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Monday, October 18, 2010

A real Israeli

Eat your heart out Paul Henry - this is how an old hand really rarks people up about a presumed ethnic exclusivity of nationality and the superiority of one's own people. Talk about playing to your audience:

Yosef: Gentiles exist only to serve Jews:

According to Rabbi, the lives of non-Jews in Israel are safeguarded by divinity, to prevent losses to Jews.

— and by way of illustration he compares the non-Jews - Goyim - to donkeys.
It continues:

"Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat.

That is why gentiles were created,” he added.

That's an interesting annex to the creation story - perhaps in Yosef's rabbinical teachings He created gentiles on the eighth day... And lo, He knew they were gentiles when they never turned up to Adam's bar mitzvah and made all manner of excuses not to show up to the bris. Yes... He's basically saying they are their slaves and that God (sorry, G-d) has so ordained it. Guess he never got over the whole Egypt-Pharaoh thing.

Yosef’s Saturday night sermons have seen many controversial statements from the 90-year-old rabbi. In August, Yosef caused a diplomatic uproar when he wished a plague upon the Palestinian people and their leaders, a curse he retracted a few weeks later, when he blessed them along with all of Israel’s other peace-seeking neighbors.

Well he only recanted the plague and destruction of the Arabs comment so long as the Goyim are prepared to suffer in silence and not resist their masters.

Not only is Rabbi Ovadia Yosef a respected religious figure in the orthodox community, he is - unlike Paul Henry who was only a former unsuccessful National Party candidate - a spiritual advisor to the Shas party, currently in the coalition government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu with 4 Cabinet posts including internal affairs. If Netanyahu was anything like John Key he would dismiss Yosef as a "shock-jock" and the media would leave it at that. But I guess that line is a bit hard to use when they are 90 years old and quasi-papal (although in this picture it looks like he's been playing around with some video tape he's pulled out of a cassette; and no I don't know what that box is on his head, but it is probably very important.)

Netanyahu's cabinet, by the way, has just approved a loyalty oath that non-Jews have to take to be Israeli citizens that make them swear to a Jewish state. How's that for a definition of a real Israeli? But that's mainly the work of another party leader, the highly dodgy Avigdor Lieberman who will probably prove to be Israel's worst foreign minister. He makes Paul Henry look like Keith Locke. His policy is that all Arabs born on the Israeli side of their ghetto/"security" wall should have to swear to uphold a Jewish state or be stripped of their voting rights - and thence ultimately deported.

And the NZ government response to all this ethno-religious extremism and the terrorism on the expelled refugees? "Our" government invites these thugs to open an embassy and gives these terrorists diplomatic immunity. "Us" colonial, confiscating, oppressor regimes have to stick together - that's the inescapable logic. The difference therefore between a real New Zealander and a real Israeli in this context is moot. Both demand a "one state" policy where their culture, law and institutions are completely dominant and the people they are displacing are socially and economically (if not legally and constitutionally) subjugated to their will - something they can carry out politically by democratic means (through continuous, large-scale immigration) and the international support of states of a similar class.


At 18/10/10 9:49 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Netanyahu's cabinet, by the way, has just approved a loyalty oath that non-Jews have to take to be Israeli citizens that make them swear to a Jewish state."

Damn straight

We should impose this requirement on our own citizens. If you have not loyalty to the Crown but are willing to take the benefits of NZ then questions should be asked as to why the fuck are you here.

At 18/10/10 10:41 pm, Blogger Tim Selwyn said...

Given the Crown is the form of regime we have at the moment then loyalty to it - via HM the Queen - is asked of new citizens. I'm sure that's still the case. But many immigrants attain permanent residency and that is all but as good as citizenship for all intents and purposes (incl all the benefits and the right to vote) so they don't bother getting NZ citizenship and so they don't have to swear to anything: Crown, Queen, pavlova or otherwise.

At 18/10/10 11:08 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually Tim this raise up an interesting question.

If the Maori had kept the British colonists at bay and established a unified tribal government that was recognised as a sovereign state then on what basis would people other than Maori be able to come to NZ: would they be able to become citizens or would that privilage be open only to those of Maori extraction? Would they simply be seen as temporary guest workers who would never be offered citizenship because of the fear of the native population of being swamped?

Israel IS gracious enough to offer Arab Israelis citizenship but a cursory look around the world at places like Brunai, UAE (muslim countries) shows that they restrict citizenship on a even more narrow religious and racial grounds.

At 19/10/10 9:40 am, Blogger Tim Selwyn said...

Anon 11:08PM: If, if, if. Hypotheticals are not useful and the UK did recognise the United Tribes of the North as a sovereign state anyway - that's implicit in the wording of the Treaty of Waitangi and that is where that Confederation flag you will see at Maori protests originates - all pre-1840.

A more fitting parallel is to look at the reality of what the British did in Fiji - they had an agreement with the chiefs and began taking over and importing Indians as virtual slave labour for the plantations and then left them there on independence in 1970 instead of returning them. I don't think the indigenous Fijians ever wanted them there - certainly not in those numbers - and would have expected them to return. The Germans - although authors of their own fate in their case - are now asking the same thing about their "guest worker" programme. These "temporary" immigrants always end up being permanent and once their children are born in the country and start school it is difficult to enforce the original intention and remove them (unless it is Israel in which case they deport them at age 12).

Israel is not "gracious" it is begrudging. It only allows citizenship to the Arabs that they haven't expelled in order to prevent them from having another reason to oppose and resist them and to keep up democratic appearances so they won't get turfed out of the UN like South Africa was.

At 19/10/10 2:08 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see that 'if' is not a useful question to you Tim because it would force you recognize that if Maori had not colonized and had a unified and internationally recognised state it would probably resembled the countries that I have outlined. Given the feudal and hierarchical nature of Maori society it would probably resemble a country like the Dubai with a small tribal elite controlling the state while importing expertise and cheap labour who have no rights whatsoever.

At 20/10/10 3:07 pm, Blogger Uroskin said...

The box on his head is an old Jewish tradition to indicate who has the right to speak. John Boscawen tried to introduce this with a Kiwi twist when he donned a lamington at a political meeting in Mt Albert. It, sadly, didn't catch on after that.


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