Judy Mozes, never one to learn from her racist mistakes, or even to care about them, has returned to her ugly ways on Twitter. Today’s tweets were slightly less crude and more coded, but they remain racial slurs.
She tweeted that she was on a shopping spree at a store outside London just before returning to Israel. Settler PR flack, David HaIvri (né Jason David Axelrod), tweeted jokingly: “How’s the coffee in London?” To which she replied: “Really strong and black!” He replied: “Always the best.” You can see the entire exchange in this screenshot including Ha’Ivri’s nod-and-wink English tweet reaffirming their mutual hate for Obama.
By the way, I think we can safely assume the type of “strong black coffee” both would love is Ben Carson!
Some further context is in order: Mozes is in the UK accompanying her husband, Interior Minister Silvan Shalom, who was addressing a Bicom conference, UK-Israel Shared Strategic Challenges. So while her husband was representing the State in an Israel Lobby hasbara effort, she was throwing away some of her family billions (she’s an heiress of the Mozes family fortune) on a London shopping spree.
Alternatively, since she joined her husband on official State business, is this tweet part of a continuing campaign by the State to revile the President of the United States? Considering that she’d already made racist taunts against Obama earlier, the repetition of them in a more cutesy-pie way does lead one to believe that neither her husband nor his boss has any problems with it.
Her interlocutor is a settler who represents the most vicious and homicidal of the Hebron settlers, HaIvri. He lives in the settlement of Tapuach, where the Jewish serial killer Eden Natan Zada sought refuge before he slaughtered Palestinians on a bus. Earlier in his life HaIvri-Axelrod was a devout follower of Kach and Meir Kahane. He was arrested once for defiling a mosque and celebrating the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.
For the spouse of a cabinet minister to engage with him would be as if Michelle Obama or Laura Bush tweeted to David Duke or a Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. The difference of course is that such a thing could not happen in the U.S., but certainly can and does in Israel. The settlers are Israel’s Klan. Ha’Ivri is one of their chief enablers. Israel’s Klan is, in essence, at the heart of political power in Israel.
In her first tweet in the thread, she notes she dropped some major shekels at the Primark store in Oxford, which she calls the “best value in the kingdom.” If her estimation is correct, how did the retailer get to be that way? By paying poor Bengali women next to nothing for sewing and knitting its clothing and then abandoning them when they become victims of the corruption and greed of the factory-owner. This is one of the companies whose workers were victims of the Rana Plaza disaster, when their factory fell down on their heads. It’s taken years for the retailers to accept any responsibility for their suffering. Primark did finally in 2014.
All this means that one of the richest women in Israel shops at a discount clothing store in the UK, which exploits poor Bengali women. Considering the privilege she enjoys as one of the eighteen Israeli oligarch families which own or finance an enormous portion of the Israeli economy, she has no need to pinch pennies (or shekels) shopping so down-market. Go figure.
Thanks for research assistance from Dena Shunra.