Gilad Sharon, son of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, published a horrifically racist article in Yedioth Ahronot following Friday’s attack in the settlement of Itamar.
In the article, published in the op-ed section of the paper, Sharon writes, “Don’t forget with whom we have business: it is possible to take the Palestinian predator and place on it some mask of a fluent English speaker. It is possible to put it in a three piece suit and silk tie. But once every so often – on a full moon, when a crow’s droppings land on the head of a howling jackal or when the pita with zatar didn’t work out – then this animal believes that the night is his, and instinctively goes out at dawn for prey.”
When Sharon finished his biologically racist comments, he continued with culturally racist statements, saying “A society capable of glorifying death and whose best sons are stabbers of babies is simply not a society like ours... They look at us. We are everything they never were and will never be. We possess a history and culture of two thousand years, a developed and correct society – while they are products of our Zionism. ..They look at themselves through our image. And the more we succeed and progress, the more their hatred increases.”
Gilad Sharon, who has been involved in numerous corruption scandals, joined the Kadima party not long ago. He plans for a political career in the party established by his father and which portends to be an alternative to the extreme right-wing rule of Netanyau.
To date, no police investigation for incitement against Gilad Sharon has been commenced, although several groups have expressed interest in filing a complaint with the police in this matter.
Less than one day after the attack in the settlement of Itamar, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Palestinian Authority of incitement against Jews, incitement which he defined as responsible for murder, even though he could not point to any racist incitement by the PA.
Racist incitement and dehumanisation of the Palestinian people has reached unprecedented heights in the Israeli discourse since Saturday’s attack, primarily due to the contributions of coalition and government members, who have made particularly racist statements in the past two days.
Translated to English by the Alternative Information Center (AIC).