Extremism & Incitement to Racial Hatred: Senior Israeli Officials in Their Own Words

October 23, 2015 IMEU
Extremism & Incitement to Racial Hatred: Senior Israeli Officials in Their Own Words
Photo Credit: Graffiti reading "Gas the Arabs! JDL" reportedly sprayed by settlers on the Qurtuba girls school in Hebron. (Magne Hagesæter)

 

  • “[Palestinians] are beasts, they are not human.”

    - Then-deputy minister of religious services and current deputy minister of defense, Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, 2013.

  • “What’s so horrifying about understanding that the entire Palestinian people is the enemy?... They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.”

    - Current minister of justice, Ayelet Shaked, quoting a former settler activist and speechwriter and advisor for Netanyahu, 2014.

  • “The Sudanese are a cancer in our body. We will do everything to send them back where they came from."

    – Miri Regev, current minister of culture and sport, 2012.

  • “Those who are with us deserve everything, but those who are against us deserve to have their heads chopped off with an axe,"

    – Then-foreign minister and leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, Avigdor Lieberman, 2015.

  • "Our soldiers are the only innocents in Gaza. Under no circumstances should they be killed because of false morality that prefers to protect enemy civilians. One hair on the head of an Israeli soldier is more precious than the entire Gazan populace, which elected the Hamas and supports and encourages anyone who murders Israelis."

    – Then-deputy speaker of the Israeli parliament (Knesset) from Netanyahu's Likud party, Moshe Feiglin, 2014.

  • “A Jew always has a much higher soul than a gentile, even if he is a homosexual.”

    – Then-deputy minister of religious services and current deputy minister of defense, Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, 2013.

  • “I am happy to be a fascist!”

    – Miri Regev, current minister of culture and sport, 2012.

  • “[There are] 92,000 families in Israel in which one of the partners is not Jewish - we have a real problem that we have to deal with."

     – Tzipi Hotovely, current deputy foreign minister, 2011.

  • "The Palestinian threat harbors cancer-like attributes that have to be severed. There are all kinds of solutions to cancer. Some say it's necessary to amputate organs but at the moment I am applying chemotherapy."

    - Then-general and current defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, 2002.

  • "[The way to deal with Palestinians is to] beat them up, not once but repeatedly, beat them up so it hurts so badly, until it's unbearable."

    – Benjamin Netanyahu, current prime minister, while in the opposition following his first term as prime minister, caught on video speaking to Israeli settlers, 2001.