Eight young immigrants from the former Soviet Union reportedly "who belonged to a homegrown neo-Nazi cell" were arrested on charges of:
brutal beatings of homosexuals, guest workers, drug addicts, homeless people and ultra-orthodox Jews. A video presented by police to the Israeli cabinet on Sunday documented some of the violence: It showed skinheads kicking victims to a bloody pulp and giving Nazi salutes.
The type of thing you imagine happens anywhere in the world but Israel where it was reported in 2007 that “the notion of neo-Nazis ... is still so odd that the government has no laws against anti-Semitism.”
The type of immigration that forms the backdrop to this sort of behaviour is fuelled by the desire of the Zionist leadership to win the demographic battle with the Palestinians. Pack the place out with people claiming to be Jewish and the status quo can stay in place. Linked to the increasing clericalisiation on of the country by the religious right Israel has been for some time nurturing a fascist atmosphere in which the political fortune of less urbane and sophisticated fascists like Liebermann can prosper.
Leader of the far right racist party, Yisrael Beiteinu and author of the Lieberman Plan which is meant to further dispossess and exile Palestinians, his antipathy towards Arabs is pretty well much established. But the arrogance of Zionism is matched only by its boundless hypocrisy.
It is customary in modern times to hear the very strident but justified criticism of the fascists of Islamic State for the barbarity of their actions including the decapitation that they have a penchant for and which has fuelled a wave of hysterical interest in Jihad John. Anybody, such as the staff of Cage, found trying to explain, not justify, why Jihad John became what he is, finds themselves pilloried from all directions. How dare they, how could they ... ad infinitum.
Yet here we have the foreign minister of Israel, supposedly the country's leading diplomat, calling for Arabs who are not loyal to Israel to be beheaded:
Those who are with us deserve everything, but those who are against us deserve to have their heads chopped off with an axe.
So what now will be said of Liebermann? Is he to be lambasted as a barbarian or savage or is the same double standard to apply? Our Madame Guillotine good, your Madame Guillotine bad. If Boris Johnson is to have any consistency rather than credibility (that is always in the eye of the beholder and there are enough beholders) he would come out and hammer anybody who tries to make excuses for Lieberman or offers that hotly contested entity called context.
What is good for the goose ...