September 12, 2007

Arresting nazis "a sign of Israel's strength"

This neo-nazis in Petah Tikva business has hit the Daily Telegraph. The writer of the article expressed surprise at the presence of neo-nazis in this safe haven from nazis. But look:
Anxious to maintain its Jewish identity in the face of a local Arab population with a high birth rate, Israel has allowed various waves of immigration that have added new social strata.

Much was made of the fact that the neo-Nazi gang members all came from the families of recently arrived immigrants from the former Soviet Union. In a country of just 7.2 million people, the arrival of a million immigrants in just a few years from the former Soviet Union was bound to have an impact, not least because of the immigrants' often weak connection with Judaism.
So Israel relaxed its rules concerning "who is a Jew" in order, paradoxically, to maintain Jewish supremacy. Is it really such an ideological leap for the beneficiaries of this policy to embrace neo-nazism?

The article concludes by saying:
It is a sign of Israel's strength that not only were these men arrested for the attacks they committed on innocent bystanders but when they went to jail yesterday, they had to be put in solitary confinement. Their fellow inmates abused and threatened them, making sure they understood quite how crackpot their dalliance with neo-Nazism was.
This is a strange conclusion given that neo-nazi activists have been discovered twice before and in the same place too (see here and here. The first time it happened it turned out that Israel had no law against antisemitism.

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