Israeli politicians inciting hatred, racism: Israeli opposition leader

July 19, 2016 12:30 pm

Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog

Israeli opposition leader
Isaac Herzog has warned of “growing hatred and racism” being incited by
right-wing politicians in Israel.

“We are on the verge of
an uprising of hatred, racism, darkness and upcoming killings and
assassination based on the overwhelming internal hatred here,” Herzog
said during a speech at a Zionist Camp parliamentary bloc session on
Monday.
“We hear hatred at every turn, whether it is directed
toward women by military rabbis, by Ashkenazi Jews against Sephardi Jews
and Mizrahi Jews against Ashkenazis.”
The 55-year-old chairman of
the Labor Party further blamed the administration of Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu for the prevalence of the rising fascist discourse in
Israel.
“This way the seeds of the uprising of hatred are
planted, which will lead to a civil war. This hatred is being carried
out by the full support and cover of those in charge,” Herzog said.
“Whoever
heads this administration remains silent about the uprising of hatred,
without working against it, ending it, taking steps against its leaders,
or preventing those behind it from receiving funding,” the Israeli
opposition leader said.
Earlier this month, Herzog denounced the
passage of a controversial law compelling Israeli non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) to reveal the sources of their public foreign
funding. The measure has come under fire from left-wing groups as an
attack against the critics of Israeli policies toward Palestinians.
Herzog
slammed the legislation, titled the “NGO Transparency Law,” for
“symbolizing the budding fascism that is rising and flourishing in
Israeli society.”
Critics argue that the bill targets human rights
groups critical of the Israeli administration’s policies, and does not
affect right-wing and pro-settlement NGOs.
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