One of my Israeli readers brings word of a truly ghoulish Israeli right-wing Facebook group, I Too Want to Burn MK Talib A-Sana. It seems that A-Sana, the Israeli Palestinian elected representative of the Raam-Tal Arab nationalist party has asked the officers of the Knesset for permission to travel to Gaza to witness conditions under which the residents live while under Israeli siege. He wanted to explore Israel’s use of weapons during Operation Cast Lead that violate international law and to amass evidence that could be used before the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
Provocative? Yes. But who’d a thunk there’d be Israelis nutty enough to advocate publicly in Facebook burning the guy at the stake for his alleged sins? One of the most entertaining passages in the Facebook page actually argues that Israeli rightists really don’t want to be racists, but Israeli Palestinians make them that way. Truly:
They don’t understand that they are greatest promoters of the growth of the Israeli extremist right. We’re disgusted with the games you play daily in the Knesset. Your loyalty to the enemy turns us more and more into extremists. You’ve forgotten who you’re supposed to represent and who pays your salary. You won’t exist after the next election when Lieberman gets 20 seats. The Supreme Court, which refused to allow you to be banned, and your fellow Arab Knesset members leave us no other choice.
Some Israeli peace activists have posted hilarious rejoinders on the group’s Wall. Here’s one from Ziv Kitlaro:
Dear friends, If you haven’t already assigned all the jobs for the burning ceremony, I can bring the benzene. Who’s bringing Talib? We can collect firewood and bring potatoes to roast. I can also bring some books. It’ll be a great bonfire!
How else can you deal with horror than by satire and ridicule? If you didn’t laugh you’d cry for the poisoning of Israeli society with hate such as this.
The group was founded by Or and Dor Hasson (the rhymin’ Simon twins of the Israeli far right Facebook crowd). Who belongs to such a reprehensible group? Typical right-wing thugs perhaps? Not at all. The list of members reads like a Who’s Who of Israel’s finest education institutions. Here are a few of the credentials of the members of this estimable group:
Group founder Or Hasson is a real sweetheart who loves Grey’s Anatomy. Perhaps he’s looking for medical ways to increase the pain he can inflict on A-Sana? His twin or kissin’ cousin Dor, loves trance music and Baruch Marzel. What a combination! Then there’s David Elatov, a mechanical engineering student at Israel’s most prestigious scientific university, the Technion.
The following are graduates of the renowned Leo Baeck School, named for the famed Reform liberal, humanist rabbi who perished during the Holocaust. I’m virtually certain that Rabbi Baeck would be pleased by the ethical excellence displayed by students who studied at an educational institution named in his memory:
Ori De-Paz is doing post-graduate work at Bar Ilan’s graduate school of management. Ido Madmon’s motto is:
When you trample on an ant for a joke, it dies for real
Perhaps Ido betrays more concern for ants than he does Arabs, who he’s fully prepared to burn alive. Or maybe he thinks Arabs won’t burn when you light a match to them and that it’d all be a most excellent game.
The greatest enemies of the my people have burned Jews at the stake from the Romans to the Inquisitors. The Nazis burned our books on Kristallnacht. Now there are Jews who want to inflict the same punishment on their enemies. A schande. What do I have in common with these hooligans, thugs and pogromists? Can Jewish blood really flow in their veins? They may’ve photoshopped horns onto Talib A-Sana’s head but the only devils I see are the ones who are making a mockery out of Israel in the eyes of the world through their hate.