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Strange story about Israeli antisemitism

February 25th, 2007 . by Matt

Today Israeli newspaper Haaretz has a strange story about Jewish immigrants using the Law of Return to emigrate to Israel, and then become neo-nazi’s. It is a bizarre case of Jewish antisemitism against their fellow Jews.

Dr. Elana Gomel, chair of the English Department at Tel Aviv University and author of “Atem ve’anachnu” (“You and Us”), a book on being Russian in Israel, agrees that there is anti-Semitism in Israel. “After the collapse of Communism,” she says, “states that were part of the Soviet Union licked their wounds and looked for ways to make up for the downfall, and it came in the form of reinforcing their nationalism. The vacuum left by Communism was filled by fascism and Nazism,” Gomel says.

“Their message is, ‘if I’m not accepted here as a Jew, then I’ll remain Russian,'” Gomel said. “The enormous gap in mentality between the cultures of the Sabras and the immigrants doesn’t help their absorption into society and they develop antagonism to Israeli society. The absurdity,” Gomel adds, “is that even if the anti-Semitic nationalists return to Russia, the Russian anti-Semites won’t accept them and will persecute them just as people of Jewish extraction in the Wehrmacht during the Nazi regime were persecuted. The phenomenon is sick because it is a form of self-flagellation that cannot be stopped,” Gomel said.

Some more –

Hitler youth
Irina, 18, lives in central Israel. She belonged to a group of young people, “Nazi skinheads,” that terrorized the ultra-Orthodox residents of a central-Israel city. “I was a ‘skin girl,'” relates Irina, whose was the girlfriend of the group’s leader, Leonid [a pseudonym – M.K.]. Leonid, who is now about 19, immigrated at age 10 from Azerbaijan on the Law of Return. The only Jew in his family was one of his grandfathers.

Irina says that Leonid’s downslide began in the ninth grade. He felt alienated from Israeli society and decided to join up with a Nazi skinhead group. “We were a bunch of Russian new immigrants, boys and girls,” Irina relates. “Most of the boys had shaved heads and wore army pants.”

A group of about 15 teens who believed in the Nazi ideology coalesced around Leonid. One of their favorite activities, Irina says, was attacking Haredi. “Nazi skinheads hate the religious, especially Haredim, for them the Haredim are the ugly Jews … On weekends we’d meet in the parks, drinking and smoking and listening to Nazi music,” and then they would go out in search of dossim [a derogatory Hebrew term for religious Jews], Irina related. “On Hitler’s birthday we’d met at a cemetery and celebrate,” she said.

I guess for people that feel estranged from the mainstream society in Israel, becoming a neo-nazi is the ultimate way of attacking mainstream society, and causing shock (although converting to Islam might be another). Read the rest of this peculiar story for yourself.


6 Responses to “Strange story about Israeli antisemitism”

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  2. comment number 2 by: tomato

    The vacuum left by Communism was filled by fascism and Nazism

    Reading the article, it seemed to be more about the current troubled situation of the Russian society rather than the problem of the Israelite society secluding new immigrants.

  3. comment number 3 by: randomcow

    The Jews have a joke along the lines of “the easiest way to make someone anti-semetic is to send them to Israel.” It usually refers to the abrupt nature (aka rudeness) of the Jews in Israel, however.

    RC

  4. comment number 4 by: MarkA

    Kapos.

  5. comment number 5 by: Paul89

    The Jews have a joke along the lines of “the easiest way to make someone anti-semetic is to send them to Israel.” It usually refers to the abrupt nature (aka rudeness) of the Jews in Israel, however.

    there is no such joke. most jews look upon israel as their fatherland and look upon it with pride.

  6. comment number 6 by: eli

    there is no such joke. most jews look upon israel as their fatherland and look upon it with pride.

    Not true. Otherwise how would you explain this commercial for McShwarma?