Saturday, March 6, 2010

Oh, Israel!

Capital Anglos mobilize against practice of spitting at Christians - Haaretz - Israel News
Wondering what could bring religious people to commit such ugly acts, Katz surmised that some Jews might not have learned yet what it means to be the majority in a country.

"It's still very new for us," she said. "We're taking our experiences from the Diaspora and acting and reacting in way that would befit a powerless minority. Now that we do have power simply because Jews are 'in control,' we are not protecting the minorities and allowing the Christian or the Muslim minority to practice freely what they want to practice.... We haven't got our heads around the fact that our job is now to protect them."


  1. Oh, indeed--though I wouldn't say "Oh, Israel!" This isn't state-sponsored behavior, any more than Westboro Baptist Church's juvenile street theater is sanctioned by the U.S. government. I suppose Jerusalem police could enforce battery laws more strictly, but I'm not seeing this as part of Israeli culture.

    I was interested in the speculation that this behavior grows out of a history of being a persecuted minority. The person who said that (Katz?) suggested that the offenders hadn't adjusted to the fact that they're in a place and culture where they're the majority. But I think that's not accurate. If they still feel as if Christians are the powerful majority, spitting on them is stupid and dangerous, and something the Jews would never do where they actually are a persecuted minority. This kind of acting-out is all about, "Nyah nyah, now I get to treat you like dirt because I'm on top."

  2. I added that quote to the post, because it was what inspired my title.