One of the chief rabbis of Israel proved his racism last week when he compared black people with “monkeys”. This happened just when Israel embodies a controversial plan for the mass expulsion of thousands of African migrants.
Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef , representing Sephardic Israeli Jews (that is, Middle Eastern and North African Jews), made a comment during his weekly sermon.
“Not every black man should bless, and only this, who was born to white father and mother. What to do – they left a monkey. So it happened. ”
His office stated that the rabbi quoted a passage from the Talmud when he used the derogatory term for black, and then replaced it with the word monkey.
The Anti-Defamation League reacted to the racist comments of the rabbi rather harshly. A New York-based organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and racism called Yosef’s comments “racial charges” and “totally unacceptable.”
Yosef had already fallen into the center of the scandal when he said that secular women behave like animals because they dress immodestly.
Recall that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in January announced a program to expel African migrants who illegally entered the country, giving them the choice to either voluntarily leave the country or lose their liberty for an indefinite period, with possible forced expulsion.
The plan for “deportation or imprisonment” was criticized by the UN Refugee Agency, as well as by some Israelis and human rights defenders. Israeli officials say that no one whom they consider to be a refugee or asylum seeker will be deported, although the asylum process in Israel is criticized as being extremely slow and biased towards aspirants. In recent years, only a small number of asylum applications have been approved.