Israeli chief rabbi calls black people ‘monkeys’


Amid Israel’s controversial policy of forcing African migrants back to the continent, one of the regime’s chief rabbis calls black people “monkeys.”

Footage released by Israeli media shows Yitzhak Yosef used a derogatory Hebrew word to refer to black people and went on to call them “monkeys” during his weekly sermon.

The racist comments drew sharp criticism from rights activists.

New York-based Anti-Defamation League reacted in a tweet, saying the “racially charged comment made by Israeli Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, comparing people of color to ‘monkeys,’ is utterly unacceptable.”

This is not the first time Yosef attracts controversy. Last May, he suggested that secular women behaved like “animals.’

In March 2016, he urged Israeli forces and illegal settlers to kill Palestinians, whom they suspect of planning attacks on Israelis.

Yosef’s Saturday remarks came after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech that migrants entering Israel were a bigger threat to the regime than terrorism.

In this file photo taken on February 22, 2018 African migrants march against Israel’s policy of mass deportations. (By AFP)

In January, Israel started implementing a plan to deport nearly 38,000 migrants, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese, threatening to detain those who refused to leave. The refugees say they have fled from danger at home.

PressTV-For African Jews, deportations reveal Israel’s racist face

The deportations of the immigrants – almost all African Jews – are creating a religious controversy in Israel, and prompting an outcry from international rights groups.

The plan, initially approved by the Israeli cabinet last November, has drawn concerns from the United Nations refugee agency, which has called it incoherent and unsafe.


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  1. The office of this sad, Aryan, Sephardic bigot condoned the ‘remark’ by saying he was merely quoting the Talmud. The Talmud is a bedrock of bigotry and vile anti-Christian sentiment irregardless of whatever else it espouses and no right-thinking person should ignore it for the vitriol and hatred it evokes. It may well help destroy the world because it promotes and drives Israeli exceptionalism, Zionist Lebensraum and the abhorrent conceit of the Tribe to rile and guy the Goy. Regardless, this insult to not only all people of color but people of all colors will be noted no doubt and ensure Trump is denied a few millions votes next time round. To ignore the remark is to belittle Antisemitism, and if that ain’t irony, then I don’t know what is.

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