Thousands Of Israelis Take To The Streets Calling For Palestinian Genocide
Date Written: 06/10/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22147
Massive rallies and Facebook campaigns calling for Palestinian genocide are ignored by Western mainstream media and Facebook despite concerns and collaborations aimed at stopping "calls to violence".
The soldier, Elor Azaria, was charged with manslaughter for the killing, which occurred deep within Palestinian sovereign territory in the city of Hebron. Hebron contains an illegal Jewish settlement, but despite its illegality is protected by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) all the same. This has led to frequent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in the area.
The Tel-Aviv rally was attended by an estimated 2,000 people and several Israeli pop icons entertained attendees including singer Maor Edri, Moshik Afia, and Amos Elgali, along with rapper Subliminal. Chants of "Elor [the soldier] is a hero" and calls to release the soldier were common. One woman was photographed holding a sign reading "Kill them all."
A Jewish reporter at the scene remarked that it seemed "more like a celebration of murder than anything." Despite the obvious animosity and incitement made evident at the rally, it isnt difficult to imagine what the response would have been if this has been a pro-Palestinian rally calling for the deaths of Jews. The stark divide between what is permissible for Palestinians and what is permissible for Israelis should concern us all as the widespread bias of social media, the press, and many governments threaten to blind us from the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.