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ARAB RACISM THAT INSPIRES BDS
 “Racism”

Allow us to introduce you to young Kochav Segal Halevi.  The life of the Israeli 26 year old is in danger and he is receiving death threats.  In fact he had to go into hiding.  His offence?  He purchased an apartment in the Arab town of ‘Iblin not far from Haifa.

The Arabs of the town do not like the idea of their town being polluted by the presence of a Jew.  I mean, one Jew and there goes the neighborhood.  The left-leaning Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot (Nov. 7,

2010) described the threats he has been receiving and how he fears for his life.  He is now in hiding.  Arabs who sell real property to Jews have similarly been threatened and attacked.  And of course the moderates from the Palestinian Authority routinely torture and execute summarily Arabs who sell property to Jews 

Now I mention all this because the leftist media in Israel and in the world are - as usual - up in arms over supposed Israeli Jewish “racism” against Arabs.  There are some Jewish closed communities in Israel, some of them religiously observant, in which one must be accepted as a member by an admissions committee in order to live there, and these tend to refuse membership to Arabs “to preserve the character of the community.”  (In religious communities, non-religious Jews get barred as well.  Other communities, including kibbutzim, have age and marital status restrictions.)  There have also been calls in recent days, including from some local public officials, in Carmiel and in Safed in the Galilee, to restrict the movement of Arabs into those town 

But of course the reality is that, by and large, Israeli Arabs may move into and live in just about any Jewish area in the country, while Jews cannot move into any Arab town or village or neighborhood.  The Jews cannot move into the Arab areas because they will be murdered if they move there.  Every single Israeli understands these unwritten “rules of the game.”  In fact, Jews often risk their lives just passing through Arab areas, as a group of four Hebrew University Jewish students discovered over the past weekend when they were almost lynched after making a wrong turn into an Arab neighborhood next to the campus.  (I myself have made that same wrong turn, the signs being unclear at that intersection.)  Jews are also attacked when holding political marches in Arab towns, in contrast with the anti-Jewish marches regularly conducted by Arabs in Tel Aviv and other Jewish areas.

Arabs from (Arab) Nazareth routinely buy housing in (Jewish) Upper Nazareth, but the Jews from Upper Nazareth never purchase property in (Arab) Nazareth, knowing they will be murdered if they do.  During the pogroms by Galilee Arabs in the summer of 2000, Arabs invaded Upper Nazareth and attacked Jews there.  The Jews of Upper Nazareth did NOT attack Arabs in Nazareth.  So who are the racists there?  The Orr Commission set up to investigate those pogroms condemned the Israeli police and their commanders for using “excessive” force against the Arab lynch mobs attacking Jews, but it did not denounce the lynch mobs themselves.

 More generally, the new party line of the radical Left and their Islamofascist allies is that – yes – Arabs must be permitted to live anywhere they want among Israeli Jews, but – no - Jews must be prevented from ever moving into areas the Left regards as “Arab areas,” places where Jews do not belong.  The Hebrew University’s tenured Leftists (and their jihadi fellow travelers) have been leading the marches in Jerusalem to prevent Jews from moving into neighborhoods inside Jerusalem regarded by these Klansmen of the Left as areas where Jews are regarded as “intruders.”

 So imagine, if you will, a situation in which people are demanding that all whites in the American South be permitted to move into towns and neighborhoods with black majorities and characters, but that no black people at all be allowed to move into any areas in which whites live.  Now you might object that I have reversed the “majority” and “minority” groups in the metaphor.  But you would be wrong.  Many parts of the Galilee today have Arab majorities.  The Jews in Carmiel and Safed, to name but two towns, feel they are under demographic siege.  Much of the local opposition to Arabs moving into those towns is based upon the fact that violence and hostilities have broken out when significant numbers of Arabs move to neighborhoods there.  After all, we are in the middle of a war and the local Arabs, by and large, openly identify with the country’s enemies.  Then, of course, there is also the little fact that no Jews at all can move into Arab towns and villages in the surroundings of those same towns without being murdered.

The anti-Israel Left sees “racism” in calls to restrict Arabs moving into the Jewish towns of the Galilee, but has never ever ever ever expressed an iota of criticism about the violent threats that prevent Jews from moving into Arab areas.  Those folks have had nothing to say about the plight of young Halevi.  THAT is NOT racism, you see.  The Left also is completely sympathetic to the violent attacks by Arabs against rightwing Jewish protest marchers who hold marches in some Arab towns, like Umm al-Fahm, the seat of the Israeli Arab pro-jihad Islamofascist movement (a movement that openly identifies with the Hamas).  After all, those Jewish marchers are violating the anti-Jewish sensitivities of the local Arabs.   Of course, when gay pride marches are held in Jewish religious neighborhoods of Jerusalem (but never, mind you, in Moslem neighborhoods there!), no Leftist thinks THOSE marchers should be expected to respect local sensitivities.  These are the same leftists who see nothing “racist” about Gazan Arabs firing thousands of rockets into the homes and schools of Negev Jews.  Racism is only when Israel retaliates by restricting imports into Gaza.

 Now it is true that the threats against Jews, which effectively prevent Jews from living in Arab areas in the Galilee and Negev and elsewhere, are not formal and officially proclaimed.  That is why the Israeli courts never have anything to say about them, but get livid and self-righteous whenever any Jewish gated communities shut their gates to Arab residency.  Nevertheless, everyone in the country understands the threats of violence that operate against Jews seeking to live in Arab areas.  Jews only challenge those threats when they come in large numbers and with massive police protection, such as in some places in Jerusalem into which Jews have moved.

 As I say, the media responses and the leftist kneejerk responses to those Jewish “invasions” of areas where “Jews do not belong” have been to demand that the Jews be evicted.  Let in a few Yids and there goes the neighborhood!   Arabs routinely move into many Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa and there have been virtually no incidents of violence against them.  Meanwhile the Left keeps insisting that any peace deal with the Palestinian Authority must involve the complete eviction of all Jews living in the West Bank.  Arabs will be free to live in Israel after any such “peace deal,” but Jews must be prohibited from living in what could become “Palestinian areas.”  So who here are the real racists?  Where is the REAL apartheid?

 Let us also note that none of the Hebrew University tenured leftists leading the marches against Jews living in Jerusalem neighborhoods where the profs think they do not belong have any Arabs living in THEIR buildings next to them!