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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Ultra nationalists in Israel

This Guardian Comment Is Free article pissed me off.The whole tone is nasty but there is one part that really got my goat (pun intended):

'For now the focus is on the Israeli elections of 22 January. The polls suggest that a government ranked as one of the most rightwing in Israel's history is set to be replaced by one even further to the right. Binyamin Netanyahu's Likud – now merged with the party headed by his ultra-nationalist former foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman – is losing ground to the ultra-ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party. Even the more modest projections suggest Jewish Home will emerge as the third-largest party, one that Netanyahu will find very hard to exclude from his next coalition.'
This crude attempt to blacken the name of nationalists in Israel intrigues me. When have you ever heard Jonathan Freedland, or any other Guardian or BBC journalist ascribe negative nationalist motives to Hamas or Fatah? These are organisations that openly call for the destruction of the State of Israel and the death of Jews. Organisations that freely state that no Jew will be allowed to live in the future Palestinian state but they are not described as nationalists let-alone ultra-nationalists or ultra-ultra-nationalists.

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