An Israeli has just sent me some very compelling evidence I hadn’t yet seen about Bibi’s election day shenanigans. In the sturm und drang over his anti-“Arab” tirade, another important Bibi-meme has gotten lost. In my election post, I translated the PM’s infamous video exhorting Jews to vote because the Arab masses were storming the election booths. Bibi also claimed in the video that “foreign governments” were funding his defeat. This was clearly a reference to V15, the Zionist Camp campaign team consisting of former Obama campaign operatives.
But until now I didn’t realize that the Likud explicitly blamed “American money” for getting all those “angry Arabs” to the polls. “American” is code for “Obama.” Linking Obama to the Arab vote is itself racist since it links a Black American president to Israeli-Palestinians (Obama=Arab) in the minds of Israeli Jews. Yes, Bibi Netanyahu played the race card not just in an Israeli election, but in the American political arena as well.
I’m featuring here both a cellphone text message and posting to the Likud Facebook page which confirm this. In addition, there’s another bit of incitement on Facebook featuring an image of Haneen Zoabi and Ahmed Tibi taken almost directly from the pages of Der Stürmer. It features them swimming in a sea of red (i.e. the color of Jewish blood, get it?). Their images look like they’re behind bars for murder. Horrifying and shocking.
The only reason Obama’s picture isn’t included is that it would’ve been a bit too obvious, a bit too blatant. When you play the race card you don’t want to call attention to it too dramatically. Even racists can exercise restraint when it’s called for.
If Barack Obama ever begins to doubt his policy of placing Bibi in the deep freeze, let him come look at these images. They’ll fortify him and remind him that Bibi is one of the world’s great lying racist con artists. Not to be trusted.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.