I love Max Blumenthal. The first thing that the Israeli loyalty oath reminded me of was the Pledge of Allegiance, oddly enough.
I recall Norman Finkelstein calling Israel a "lunatic state" shortly after it attacked the Free Gaza aid flotilla in May. I can't really disagree with that. There's a difference between fanatical nationalism in the cases of North Korea and Israel, namely, the fact that the state of Israel uses propaganda to justify the slaughter and torture of its neighbors. (North Korea simply uses propaganda to keep its population willfully ignorant of its being fucked over, and I personally feel more okay with lobotomies than real life Milgram experiments.)
As a result, Israelis are incredibly fearful of Arabs. Center Against Racism, a pro-Israeli institute that is committed to reducing racism within Israel, found the following about Israel's Jewish population.
- 75% would not agree to live in a building with Arab residents.
- More than 60% wouldn't accept any Arab visitors at their homes.
- About 40% believed that Arabs should be stripped of the right to vote.
- More than 50% agree that the State should encourage emigration of Arab citizens to other countries
- More than 59% think that the culture of Arabs is a primitive culture.
- When asked "What do you feel when you hear people speaking Arabic?" 31% said they feel hate and 50% said they feel fear, with only 19% stating positive or neutral feelings.
In any case, I plan on spending the rest of the week on researching ways to end Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Therefore, my blog might be geared heavily toward the occupation for awhile, especially if we at STAND decide to dedicate a week to Arabs or, more specifically, the history of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Wish me luck.
EDIT: Wow. It only gets worse. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3861161,00.html
The teens were asked about the rights of Arab Israelis. Here, too, there was a gap in the opinions of religious and secular students. While 82% of religious students responded that they don't believe Arabs should be granted equal rights as Jews, 36% percent of seculars responded that they do not believe in equal rights for Arabs and Jews. Overall, 46% students believe there should not be equality between Jewish and Arab citizens of the State of Israel.
The poll showed that many students believe the phrase "Death to Arabs" is racist, and, therefore, not legitimate. Forty-five percent of religious students and 16% of secular students, however, believe it is a legitimate statement.
Some 82% of the religious students believe Arab Israelis should not be allowed to vote in Knesset elections, versus 47% of seculars. Overall, 56% of the high school students polled believe Arabs should not be allowed to vote.
Students were asked if they would be willing to have an Arab friend who is the same sex and age as they are. Out of the religious students polled, 81% said they would not be willing, versus 23% of secular students who would not want to have an Arab friend. Overall, 32% of students said they would not want to have an Arab friend.
Dare I say that the Israeli Jewish population is nearly as brainwashed by the state of Israel as the German "Aryan" population was by Hitler's Germany? Hitler's crimes may have been far greater, but his propaganda amounted to the same message as Israel's; ethnicity B is subhuman and should be treated as such.
Ironic, isn't it? I blame their military culture, in addition to the fact that you would have to believe in the state of Israel if you were to immigrate there. The nation is mostly comprised of Jewish citizens, who decided to immigrate to Israel well into its history of crimes against humanity.