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Israel group publishes ‘racist’ videos against annexing West Bank

Settlers erect Israeli flags at the windows and roof of a Palestinian house on 26 July 2017 after they took it over and evicted the family living in it the day earlier in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. [Mamoun Wazwaz /Anadolu Agency]
Settlers put up Israeli flags at the windows and roof of a Palestinian house on 26 July 2017 after they took it over and evicted the family living in it the day earlier in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron [Mamoun Wazwaz /Anadolu Agency]

An Israeli group which promotes “separation” from the Palestinians has been slammed for publishing a series of “racist” videos, warning against the annexation of the occupied West Bank.

Writing in Local Call, Meron Rapoport took to task a series of election-related clips released by The Commanders for Israel’s Security (CIS), a so-called non-partisan group of former army commanders and intelligence officials.

According to Rapoport, the videos “can be defined in no other way but racist”.

One video portrays Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem “living in filth, among mountains of garbage”, and moving into Jewish settlements such as French Hill and Givat Ze’ev as a result. “To emphasise the danger,” Rapoport describes, “an anonymous Jewish interviewee tells us that on the opposite street, in Givat Ze’ev, ‘everyone there are Arabs’.”

“Below is a picture of the West Bank painted red, and then, this red stain extends beyond the West Bank and gradually spreads and covers the entire State of Israel. This is the image chosen to explain what will happen on the day when ‘the Palestinians will receive blue identity cards and choose themselves where to live’.”

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Aryeh Felman, former deputy head of the Shin Bet, then explains to the camera that “we in the Shin Bet security service and the IDF made efforts to limit the Palestinians in the West Bank”. For this sake, he says, the Separation Wall was erected.

According to Rapoport, “the crescendo of the campaign is reached in the next video in which a series of Jewish interviewees are asked what they think about annexation. Here all the dark prejudices hidden by the politically correct public discourse in Israel come out.”

“Why annex people who are our enemies,” says the interviewee, “that is like putting cancer into the body.” These words “fill the whole screen”, Rapoport writes. “The Arabs are cancer. Loud and clear.”

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