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Shockingly Racist Israeli Op-Ed Compares ‘Bloodthirsty’ Palestinians with Ferguson Protestors

December 1, 2014 in Blogs

By Alex Ellefson, AlterNet

The article contains one jaw-droppingly racist statement after another.

Ever since the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson this summer, Palestinians have drawn parallels between the oppression of African Americans and the military occupation of Palestine. However, an outrageously racist editorial published on Friday by the Times of Israel blames “bloodthirsty” Palestinians and African Americans for their own oppression, demonstrating the similar bigotries between Israel’s right wing and those denouncing the Ferguson protestors.

The article, entitled “Nine Parallels between Palestine and Ferguson,” has since been deleted from the website. In it, writer Robert Wilkes, a member of the advisory board for pro-Israel organization StandWithUs, compares Palestinians and the black protestors in Ferguson this way:

Both have permanent, deep-set anger and rage and are looking for anything to set it off. Anger defines them, and anger keeps both mired in failure. Rather than make better choices they prefer to ride the “victim” train to nowhere. Both must have an “oppressor” to rage against; a white cop defending himself or an Israeli Jew wanting to pray on the Temple Mount serves their purposes. Rage is the only path they know to gain honor and prestige among their peers.

Wilkes continues by making bigoted comments about Palestinian and African-American leaders:

Both have perfectly wretched leaders. Black leaders in America are con artists and a disgrace. They are race-hustlers in a “business” fueled by anger. As long as blacks remain angry their “leaders” will continue to have a lucrative career. Similarly, the corrupt, undemocratic Palestinian leadership is equally unconcerned about the human aspirations of their own people.

This isn’t the first time that the Times of Israel has had to take down an editorial after it caused a public uproar. During Israel’s assault on Gaza this summer, which killed more than 2,000 Palestinians, most of whom were civilians, the publication posted an op-ed titled “When Genocide Is Permissible” defending Israel’s operation in Gaza. The article was so offensive some Israel supporters publicly denounced it. (It should be noted that the content of the article mirrored most mainstream Israeli talking points regarding Israel's operation …read more


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