|Rabbi Eli Dahan – Just one bigot amongst many|
congratulations to Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister who warned the Jewish
electorate that the Arabs were voting in ‘droves’. But his latest appointments have a touch of
brilliance about them. First Ayelet Shaked, who considers Palestinian babies to be ‘little snakes’ was given the Justice
portfolio and now Rabbi Eli Dahan, also
of Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home)
has been appointed as Deputy Defence Minister.
qualified to wage war against the Palestinians.
After all the enemy isn’t even human, merely a beast. And just in case you thought he had a special
animus for Palestinians, he makes it clear that he subscribes to the Orthodox Jewish
view that any non-Jew, Gentile, is by definition inferior to a Jew. Even a homosexual Jew is superior to a
|Eat your heart out Alfred Rosenberg|
Justice Minister were to utter these thoughts then he would be pilloried as an
example of Islamic barbarism. The
comments by Shaked and Dahan are dealt with by pretending they were never
uttered. They are erased from human
memory. Such are the ways of the free
an academic and blogger at +972:
formation of a new government this week when he signed a coalition agreement
with far-right settler party Jewish Home. As part of the agreement, Rabbi [Eli]
Ben-Dahan will be Israel’s next deputy defense minister, responsible for the
army’s “Civil Administration.”
|The beasts and bastards demonstrate at Susya
the occupation that don’t involve boots-on-the-ground security operations — it
administers planning, building, and infrastructure for both Jews and
Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank.
“[Palestinians] are beasts, they are not human.” — MK
Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, Aug 1, 2013. (Hebrew)
becoming the next justice minister, and Naftali Bennett the education minister.
But try being a Palestinian in the West Bank, where the man in charge of
administering your day-to-day life doesn’t even see you as a human being.
separation of church and state in the United States? Then why not in Israel and
Israeli actions cross a threshhold for you, and you say, I’m going to join the
boycott movement because we need to put real pressure on that place to change?
excellent piece on the elevation of Ayelet Shaked to Justice Minister, focusing
on her (genocidal) description of all Palestinians as enemies of Israel. Ishaan
then-member of the Knesset posted the text of an
article by the late Israeli writer Uri Elitzur that referred to
Palestinian children as “little snakes” and appeared to justify the mass
punishment of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation. The post
has since been deleted, but an archived version remains.
Shaked’s words in 2014 and Elitzur’s. She wrote before quoting from him: “This
is an article by the late Uri Elitzur, which was written 12 years ago, but
remained unpublished. It is as relevant
How can a nation so proud of being ‘the only democracy
in the Middle East’ operate as the only theocracy in the OECD?
Ha’aretz 30.12.13. Uri Misgav
The truth is that you don’t even need to ask anything. Veteran journalist
Shalom Yerushalmi from the veteran newspaper Maariv asked for you. A short and comprehensive interview
he conducted toward the end of last week with Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan, the deputy
minister of religious services, who operates under the wings of big brother
Nafatli Bennett, the economy minister who is also officially the minister of
religious affairs, paints the picture quite nicely.
Let’s start with the important parts of the news. The questions and answers
were presented verbatim, in abbreviations, but without editing or rewriting. As
it is said: The words of the living God. After all, Ben Dahan’s motto is “I
have to keep the state Jewish. Things that contradict the values, culture or
tradition, will not receive a legal stamp of approval.” (Note how he is an
expert in culture and values, not just religion.)
Do homosexuals change the Jewish character of the state?
“God forbid. Bastards are also Jews. I don’t want to persecute a person
because of what he does in his privacy of his home. Quite the contrary … They
can do what they want, but we will not grant it legal status.”
What will you do if a law for single sex marriages is proposed [in the
“No, under no circumstances. A Jew and a goy can also not marry.”
Is that the same thing?
“We don’t recognize either of them. In any case, a Jew always has a much
higher [level] soul than a goy, even if he is a homosexual … Matters of
religion and state are the largest obstacle in the path of the government …
Conflicts between women are much more difficult than conflicts between
men…” (On the parliamentary conflict
between MK Adi Kol (Yesh Atid) and MK Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) over the
bill granting same-sex parents equal tax exemptions to heterosexual parents.)
“We receive complaints that mikvaot [Jewish ritual baths] attendants touch
women who [come] to immerse. It is shocking. We sent out instructions that
forbid them from touching. A woman of young girl who comes to the mikveh wants
to do something intimate. It is only between her and the Holy One Blessed Be
That’s enough of Ben Dahan. In my opinion, he is not the story at all. It is
very easy to criticize him, to call him names, to call him “dark” and
“primitive.” But there is no use in doing so. An Israeli government that
includes a deputy minister like Eli Ben Dahan knows exactly what it is getting.
He is an Orthodox rabbi, a senior representative of the Haredi nationalist
movement, someone who poured water on the hands of Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu,
managed the rabbinic courts, lived in Beit El in the West Bank and Hispin in
the Golan Heights.
In the Knesset he represents the Tekuma faction, which is the settler,
Haredi nationalist wing of Habayit Hayehudi. Had he been elected to the
previous Knesset, he would have done so on the slate of the National Union
party, but this time he’s with Habayit Hayehudi. Only the names and the
wrapping have changed. Instead of the sandals and the Dubon winter coat of his
patron Katzele, former Knesset member Yaakov Katz from the extreme right wing
National Union Party in the previous Knesset, he now has, in the present round,
the sweet talk and miniscule kippa of his new patron Naftali Bennett. An all of
them, every last one of them, belong to the umbrella party of the Jewish
Brotherhood. There is no difference at all between them and the Muslim
Brotherhood, except for the technical difference in the religion they belong to
and use. Both of them are fundamentalists who deny the authority and
sovereignty of the state and use it only as a tool to achieve their true goals.
The real problem
The real problem is not Ben Dahan and his ilk, but the fact that the Israeli
government is dependent on them and puts them in ministerial positions. We must
understand what a man like him represents, even in this short and clear
interview. He represents a racist and overtly chauvinistic way of thinking.
Ways that come to be out of the great number of problems and issues and numbing
of the senses that pass all of us by, past our ears without us understanding
the scope of the trouble and the depth of the disgrace.
According to the Ben Dahanist world view, there is a clear hierarchy in the
world. There is a supreme race, the very same chosen people called the Jewish
nation. At the top of the pyramid are the heterosexual Jewish men. If I
understood correctly, underneath them are the Jewish women, Jewish bastards and
Jewish homosexuals; though I am not sure that I understood completely the
internal rankings starting with the second position in the upper playoffs. In
practice, there is a need for an internal division among the Jewish women:
There are heterosexual Jewish women, those who may not tend to fight at high
volume but commune intimately with men or with God; and there are women who are
Jewish lesbians, who Ben Dahan did not relate to directly (though it is
possible that his statements about the mikveh attendants who touch those same
women contain a hint to his position on the matter). Now that I think about it,
I am also missing a direct reference from Ben Dahan to the Jewish women who
have intimate relations with male goyim, and in fact I am missing many, many
more such combinations. In fact, I am mad at my journalistic colleague Shalom
Yerushalmi from Maariv; his work here wasn’t serious.
Despite all of this, I am taking a calculated risk here and, based on the
algorithm I have developed, I will present to you the full table of deputy
Religious Services Minister Eli Ben Dahan concerning the hierarchy of the human
1. Jewish men who have sexual relations with Jewish women
2. Jewish bastards
3. Jewish women who have sexual relations with Jewish men or with the Holy
One Blessed Be He
4. Jewish men who have sexual relations with non – Jewish women
5. Jewish homosexual men who have sexual relations with Jewish men
6. Jewish lesbians who have sexual relations with Jewish women
7. Jewish homosexual men who have sexual relations with non – Jewish men
8. Jewish lesbians who have sexual relations with non – Jewish women
9. Male Goyim
10. Female Goyim
Note the fact that below the line are only “goyim;” there is no
need or reason to divide them up into subcategories. We only need to pour out
our wrath on them, to be very careful not to marry them, and to remember
extremely well that even a Jewish homosexual (and it goes without saying about,
say, a Jewish heterosexual murderer) is endowed with “a soul [on a] very much
higher [level]” than their souls. Truly a nation of a light unto the gentiles.
The only question that remains to be asked is this: How can a nation so
proud of being “the only democracy in the Middle East,” and “a villa in the
jungle,” and all sorts of other stupid slogans; can operate in practice as the
only theocracy in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
(OECD). Not just because it has combined religion and state from the date it
was established, Israel also dismantled the Religious Affairs Ministry and then
reestablished it – and then actually, from among all the possibilities, it
placed the ministry in the hands of the Jewish Brothers Naftali Bennett and Eli
Ben Dahan. This must be a rather crazy nation. For all those who cannot
remember how it happened, I will remind you that the non-religious reformist
party Yesh Atid made its entry into the Netanyahu coalition conditional on the
inclusion of Habayit Hayehudi, the Jewish Brotherhood.
I assume that as the beginning of the new year nears, there are those who
are asking themselves whether the this party of hypocrites with chutzpah, which
took 19 Knesset seats of the non-religious and wrapped them up together with
the 12 Knesset seats of the Jewish fundamentalists, will also see it
appropriate to leave this disastrous and destructive government sometime. I
assume that there are also those who are asking themselves if the party of
naive people who are disconnected from reality and call themselves Hatnuah will
ever realize that they should do the obvious and right thing, too. Or, in other
words, 25 Knesset seats (!) of center-left voters will one day stop
strengthening the extreme settler fundamentalist right-wing government that is
making a joke out of them by using such people as Naftali Bennett, Eli Ben
Dahan and Ayelet Shaked.
And so, the answer in my opinion lies in the wonderful
and terrifying item from my talented colleague Barak Ravid from
Haaretz, which was published Sunday. Everyone is travelling to Davos,
Switzerland for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting with their full
entourages and innumerable security guards: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
and Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and of course
the honorable President Shimon Peres. That is the entire story. Lapid and Livni
are enjoying every moment and want to fulfill the dream. They know they have no
future; that the only direction they can go from here is down. They are not
stupid. They understand very well that they are political history, and will
therefore try to postpone their fate for as long as they can. As far as they
are concerned, in Davos the desperation is easier, to paraphrase the song, and
the racist world view of Eli Ben Dahan and his masters is no more than a small
tremor in the wing of the Boeing jet. So they should have a pleasant trip, and
be careful with all those goyim running around in Davos between their legs.
It’s beyond me
The main headline in Israel Hayom, or better “ayom” (“terrible” in
a Hebrew pun), was “Release, with a heavy heart,” referring to the third round
of freeing prisoners in the framework of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
To the best of my memory, this was exactly the same headline for the previous
round of prisoner release in return for the continued publication of settlement
construction tenders. I am aware of the distress of the editor responsible, B.
Netanyahu, when it is necessary to phrase a main headline on such a day; but
isn’t it at least possible to play around with the words? Let’s say for
example, “With a heavy heart, release?” Or maybe “Release, heavy in the heart?”
Or “Heavy, release in the heart?” Are we really asking for that much?