WAFA Issues Report on Incitement and Racism in Israeli Media

Arab member of Israeli Knesset, Haneen Zoabi. (Photo: via Al Jazeera, file)

The Palestine news agency, WAFA, Monday issued a report on incitement and racism published in the Israeli media against Palestinians and Arabs between June 15 and 21 July, 2016.

The report reviewed a number of articles published by Israeli writers and journalists, which are either direct or indirect incitements against Palestinians and Arabs.

Maariv newspaper published a racist article by Michael Kleiner on July 7, in which he attacked Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, Hanin Zoabi, as a woman and an Arab, and further promoted stereotypical views on Arabs.

Kleiner asked if the 47-year-old Syria-born single woman would have been allowed to apply makeup, leave the house without a head cover, join protests, wave flags or board a Turkish flotilla, establish a career, receive a salary and appear on media outlets if she was still in Syria, or if she would be busy taking care of homeless children that she birthed after being forced to marry an old man and fighting with her husband’s younger wife that was recently added to the family.

Kleiner said Zoabi is fortunate that Jews rejected the Uganda plan and returned to their ancestor’s land where they paved roads, built universities in Jerusalem and Haifa and established a Western country where Zoabi can wear pants, fight for the rights of women and homosexuals and express her extreme and violent ideas under the pretext of freedom of expression.

Meanwhile, in a video published on July 19 on NRG website, Ze’ev Kam criticized Arab member of the Knesset, Yousef Jabarin, who claimed that Israel had assassinated former leader Yassir Arafat.

Kam described Jabarin’s claims as part of a Palestinian culture which promotes lies.

Kam also said, “There is an Arab member in our Knesset who is extremely jealous of Zoabi and he wishes to receive the same media attention that the former receives. His name is Yousef Jabarin. You do not know him, but he is doing everything possible to gain fame.”

NRG website also published an article by Sara Cohen in which she attacked the Israeli army radio station for broadcasting poems by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, saying: “Darwish’s war is the word and his narrative is the Palestinians. The problem lies when we adopt his narrative and mock the words that we do not understand.”

She warned against upholding art, culture and diversity, which promote expelling Jews through the use of knives and gunfire.

(WAFA, PC)

1 Comment

  1. These ‘israelis’ will never debate any truth a Palestinian or other puts forth to them…. always deflect and distract. Why?! Because they know, as they always have known and will forever know, they are living in stolen land and on borrowed time.

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