Nazis arrested in Israel ?

I thought this was some sort of odd joke when I saw the headline, but apparently eight Nazis, all Israeli citizens who moved from Russia, which presumably means they themselves are Jewish, have been arrested in Israel.

Having come from the former Soviet Union their knowledge might not equate with our own history of the Nazi's. In the Soviet Union there was an emphasis on teaching that the Nazis were anti Communist and that concentration camps were set up to kill Soviet Citizens. There was a tendency to devalue the holocaust as the Soviet Union itself had a long history of anti Semitism going back to the Tsarist days. however, it is shocking to think that Israelis could themselves could class themselves as Nazi's.


Anonymous said...

I have the understanding that some non-Jewish Russians have emigrated to Israel under false pretence of being Jewish. I don't have information whether the people in question were or were not Jewish, but they necessarily weren't.

Norfolk Blogger said...

Whatever the case, you'd amigaine the last place in the world a Nazi would want to live would be in Israel.

Viejo Vizcacha said...

It is a common misunderstanding among supporters of Israel the believe that in Israel there are no Nazis.

The main objective of the laws promoting immigration to Israel is to counter the growth of the Palestinian population. Anybody will do as long as they are not Palestinians.



Chris Black said...

It does seem weird Nich, but you only needed to be of part-Jewish ancestry to apply to emigrate to Israel from the old USSR. I imagine that some may have applied simply to find a higher standard of living and less snow....

... You can see similarities here with some UK sympathisers of Al Queda

Online One State Bibliography Project said...

I think it is funny how the media and government is acting like this is some utterly unique singular event. Remember a few years ago when the "White Israeli Union" neo-Nazi group had its website taken down? With all the video of the neo-Nazis - giving the Hitler salute in their full IDF uniforms - talking about how to kill the Arabs for practice and how not to act like a "zhid" (Jew, in Russian)? Or then there were the skinhead gangs stormtrooping through Tel Aviv a few years ago too. Anyone who follows the "The Israeli Information and Assistance Center for the Victims of Anti-Semitism" ( http://pogrom.org.il/ ) which monitors neo-Nazis in Israel regularly knows this most recent event isn't particularly unique. The problem is that the government and police "turn a blind eye" to Israeli neo-Nazis which gives them freedom to expand. Rest assured this cell isn't all of them.

Here we have another aspect of Israel's demographic crisis. In the rush to import olim whose only real criteria is they are not Arab or Muslim it can't come as any surprise that that managed to import traditional Russian anti-Semites too. Most of these kids are Russians who were brought to Israel by their parents against their will, they don't want to be Israeli and never did. HOWEVER, in the end, if Israel had not imported the million plus Russians - many, or even most, of them non-Jewish - then the non-Arab population between the river and the sea would already be a definite minority to the Arab population. There just aren't enough legitimate Jews to maintain the current "Greater Israel," thus the floods of non-Jewish olim, the mass conversions of Ethiopians, Indians, and Peruvian Indians, and so on. These measures - the desperation for any non-Arab/Muslim immigrants - undermines the "Jewish character" of Israel just as surely as any compromise with the native Palestinians would.