Are these the most offensive toxic quotes in an Israeli newspaper? A list

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN

Recently the publisher of an Israeli newspaper was accused of racism on Twitter. Responding to criticism of a supplement, the publisher had written back “you’re insolent. My family was part of Zionism’s leadership while you were still climbing trees. Haaretz has been in the Shocken family for the past 83 years, and we have gotten on fine without your ideology, and will continue to do so.” He later apologized.

The dust-up with the publisher conjures up some of the other toxic and offensive writing that has appeared over the years in this particular Israeli media outlet. Here is a list of the some of the worst.

Offensive and toxic language against black people

“Ophir was a young, darkish security man, perhaps a descendant of converts from the Arabian Peninsula, perhaps from the Atlas Mountains. But one thing was clear, his black color looked very shabby, tattered and stained with evil.Salman Masalha, June 5, 2014, Haaretz

“We’re partners in the white army that is fighting global terror. We guard the white world against Arabs and blacks. We don’t as for favors. We have receipts. We’ve starved children in Gaza and expelled blacks from Tel Aviv. We’re the battered child who became a battering father. We took abuse from the Germans and we gave it to the Jews from Arab countries, who are now giving it to the blacks.” – ‘Jewboys and Masters,’ Haaretz, February 8, 2018

“The young women do everything intentionally more slowly. The most politically incorrect thing to say is that when the young woman checking the cars is of Ethiopian origin, the line gets even longer. We’re talking about the checkpoints where only cars with Israeli license plates are allowed to pass…The soldiers and security people stationed at the checkpoints must develop skills in the realm of racial doctrine and a canine sense of smell to distinguish between a Jew and an Arab…” ‘Politically Incorrect in Palestine,’ November 20, 2017, Haaretz

‘”Kushi is a beautiful word” headline at Haaretz, 26, April 2017 [Kushi is a derogatory term Hebrew speakers use for black people and Africans]

“The Nubian Princess on Big Brother…to miss shows at every opportunity, have noticed that this is the season of Tahunia, the gorgeous Nubian princess. Or as my partner likes to call her: Petunia. The truth is …” [in an article about an Ethiopian Jewish woman on a TV show]

 

Offensive and against Arabs

“They, like the Arabs and the Beduin, wouldn’t dream for a second of telling him the truth about their income.” ‘First Amona, then poverty,’  Nehamia Shtrasler, 20 December 2016 Haaretz

Arabs, you are dear to us, and you cost almost as much as Jews. We invest as much in your education as in the Jews’, and almost as much in your health as in ours, so that you’ll be less of a demographic threat and there will be coexistence. For the demographic threat we brought in a million Russians – many of whom aren’t even Jews, though they are blond.” Yitzhak Laor, ‘Dear Arabs, help us’ Haaretz 13 October 2016

“In Israel, a Good Arab Is an Invisible Arab…[Lucy Aharish] Because she – how shall we put it – does not look Arab, sound Arab or dress like an Arab.” Gideon Levy, March 12, 2015

“The battle for Jerusalem is almost lost. Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) students currently account for 39 percent of all the capital’s school children. Arab students account for 37 percent of the capital’s school children. Zionists account for only 24 percent of the capital’s school children and, of those, only half are secular.” – Ari Shavit October 3, 2013, Haaretz

Against Russian immigrants

A million immigrants from Russia, a third of them non-Jews, some of whom were also found to have a degree of alcohol and crime in their blood, were not a problem.” ‘The migrants aren’t the problem, Israel’s racism is’, Haaretz Gideon Levy, December 22, 2013

“Arabs, you are dear to us, and you cost almost as much as Jews. We invest as much in your education as in the Jews’, and almost as much in your health as in ours, so that you’ll be less of a demographic threat and there will be coexistence. For the demographic threat we brought in a million Russians – many of whom aren’t even Jews, though they are blond.” Yitzhak Laor, ‘Dear Arabs, help us’ Haaretz 13 October 2016

Against Jews

“Global ‘wannabe’ Jews estimated at up to 14 million”, [with a photo of Asian Jewish people]. 5 November 2014, Haaretz

“Sheldon Adelson, king of the Jews,” caption on 12 April, 2017, Haaretz

“Nikki Haley, Rock Star to the Jews and their knight in shining armor” headline 28 March, 2017, Haaretz

“The gay, Jewish far-right provocateur fueling Trump’s culture war” about Milo Yiannopoulus, the newspaper later changed it to note he was “self-described” as Jewish., February 5, 2017

“Once again we see Jews and trains are a bad fit,” 7 September, 2016, Zvi Barel, Haaretz

“It must be state clearly; The insistence that Jews marry other Jews is racist.” – ‘A racist wedding at the Maccabiah games’ Haaretz July 16, 2017

Toxic narratives about Mizrahi Jews

“A false Mizrahi narrative…There is a huge Ashkenazi majority and a small Mizrahi minority. Before the Holocaust there were 16.5 million Jews in the world, only a million of them Mizrahim, of whom only 200,000 lived in Morocco. After the Holocaust there remained nearly 11 million Jews, of whom 250,000 lived in Morocco. That is the proper ethnic representation in both history and culture [sic].” Oded Lifshitz, 20 July 2016

“Much of Mizrahi voting patterns are therefore due to the fact that Mizrahim constitute the overwhelming majority of Israel’s lower socioeconomic percentiles and of Israel’s periphery…Israel’s left has tried to tackle the animosity of socioeconomically disadvantaged Mizrahim in the wrong way. It has desperately tried to show how socially minded it is, implicitly trying to ingratiate itself to the lower socioeconomic classes… we care about Israel’s remaining a liberal democracy, and our deepest concern is that Israel’s political right is undermining core liberal values.” – Carlo Strenger, April 1, 2015, Haaretz

 

 

 

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