassador to Australia has revealed the depth of the problem:
The Foreign Ministry on Friday condemned remarks by the Israeli ambassador to Australia in which he told Haaretz that the two countries are white sisters amid “the yellow race” of Asia.
“If the article is accurate, this is a grave and unacceptable remark,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The ministry said it will not return to business as usual if an internal examination confirms that the ambassador, Naftali Tamir, in fact made the comments attributed to him.
Tamir said that due to what he characterized as the racial similarities between Israel and Australia, the two countries should work together to enhance ties with other Asian countries.
“Israel and Australia are like sisters in Asia,” Tamir said in an interview with Haaretz during a visit to Israel this week. “We are in Asia without the characteristics of Asians. We don’t have yellow skin and slanted eyes. Asia is basically the yellow race. Australia and Israel are not – we are basically the white race. We are on the western side of Asia and they are on the southeastern side.”
Of course, Tamir fits right into John Howard’s Australia – insular, racist and frightened.