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Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press

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Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press

Today’s issues: The ANC’s anti-Jewish initiative, a city’s fear of outsiders, the beginning of the end of Europe, Islamic State’s campaign of ethnocide, and Europe’s refugee crisis is a warning to Israel.

The Jerusalem Post comments on the anti-Jewish initiative of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress to outlaw dual citizenship, which basically means it intends to ban its citizens from possessing both South African and Israeli passports. The editor notes the irony of this move, as “Jews were always liberal as no other whites in South African politics, especially in the Progressive Party and the ANC, whose liberation manifestos they helped author.”

Haaretz is infuriated by recent decisions taken by Arad Mayor Nissan Ben Hamo, such as darkening the soccer fields in the city at night to prevent neighboring Bedouin children and teens from playing in the city’s sports facilities and the positioning of roadblocks at the entrance to the city, for fear of an “invasion” by African migrants who were released from the Holot detention center, and asserts that the decision is aimed at the Bedouin and asylum seekers, “who are considered not only a nuisance, but even a threat to the social fabric of the city.” The editor notes: “It’s hard to come with complaints to the mayor, at a time when the government itself has yet to formulate a clear policy in relation both to the released asylum seekers and to the Bedouin, who are asking for services identical to those provided in Jewish cit ies,” and adds: “It is doubtful whether Bedouin children would insist on playing in Arad’s athletic fields if the government were to invest in infrastructure for public recreation in the recognized and unrecognized Bedouin villages and if it were to consider the Bedouin citizens with equal rights. Nor are the asylum seekers happy about living in Arad, of all places, and they would probably prefer cities where they could work.”
Yediot Aharonot examines the European Union’s plan for taking in the refugees, and is convinced that “the Europeans still know nothing about what is happening in the Middle East – and definitely not about the danger they are facing.” The author contends that “Whether out of innocence or out of foolishness, the Europeans are failing to realize that they are singlehandedly creating fundamental changes in their populations, which will lead in the coming years to the complete disappearance of the tradition, culture and progress of their countries,” and warns that “in the not so distant future we will witness the end of ‘classic Europe’ and the establishment of an Islamic rule across the entire continent.”
Israel Hayom focuses on the continued destruction of cultural and heritage sites by Islamic State, but points out that these acts are not unique to Islamic State, and are in fact intrinsic to Islamic behavior. The author argues that “Such acts stem from the desire to destroy anything that might encourage idolatry and undermine monotheism, and they are carried out in the name of the Prophet Muhammad,” and asserts: “Being the youngest of the monotheistic religions, Islam still believes it must prove itself more zealous in its devotion to the singularity of God, and Islamic State sees itself as following the principal Islamic edict.” The author adds: “Beyond the monotheistic motive, the destruction of statues and cultural and heritage sites is a form of ethnocide by which Islamic State seeks to position Islam as the victorious civilization, rising from the ashes of the cultures it has eradicated.”
Globes contends that “Europe’s refugee crisis a warning to Israel,” and argues that the only way Israel can prevent a similar tidal wave of political and economic refugees from entering its territory is by creating an impassable barrier, or “In other words, without delay, all of Israel must be fenced.” The author asserts: “The vast, immensely sad human disaster that has overtaken most of the Middle East and much of Africa is not Israel’s fault and Israel should not be expected to, and indeed cannot, alleviate the crisis by admitting any substantial number of refugees. It should be demanded of anyone advocating that a large number of refugees be admitted to explain just how such a policy would lead to anything but the more or less rapid disintegration of Israeli society,” and concludes: “We are directed, properly, to be charitable. We are absolutely forbidden to commit suicide.”
[Noah Klieger, Netanel Avneri and Norman Bailey wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.]