Thursday, May 24, 2012

Playing with fire

Over the weekend, in an extraordinary racist outburst, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that illegal African immigrants threatened the Jewish identity of Israel. Today, we saw the effects of that: race-riots in Tel-Aviv:

Dozens of African asylum seekers were injured as race riots broke out in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night.

Thousands of protesters joined politicians to protest against the arrival of an estimated 60,000 asylum seekers in Israel in recent years. But after inflammatory speeches the demonstration broke out into violence.

Witnesses reported seeing men and women being beaten and shops and properties being attacked. Police said nine people were arrested.

This is what happens when you play with fire, and deliberately whip up hatred of a minority group for political gain. And you would expect an Israeli Prime Minister of all people to know that.