Kobi Arieli, a prominent ultra-Orthodox radio presenter for Galey Tzahal (Army Radio) told his co-host that he hoped that the upcoming U.S. presidential election would bring to office a president who “hates Arabs.” The statement may’ve been intended in that sort of “light-hearted” way bigots have of thinking they’re telling a joke when they’re speaking cold, brutal truth.
Even more chilling was the reaction of Irit Linor, his co-host, who let loose a peal of laughter at his comment at the end of which she closed the segment by saying “Very nice.”
This is precisely the sort of casual, everyday racism one comes to expect of a society which has lost all sense of democratic values. A society in which racist, supermacist theological values have triumphed.
It brought to mind the way in which the Rwanda genocide was spurred on by racist radio talk show hosts who ranted and goaded the masses to rise up against their neighbors to slay them. No, Israel has not reached that nadir. But these are the first tell-tale signs that things are moving in that direction.
Evil triumphs when good men stand aside and do nothing. That is what Kobi Arieli and Irit Linor represent: the triumph of racism and evil.
Oh and by the way, we here in America will likely elect a president who doesn’t hate Arabs, though he’s perfectly willing to kill thousands of them. To which Arieli would likely reply: Obama doesn’t hate them enough.
H/t to Zeatu Barbarossa.