[IWAR] ISRAEL atmosphere of hate

From: Michael Wilson (MWILSON/0005514706at_private)
Date: Thu Nov 27 1997 - 15:59:03 PST

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                               Rhetoric of hate in Israel
          Copyright ) 1997 Nando.net
          Copyright ) 1997 Reuters
       JERUSALEM (November 27, 1997 11:17 a.m. EST http://www.nando.net) -
       Posters depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Arab
       headdress under the slogan "The Liar" appeared in Jerusalem on Thursday,
       recalling a right-wing hate campaign that preceded the November 1995
       killing of Yitzhak Rabin.
       It was the first sign of right-wing street opposition to the prospect
       that Netanyahu, under pressure from the United States, would get cabinet
       approval -- perhaps as early as Sunday -- to hand over more West Bank
       land to Palestinian self-rule.
       A Reuters television camera captured an angry Israeli tearing away at a
       row of posters of the prime minister signed in the name of a far-right
       Israeli movement known in Hebrew as Hazit Haraayon, the "Idea Front."
       "This could bring about violence," one man said when he saw a billboard
       filled with black-and-white photo posters showing Netanyahu in a coat
       and tie with a red Arab keffiyeh, or headdress, printed on his head and
       "The Liar!!!" written in black across the top.
       Netanyahu's Likud Party issued a statement denouncing the posters,
       ascribing them to a handful of extremists who, craving publicity, engage
       primarily in "incitement and provocation."
       Far-right political activist Noam Federman said friends of his in the
       movement hung the posters in Jerusalem and elsewhere.
       "Netanyahu only two, three weeks ago decided, 'I will not do any more
       withdrawals' ... and today he lies ... So what's the difference between
       him and Rabin?" Federman asked, insisting he was not part of the poster
       Yigal Amir, a Jew, shot Rabin dead two years ago this month to try to
       stop him from carrying out land-for-peace deals with Palestinian
       President Yasser Arafat. Immediately after the assassination, Rabin's
       widow, Leah, accused Netanyahu, then the opposition leader, of creating
       a climate for the murder by leading protests at which Rabin was called a
       "traitor" and "murderer" and depicted in posters in a keffiyeh.
       Hard-liners in Netanyahu's own government began threatening this week to
       topple the Israeli leader should he go through with plans to give
       Palestinians self-rule in the West Bank in keeping with Israel's peace
       Netanyahu's government, formed after his election in 1996, is made up
       largely of Jewish religious and right-wing parties vehemently opposed to
       ceding any of the West Bank, which Israel captured from Jordan in the
       1967 Middle East war.
       Rabbi Benyamin Elon, a member of the far-right Moledet Party in
       parliament, said he understood the deep-rooted feelings of many in
       Israel but decried the personal nature of the attacks, saying: "It
       begins with 'liar' and ends in other things."
       Aharon Domb, spokesman for Jewish settlers of the West Bank and Gaza,
       announced that on Saturday night, right-wingers would protest outside
       Netanyahu's Jerusalem house for the first time since the election 18
       months ago.
       Domb said he expected many hundreds to take part in the demonstration
       against any further West Bank pullouts under the slogan: "Prime
       minister, don't surrender to the American pressure."
       Netanyahu has declined to say how much land he is prepared to give up
       but Palestinians have rejected the reported planned handover of 6 to 8
       percent of West Bank land under Israeli control as "insufficient and not
       The Israeli leader has made any handover conditional on Palestinians
       embracing his proposal to accelerate talks on a final peace accord and
       meeting his demands for a systematic crackdown on Muslim militants.
       Israel Radio reported Thursday that even if his cabinet approved the
       land transfer in principle at a meeting Sunday, the handover would not
       be carried out until March or April.
       By Howard Goller, Reuters

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