Antisemitisme og nazisympatier i Israel, fortsat
Problemet lader til at være, at Israel i sin iver efter at øge sin befolkning og hermed bedre fortrænge palæstinenserne har tilladt rigtig mange ikke-jødiske især russere at flytte til landet; hvilket kunne forekomme at være en god ide, bortset fra at mange af disse russere er stærkt højreorienterede og galopperende antisemitter - men måske russiske antisemitter trods alt er bedre end arabiske semitter?
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Rabbi Avraham Levine never imagined that years after immigrating from Russia to Israel he would fall victim to a brutal anti-Semitic attack in the heart of the Jewish state.Så de mennesker, der skulle hjælpe Israel med at holde araberne nede viser sig at bringe hardcore antisemitisme og antisemitisk vold til landet - til Israel, af alle steder. Uvist af hvilken grund kommer jeg til at tænke på historien om hybris og nemesis.
But less than three months ago, he was beaten up by teenage skinheads as he walked home in the city of Petah Tikva on Tel Aviv's outskirts.
"They jumped on me, beat me and cursed my mother in Russian, then they returned with sticks and beat me up. My arm was broken but only God saved my life," said Levine, 38, who arrived in Israel from Russia in 1995.
"They shouted 'Zhids leave Russia!' In Russia, I would hit someone if he said 'zhid.' How can someone do it in Israel?" he said.
"Zhid" is a derogatory term in Russian for a Jew, roughly equivalent to north America's "kike."
The number of incidents with a neo-Nazi, fascist or anti-Semitic streak has increased dramatically over the past 15 years in the Jewish state, which prides itself of being a safe haven for Jews from all over the world, according to the Dmir Centre, which monitors and assists victims of such attacks.
Although the Jewish state is no stranger to anti-Israeli attacks, a new trend has developed since the 1990s — anti-Semitic attacks carried out by "Jewish" citizens, says the centre's chief Zalman Gilichenski.
The vast majority of these incidents are thought to have been carried out by Russian nationalists who identify with anti-Semitic ideology, says Gilichenski.
"Nowadays it has become a phenomenon," says Gilichenski, a 40-year-old ultra-Orthodox who had emigrated from Moldova in 1989.
The nationalists came to Israel as part of the massive immigration wave from former Soviet states in the 1990s. While they are Jewish under Israel's law of return — meaning that either they, one of their parents or one of their grandparents are Jewish — they do not consider themselves as Jews.
Gilichenski receives reports of anti-Semitic incidents in Israel on a daily basis and he estimates there are some 500 incidents a year in Israel.
Via Haitham Sabbah.