Israel Palestine Middle East Conflict
Scoundrel With Permission
WHEN THE TV news starts with a murder, people are relieved.
This means that no war has broken out, no suicide bomb has exploded, no Qassam rocket has been launched at Sderot. Ahmadinejad has not test-fired a new missile that can reach Tel Aviv. Just another murder.
In recent weeks, there were two cases that trumped even these atrocities.
Damian Karlik, an immigrant from Russia who worked as head waiter in a Russian restaurant, was dismissed for theft and decided to take revenge on the owners, Russian immigrants like him. He went to their apartment and stabbed to death six people, one after another – the owner and his wife, their son and his wife and their two small grandchildren.
An immigrant from the US called
Jack Teitel, an inhabitant of one of the most extreme
West Bank settlements, has now confessed to the killing some years ago of two random Palestinians. He returned briefly to
WHAT IS so special about these
two cases is that they involved new immigrants who were allowed into
The Law of Return accords every
Jew the right to immigrate (“make Aliyah”) to
This makes the case of Karlik especially interesting. He was suspected in
This organization, Nativ (“path”), was active in the
Apart from this, Nativ was also engaged, of course, in espionage.
It is no secret that for decades immigrants arriving from the
After the collapse of the
Communist regime, Nativ was to be disbanded, but like
every threatened organization it fought for its life. It was decided to leave
it intact and put it in charge of immigration to
The religious credentials of the immigrants interest Nativ much more than any criminal record they may have. It seems Nativ has no contacts with the Russian police, who probably suspect it of other activities.
Thus it happens that a person
like Karlik, a man under investigation for robbery
with violence, was found suitable for immigration. His ethnic pedigree was impeccable.
After his arrival in
Teitel’s case is similar. True, in the
THESE AFFAIRS shine a spotlight
on one of the guiding principles of the Zionist establishment: to bring Jews to
In this situation, there is an
understandable temptation to overlook the criminal past of would-be immigrants.
So what if somebody, a kosher Jew, has robbed a bank
or mistreated children? In
That is true, of course, only for an immigrant who is a Jew according to the Halakha (religious law). If he is a Goy, the story is quite different. That is the province of the leader of the Shas party, Eli Yishai.
IN THE present Israeli government there are several candidates for the title of Racist in Chief. An objective jury would be hard put to choose between them.
The favorite is the Foreign
Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, a certified racist whose
entire career in
But the King of Racists is the
Minister of the Interior. He is more dangerous than his colleagues because he
has absolute power over the civil status of every person in
It is difficult to decide whether Yishai is an extreme fanatic or a complete cynic, or some strange combination. As matter of fact, when Shas was still a moderate party, in those distant days when its guru, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, ruled that it is permissible to give back the occupied territories, and its former leader, Aryeh Deri, was the darling of the left, Yishai, too, declared “Yes to Oslo, Yes to the evacuation of Jews from Hebron, Yes to Arafat!” But since then much dirty water has flowed down our polluted rivers, Shas has turned into a radical right-wing party and Yishai is now the most extreme rightist in the government.
His unshakable devotion to the
purity of the race arouses admiration. Hardly a day passes without some
shocking news about his activites. He fights like a
tiger for the expulsion of 1500 children of foreign workers who were born in
The Interior Ministry prevents
the entry of American and European citizens who bear Arab names. Officials of
the UN and the EU in charge of projects for the Palestinians are normally unable
to enter from Jordan (or anywhere else outside
In the eyes of Yishai, every son of a Thai is an enemy of the Jewish
state, every daughter of a Colombian worker is a threat to the purity of the
Jewish people. He has declared that the foreign workers are an “infection”, and
warned that Tel Aviv is “becoming
Such a person would not remain a
minister in the cabinet of the
Recently, during the operation “Cast
Lead”, Yishai demanded that we “bomb thousands of
houses, to destroy
800 years ago, Rabbi Moshe Ben-Nahman, called Nahmanides, coined the phrase “Scoundrel with the permission of the Torah” - meaning a person who does despicable things which are not expressly forbidden in the Bible. I am not sure if even this appellation would fit Yishai, since the Bible forbids more than once the mistreatment of strangers – “Ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless and the widow” (Jer. 7:6), “He…loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment” (Deut. 10:18) and many other commandments to this effect.
BUT More important than Yishai himself is the phenomenon that he represents: the invocation of the demographic demon, which terrifies the country.
62 years after its foundation,
the State of
Practically all Hebrew Israelis want a state with a Hebrew majority, where the Hebrew language, culture and tradition are cultivated. But many of us do not want a man-hunting, woman-hunting and child-hunting state, closed to asylum-seekers, where foreign workers who outstay their welcome must live in permanent fear, like our ancestors in the ghettoes.
In order to exorcise the demographic demon, my friends and I have applied to the courts and requested that the registration “Nation: Jewish” in the Ministry’s Register of Residents be replaced with “Nation: Israeli”. Our application was rejected by Judge Noam Solberg – the very same person the Minister of Justice is moving mountains to get appointed as Attorney General.