I am sure many of you will have heard about the appalling racist pogrom against African refugees, spurred on by Israeli Knesset members, that took place in Tel Aviv last week.
I have included below a video shot by journalist, David Sheen, who has been following the anti-African demonstrations for the last year. David's video, which he as dubbed "Not racist? May you be raped!" is of a mob surrounding an Israeli woman who objected to the racism against African refugees screaming at her repeatedly that she deserved to be raped.
As Israeli blogger, Yossi Guvitz notes the woman attacked in the video is his partner and as they were leaving the area, they were physically attacked several times by the mob (click here to read Gurvitz article on what happened).
I have also included an article by Israeli activist and journalist, Haggai Mattar, outlines how he was singled out from the stage as a "traitor" to Israel and was then attacked by the racist mob. In the article, he mentions standing with Haaretz reporter, Ilan Lior, when he was attacked. Lior, has also written an article, published in Haaretz about the mob attack.
The racist mob went onto attack African refugees, including one woman holding a baby, who accidenty dropped the child due to the force of the attack on her. The baby had to be hospitalised. The mob also attacked African migrants and refugees in a car and smashed up an African cafe. 17 people were arrested, some while in the process of assaulting refugees.
The Israeli Knesset members who incited the pogrom have attempted to claim they did no such thing. One politician claimed that she did not call refugees a cancer of the body of Israelis, however, video proves that she did in fact do so.
Following the attack on refugees, Israel activists organised demonstrations opposing racism and in support of the African asylum seekers.
in solidarity, Kim