3 Israeli Students Dress up as KKK and ‘Abuse’ Blacked Up Peers For Kicks
A group of Israeli High School students have caused international outrage after stream.aljazeera.com/story/201403191756-0023572
The 17 students from Harel High School in Jersualem suburb Mevasseret don white sheets and hoods, with one of the “Klansmen” posing with a cross. In the foreground, three of the students painted their face in black, or ‘blacked up’ to portray African-Americans. The students posted a photo of the costumes to Facebook and the Israeli creative agency Mizbala last week. They wore the outfits to mark the Purim holiday, which america.aljazeera.com/multimedia/photo-gallery/2014/3/photos a story from the Book of Esther, where the Jews were saved from extermination in Persia. Many Jews celebrate by eating, drinking and america.aljazeera.com/multimedia/photo-gallery/2014/3/photos in a carnival-like atmosphere.
The www.jpost.com/National-News/Israelis-who-dressed-up-as-Ku-Kl attempts to dismiss this as some sort of cutting edge attempt as satire, without bothering to put forth an explanation of what is being satirised, asking readers:
” A tasteless brand of humor, or a clever display of satire?”
Israel has also implemented a racially segregated www.haaretz.com/news/national/israel-introduces-palestinian-, www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08/23/the-banality-of-ra, and mainstream media and political voices routinely refers to dark-skinned immigrants as www.haaretz.com/weekend/pen-ultimate/word-for-word-by-renami. This hostility has moved beyond legislative brutality, to physical brutality. In 2012, Tel Aviv saw race riots after prominent Israeli politicians bigot baited thousands of Israelis in the center of Tel Aviv. Speaking to the assembled thousands, Miri Regev, a member of the ruling Likud party told the crowds that asylum seekers are a www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/24/tel-aviv-protest-violen
This racist crowd, sufficiently whipped up by the politicians then proceeded to go on a rampage of racially motivated violence. www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/24/tel-aviv-protest-violen riot is hauntingly reminiscent of Nazi Germany’shttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristallnacht, where Jews were attacked in the streets, and their businesses were destroyed in an orgy of hate-fuelled violence sanctioned by the state. It was fascist then and it is fascist now.
www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/03/israel-2013-betwe, the local term for acts of random violence against Palestinians, has been broadened to describe a general trend toward racial assaults across Israel. Not surprisingly, there has been a stunning escalation of late in racial violence on non Jewish citizens, particularly by teenage and young Israelis.
During the religious festival of Purim last year, a group of some www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/03/israel-2013-betwe mobbed and beat Palestinian cleaner maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=571688 in Tel Aviv whilst shouting racist slogans at him. Describing the vicious assault Ausruf said:
“Suddenly a large group came over; they yelled at me ‘You’re an Arab. You want a state? Is that what you want?’” the Israeli news site Ynet quoted him as saying.
In this context, it is more likely that the Israeli students were re-enacting the KKK scene with the relish and humor that only an equally relentless oppressor could muster for such a shameful period in our history.