by race and avoid all employing an Arab altogether. Indeed if you don’t mind
having an African you can have a cleaner for about £8.70 or an East
European for £9.20
However if, as I’m sure you will, want a
member of the Jewish Aryan race then you have to be willing to pay a bit
more. It will cost for a Jewish Aryan, albeit from Eastern Europe,
You can rest assured that that the extra expense is well worth it and you won’t regret the little extra. Not
only do you know you are getting a cleaner who is 100% of pure Jewish extraction but also you are contributing to the upkeep of our nation, unlike those
Amalekites and goys who forever hate us.
Such are the delights of the Jewish state.
|A flyer distributed in north Tel Aviv that offers cleaning services according to the ethnic origin of the (female only) cleaner.|
services are being promoted to potential clients in north Tel Aviv with a flyer
that prices its cleaners according to their ethnic origin. The advert also
refers to its employees in the feminine only.
service provider offering cleaning and housekeeping in north Tel Aviv has taken
the term “human resources” to a whole new level, distributing a flyer that
prices its cleaners according to their ethnic origin.
distributed in one of Tel Aviv’s most affluent areas, was first posted on Facebook by political blogger Tal
Schneider, who was given the flyer by an acquaintance.
out with a corny infomercial-style list of questions, the ad asks: Do you need
a housekeeper? Are you tired of hiring illegal foreign workers and getting
fined? Not prepared to have an Arab cleaner for security reasons? Are you tired
of employing according to the law and being sued by temporary workers?
flyer then presents the “solution” to all these unpleasant and onerous problems,
by offering “legal only” housekeepers and cleaners, with hourly rates scaled
according to the cleaner’s ethnicity.
cheapest labor comes from employees from African countries, at NIS 49 per hour.
Slightly more expensive are Eastern European workers, at NIS 52 an hour. By far
the most expensive are Eastern European employees who hold Israeli citizenship,
at NIS 69 per hour.
flyer also refers to the cleaners in question exclusively in the feminine
(Hebrew is a gendered language), which in conjunction with the illustrative
photo of a serene (and white) woman cleaning a window, adds a healthy wallop of
sexism into the mix.
immediate assumption of many that this is satire designed to highlight the very
open and profound racism that runs through Israeli society was unfortunately dispelled, according to national news outlet Mako
[Heb], which said it managed to contact an employee of the company to confirm
that the ad was indeed real. The employee also reportedly claimed that paying
employees different salaries according to their ethnicity is not illegal.
time such a brazen and shameful display of casual racism pops up in this country, the
immediate response is to compare it to how it would look if another country did
the same thing: to imagine, for example, the uproar that would be caused if an
American company priced its (female-only) cleaning services according to
whether the cleaners were from southeast Asia, say, or African-American.
a valid and tempting comparison to make. But it’s also sad, because it demonstrates
just how deep-seated the prejudice is in Israel: people have to be shown other
examples of horrendous discrimination in order to understand just how unnatural
this state of affairs is. And anyone who may want to console themselves with
the idea that this kind of precision racism is not a perfectly normal part of
the discourse here need only look back to another mini-incident from a few
October, in response to a wave of stabbing and other terror attacks, the
council of Tel Aviv suburb Givatayim started looking into the possibility of replacing all their schools’ Palestinian janitorial staff
with Eritreans [Heb]. What stood in their way? A previous law
passed by the Israeli government that barred the employment of African asylum
seekers in the central Israel region.
all of this, of course, is the unspoken understanding that this kind of manual
work is only to be assigned to non-Jews (thus, for example, a fairly prominent
lawyer once blithely remarked to me that “Jews are too smart” for this kind of
more thing: the last carrot the flyer dangles in front of its prospective
clients is a special price for a “full day” of 12 hours of work. Human