It should be axiomatic by now that when members of one group, whether it be a race, a religion, or a nationality, view non-members of that group as inferior, terrible things happen. For example, the term “gook” used by American soldiers to describe the Vietnamese, fostered a mentality without which those soldiers could not have slaughtered Vietnamese in mass numbers.
So, Bibi Netanyahu’s appointment of Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan as Deputy Defense Minister for Civil Administration should be setting off alarm bells. The Civil Administration, according to Mondoweiss, is “responsible for all aspects 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.”
Here are a few choice quotes from Ben-Dahan:
“[Palestinians] are beasts, they are not human.” — MK Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, Aug 1, 2013. (Hebrew)
“A Jew always has a much higher soul than a gentile, even if he is a homosexual.” — MK Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, Dec 27, 2013. (Hebrew/English)
“MK” for those who don’t follow Israeli politics, means member of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.
John Brown, at +972, captures the upshot of this perfectly:
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.
And, as Mondoweiss points out, the New York Times, the leading newspaper in the “greatest country in the world,” doesn’t consider this to be a story.
This won’t end well.