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Hundreds of Racist Israelis Rally: “Death to Jewish Women Who Date Arabs”

Around 200 people gathered in the Israeli town of Bat Yam Monday evening to rally against romantic relationships between local Jewish women and Arab Men.

Under a banner that read “We Want a Jewish Bat-Yam” the crowd chanted racist slogans and insulted the prophet Mohamed.

One protester yelled, “Any Jewish woman who goes out with an Arab should be killed! Any Jew who sells his home to an Arab should be killed!”

Police stood by and allowed the racists to exercise their free speech rights.

“We are not racists,” one of the speakers tried to explain, “We are just Jews. The Arabs are coming and taking our daughters and we will not allow it.”

They are not “just Jews,” because all Jews do not share the same vile prejudices as the 200 Bat Yam demonstrators. This was evidenced by the counter-protest of equal size in which Israeli leftists stood side-by-side with local Arabs to face down the haters.

“We’re fed up with racists,” their signs read, “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies.”

Bat Yam mayor Shlomo Lahyani also strongly condemned the racist gathering.

“The city of Bat Yam denounces any racist phenomenon,” he declared. He claimed that many of the demonstrators were not local residents but rather right-wing extremists, and they only came to Bat Yam to stir up provocation.

While that may be true, all across Israel dozens of leading local rabbis have signed on to a religious ruling that forbids Jews to rent property to Arabs. And the illegal and highly immoral occupations of Gaza and the West Bank are rooted in racist ideologies.

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