jewish rally calls for ‘honour killings’

Bat Yam rally: Death to Jewish women who date Arabs
Yoav Zitun, Ynet, Dec 21 2010

Some 200 people held a demonstration in central Bat Yam Monday evening against relationships between local Jewish women and Arab men. One of the protestors called out:

Any Jewish woman who goes with an Arab should be killed; any Jew who sells his home to an Arab should be killed.

During the rally, held under the banner, “We Want a Jewish Bat-Yam,” demonstrators also insulted the prophet Muhammad and made racist remarks against Arabs and their saints. Police forces maintained order, but did not act when the demonstrators made racist remarks. One of the speakers said:

We are not racist, we are just Jews. The Arabs are coming and taking our daughters. We will not allow it.

Moshe Ben-Zikri of Eilat said the “struggle” began three years ago in Givat Ze’ev. He said:

There were 330 Arab families there, and the Jewish women would walk around with them freely. We vowed this would not happen again. Just like we triumphed there, we will triumph in Bat Yam as well. We are not afraid of the police, the media or the Arabs. We only fear God.

Bat Yam Mayor Shlomo Lahyani strongly condemned the event and those who took part in it. Lahyani denied claims made by extreme right-wing activists Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel that this was a local initiative, telling Ynet angrily:

The city of Bat Yam denounces any racist phenomenon. This is a democratic country with laws. I would like these honorable gentlemen to find a different tree to climb on, far from Bat Yam. I am certain and I know that most of the protestors are not Bat Yam residents. This is a foolish attempt to create a provocation, which has failed.

Ben-Gvir and Marzel responded to the mayor’s accusations, saying:

Lahyani has failed in his attempt to ignore the harsh reality in Bat Yam, which has been taken over by hostile elements and is suffering from assimilation. The crowd which took part in the protest was furious at the failure to deal with this phenomenon. We suggest that Lahyani stop ignoring the danger.

One of the event's organizers, Bentzi Gupstein, told Ynet Sunday night:

So many Arabs are dating Jewish women, and the public is fed up with it.

A short distance away, about 200 leftists and Arab residents of Bat Yam held a counter protest. They waved signs reading “We’re fed up with racists” and “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies.”


  1. BillWade
    Posted December 21, 2010 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    “We are not racist, we are just Jews.”

    Makes sense to me.

  2. Cat Grass
    Posted December 21, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry, but I don’t think I understand. This must be one of the oddest excuses for racism I’ve ever heard.

    Feeling threatened by Arab men and Jewish women willingly dating each other? I don’t get it.

    And what about Arab women and Jewish men? Presumably, that must occur too? Or would this situation be more acceptable in their opinion?

  3. Will leFey
    Posted December 21, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    That happens a lot. Strom Thurmond had a black mistress, didn’t he? There’s a whole “men are superior” mentality that comes with theocratic movements.

    And what if they’re Jewish Arabs? I know they’re not exactly popular in Israel, but…

  4. 6170
    Posted December 21, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    We are not racist, we are just Jews.

    He’s right, this is the take-away. They’re being true to the spirit of their holidays.

  5. koga
    Posted April 23, 2011 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    this just like back in 19th centurary america
    its acceptable for a white man to have a black woman
    and unnacceptable when its a black man with a white woman

    how come human rights and the un cant just change this
    you know over there it a arab man has sex with a jewish girl he will be imprisoned for a year,,unbelivable…interfaith marraige probably could build better bridges between the two

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