It's not clear that Israel is more racist these days. But when religious authorities reinforce a race-based Jewish identity and Netanyahu legitimizes Kahane's heirs, we've got a problem
ed note--as the reader will see, our unesteemed Hebraic author is not just some little mealy-mouthed 'sort of' Jew whose exposure to Judaism has been limited to dressing up like Krusty the Clown on Purim once a year. As he personally relates it, he attended yeshiva in Israel in his youth and was schooled by rabbis his entire life.
Therefore, by virtue of all of this, he KNOWS what his own religion and culture teach about 'his people' and their status as 'chosen' and having been selected by yahweh to be the 'light amongst the nations' and about being 'above all others on the face of the earth'.
He knows. He knows it all began with a pennless nomad named Abram wandering around in the desert hearing voices in his head, some telling him to slit his son's throat and then burn the corpse on an altar as an act of human sacrifice to the deity whose voice he claims to have heard in his head. [Ron: It is important to remember that although pragarised from earlier spiritual and historical stories, the narratives about Abram and others in the Torahwere written by Levites with an axe to grind. They are not accurate transmissions of those earlier narratives but rather represent the state of mind of the writers.]. He also knows that the starting point for the whole ugly affair began with --
'I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all nations of the earth be blessed.'
In other words, racism--DNA based narcissism--was something that began literally at the very beginning of the entire Judaic affair, and our un-esteemed Hebraic author knows this, and yet, he asks the question, as if it weren't already immediately apparent and did not need asking, whether or not the Jewish state has become 'racist', when in fact it is as much a question that needs asking as whether or not water is wet or fire is hot.
But this 'how they do it'. They ask these questions in such a way as if the answer were not already apparent, and in the process of their typically verbose and circular jabber-jawing, inundate the reader with a bunch of Hebraic hocus-pocus/mumbo-jumbo that results in the reader's curiosity vis a vis this problematic topic being blunted via the over-saturation of Judaic nonsense.
And what's worse is how many gullible lap dogs--and particularly those of the non-Hebraic persuasion--will lap it up.
Perhaps the answer to the burning question as to why NOW is the appropriate time for an intellectual exploration of this type is provided thus--
'We are inundated by surveys and statistics that tell us that racism is on the rise, but none of those who collate these figures can tell us how bad things were before every nasty word was broadcast in real-time on social media and before each act of racial violence was recorded on smartphones and uploaded to the web. I remember growing up in Israel of the late 1980s. Arab workers (no-one called them Palestinian then) were regularly assaulted on the streets, and the stories of abuse of Palestinian detainees one heard from older friends who were soldiers during the early days of the First Intifada were, if anything, worse than the horrific cases happening today. And very little made it into the media.'
In other words, that aparitif known as 'damage control', spiced up with a twist of 'deflection' and a pinch of 'distraction'.
As we like to say, no one ever accused 'them' of being stupid.