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February 19, 2009

ABE FOXMAN DEFENDS LEADING ISRAELI BIGOT

Sydney Levey, Jewish Voice for Peace - Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League is defending one of Israel's most powerful far-right extremists and his plan to strip "unfaithful" citizens, mostly Arab Israelis, of their citizenship. The Anti-Defamation League is supposed to "secure justice and fair treatment to all." Instead, they are supporting a dangerous ideology that calls for taking citizenship away from Israelis for exercising their right to free speech. . .

Avigdor Lieberman now heads Yisrael Beytenu, the third largest party in Israel, and is likely to be a minister in a new Israeli government.

On February 10, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that Abe Foxman defended Lieberman's plan, despite the fact that "Some liberal Israeli and Jewish groups have condemned Lieberman as a fascist - the left-wing Meretz Party even compared him to the late far-right Austrian politician Joerg Haider - for his proposal to require Israeli Arab citizens to sign an oath of allegiance to the Jewish state." . . .

Avigdor Lieberman led the drive in Israel's Central Election Committee to have Arab political parties banned from running in the most recent election, which passed successfully and was overturned only by the Israeli Supreme Court. He has called for the expulsion of Arab Members of the Knesset, threatening them that "a new administration will be established and then we will take care of you." He has called for Arab citizens of Israel to sign an "oath of loyalty" to the state or be stripped of their citizenship. His party has been very clear about what being "loyal" means: If you are an Arab student and dare come to school wearing a kefiyah, you are "disloyal." Lieberman's party said that if you are a Muslim Israeli and collect money and medicines for Gaza relief, you are "disloyal."

If Lieberman's plan is put into place, if you do not meet his standards of loyalty, you lose all the rights of a citizen; you lose the right to vote; and you lose the right to have a political party or to run for office - that is, the right to participate in Israel's political process. Is this what the ADL stands for?

It is ironic that the ADL understands as anti-Semitic the accusations of dual loyalty hurled against Jews in the US and elsewhere, but remains unconcerned about similar accusations against Arab Israelis.

1 Comments:

Anonymous wellbasically said...

This is what happens when moderates try to use limited war to show how tough they are. Kadima flattened Gaza to create a situation where there will be more suicide bombers, but is not racist enough to really defend Israel properly from the blowback, so the crazy right gets in.

February 19, 2009 1:20 PM  

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