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Israeli writer calls anti-Palestinian vandals 'Hebrew neo-Nazis'
Published Saturday 10/05/2014 (updated) 12/05/2014 11:22
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Palestinians stand next to graffiti reading in Hebrew "Arabs Out" on the
wall of a mosque in the northern Israeli town of Umm al-Faham on
April 18, 2014 (AFP/File Jack Guez)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel's best known writer, Amos Oz, says that Israelis behind a wave of hate crimes against Muslims and Christians are "Hebrew neo-Nazis," Haaretz newspaper reported on its website Saturday.

It quoted the award-winning author as saying terms such as "price tag," widely used to describe attacks on Palestinians and others by Jewish extremists, are sanitized euphemisms.

They are "sweet names for a monster that needs to be called what it is: Hebrew neo-Nazi groups," Haaretz quoted Oz as telling guests Friday at an event marking his 75th birthday.

He said there was a difference between perpetrators of such events in Israel and elsewhere.

"Our neo-Nazi groups enjoy the support of numerous nationalist or even racist legislators, as well as rabbis who give them what is in my view pseudo-religious justification," Haaretz quoted him as saying.

Earlier Friday, vandals spray-painted anti-Christian graffiti on a Jerusalem church, despite police stepping up security around religious sites ahead of a visit by Pope Francis later this month.

"Price tag ... King David for the Jews ... Jesus is garbage" was written in Hebrew on the wall of St George's Romanian Orthodox church near an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood.

Police also said "Death to Arabs" was found written on a house in the Old City in East Jerusalem, and swastikas were scrawled on the wall of a west Jerusalem apartment.

After Hebrew graffiti reading "Death to Arabs and Christians and to everyone who hates Israel" was daubed on its Notre Dame complex in Jerusalem on Monday, the Roman Catholic church demanded Israeli action.

"The bishops are very concerned about the lack of security and lack of responsiveness from the political sector, and fear an escalation of violence," the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said.

The attacks on Christian property come amid a rise in anti-Arab property crimes. Israeli ministers held an emergency meeting Wednesday, pledging to enforce harsh measures against perpetrators.

Although police have made scores of arrests, there have been nearly no successful prosecutions for such attacks, and the government has come up under mounting pressure to authorize the Shin Bet internal security agency to step in.

The Pope's visit to the region is scheduled to begin in Jordan on May 24.
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1 ) Mel / USA
10/05/2014 22:09
Bravo Amos! We all recognize the signs of Kristalnacht &pogroms,now in reverse against NON-Jews! It's shameful that these cretinous thugs get to be the image/voice of Israel under Nazi Zionism!I'm surprised this Nazi-Bennett,Shas-Kahanist-trash can actually spray in Hebrew,seeing as on arrival they hardly spoke Hebrew,Yiddish,Arabic or English,LOL!The Zionist-assimilation classes on the RAVSHATZ/Shin Bet colonies must include; 'How to spray racism in Hebrew;101? No wonder Israel's imploding!

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
11/05/2014 02:47
Maybe someday Amos Oz will figure out what Zionism in general is. The settlers are only doing now what the mainstream Zionists did in 1948.

3 ) Sander / The Netherlands
11/05/2014 12:54
Amos have seen the light and reality. Bravo Amos Oz ! I hope more (prominent) jewish israeli's will follow your example.

4 ) Doug Wagner / US
11/05/2014 18:35
Have you considered WHY the Nazis acted against the Jews? And not just the Nazis, the Jews have been persecuted and expelled from countless villages and nations throughout all of recorded history. The facts are irrefutable, no group of people could be so universally hated across thousands of years by all they come in contact with without an extremely compelling reason. I suggest, if they want the hatred and hostility to stop, they take a long hard look at their own behavior.

5 ) Tom / USA
11/05/2014 22:26
Oz is absolutely correct in his deconstruction of the cuddly "price tag" label. No news outlet should adopt the nomenclature of the aggressor. Call these attacks what they are: Racist Hate Crimes emanating from a political structure built on what else? Racist Hate Crimes.

6 ) FPM / USA
12/05/2014 00:26
PRIOR TO 1948, ISRAELS JEWS LIVES IN PEACE WITH THE PALESTINIANS, WITH CHRISTIANS, WITH ARABS AND WITH PEOPLE OF ALL COLORS AND ETHNICITY'S. IT WAS ONLY AFTER THE EUROPEAN ZIONIST JEWS WERE TRANSPLANTED INTO ISRAEL, THAT THE SICKNESS BEGAN. I LOVED THOSE ORIGINAL INHABITANTS OF JEWS, THEY KNEW HOW TO CO-EXIST. THEY SHOPPED TOGETHER, THEY PLAYED GAMES TOGETHER, THEY EVEN LOVED TOGETHER. I WISH THEY OUT NUMBERED THE HATING ZIONIST AND WOULD AND COULD EXPEL THEM FROM ISRAEL

7 ) JoeFattal / USA
12/05/2014 17:33
I don't know, but its hard for me not to believe that the "Hebrew Neo-Nazis" and the Israeli government don't have anything in common with the attacks. They both in it, and the Israeli government is deep in it. I guess the "Holy Land" name doesn't apply to the Jews now. Jews are far and getting further away of been holy at the hands of their government and the extremists called "Hebrew Neo-Nazis".

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
12/05/2014 18:45
To JoeFattal #7: ' I guess the "Holy Land" name doesn't apply to the Jews now.' It's all 'holy' enough -- you just need to realize what the definition of 'holy' is in this case. The Zionists have taken advantage of the less palatable aspects of Judaism while ignoring those strictures they would find inconvenient to create a perversion that relates to traditional Judaism in the same way that Nazism related to ordinary nationalism.

9 ) Rami / Palestine
15/05/2014 12:38
Promoters of ethnic cleansing and general crybaby blame shifters like Brian Cohen, Tibi and Southpark Bear are unusually quite when one of their own disputes their hasbara. Hmmm....I wonder why.
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