Generally, I try to write about the big issues, major trends in Israeli national society and security. But occasionally I make exceptions when I find a story like this one: someone so extraordinary in his (mis)deeds or beliefs that he demands the spotlight. Zohar Zuarets (this link directed to his Facebook page, which he’s now closed) you command it and have earned it tonight!
An Israeli Facebook user wrote to me about his postings:
I’m not young and I’ve seen many [Facebook posts] but this one [left me] speechless.
This is what shocked the bejeesus out of her (Hebrew original screenshot below):
Oh my God, what a dream I had! I enter the hospital nursery with all the cradles with babies inside. I draw out my butcher knife and go to every baby and if it’s Arab, I decapitate it. By a Jewish baby I place a sacred book [“Tikun Klali”–a book of ten Psalms recited when a man has a nocturnal emission!]. The rosiest dream I’ve ever had!
Suarets, age 29, is notorious in the Israeli media and to the police as well, as these stories from Walla! show. He’s been arrested for vandalism, spraying racist graffiti in public spaces with anti-Muslim slogans like:
Death to Arabs
Muhammed was a pig.
No blood, no peace.
Kahane was right.
He was protesting the fact that his local supermarket employs Israeli Palestinian workers.
In a subsequent Facebook post he bragged that he’d lied to the judge in order to “save his ass.” Here are some of those lies:
I only want to say that I truly understand that I made a very big mistake. Until the police came to the barber shop [where they arrested him] it hadn’t dawned on me serious these things were. I didn’t see them as crimes at all. I’m truly sorry. I say to all races, to everyone, don’t diss anyone.
This fine human specimen even told the judge he had a child he hadn’t met till the day of his court date. The supposed mother of his child even testified on his behalf–saying they were headed for couples counseling.
On Facebook, he published this after the hearing:
Now’s the time to reveal the Big Secret! I don’t have a son and there’s no wedding. The whole thing was made up to save my ass.
A few final words of wisdom from this exemplar of Jewish ethics:
Death to Arabs: babies, men, women, and children. Let ’em burn!
It’s bad enough that vermin like this exist in Israel. But an even worse sin is that they receive no punishment for their crimes. Which of course indicates an inability or unwillingness to confront their ideas and hate. Either the judicial system approves of them; or feels impotent to do anything about it. Either way, this is beyond tragic. Lest anyone wonder why BDS appears to be sweeping the world, gentlemen like this and Israel’s unwillingness to confront them are a good part of the reason.
The Israeli police, when contacted by a Israeli Facebook user, published a status on Zuarets’ timeline indicating they were aware of his posting about the genocidal dream and “were investigating.” Right. That’ll intimidate him! Note that among the “enemies of the Jews” he features in his poster above are Israeli political parties like Meretz, Yesh Atid, the U.S., and even the Israeli police and Shin Bet!
The family name Zuarets is common among Libyan Jews and his social media profile confirms this. Though hatred of Arabs infects all sectors of Israeli society, it can be especially virulent among Mizrahim like Zuarets. Though to be clear, I’m only calling out a single Mizrahi here, not all. In fact, it is quite a common social phenomenon in societies as striated and ethnically divided as Israel for sub-groups within a single ethnic group to look down on others within the ethnic group. That’s what motivates Ashkenazi discrimination against Mizrahi Jews.
Thus Mizrahim, sensing Arabs are hated by the Israeli Jewish Ashkenazi majority, separate themselves from other Arabs by seeing themselves as Jewish, and therefore different and superior:
The advent of Zionism and the establishment of the Israeli State drove a wedge between Mizrahim and their origins, and replaced their Jewish – Arab identity with a new Israeli identity based on hatred of the Arab world. The inevitable outcome was an irreconcilable Mizrahi denial of its own past, which gradually evolved into self-hatred
In this case, it is Israeli society and its prejudices that is to blame far more than any individual Mizrahi may be. This may explain the exaggerated sense of hate, anger and violence Zuarets harbors toward Arabs.
He posts pictures of himself in tefillin at the Kotel, indicating he is Orthodox. Though this picture of a bare-chested Zuaretz isn’t exactly a model of tzniyut (“modesty”).