Last week in Tel Aviv, I spotted this election sign for Oren Shachor. Shachor was a very pro-Oslo person, formerly a former IDF general who was forced to resign for having leaked details of secret Hevron negotiations to then-opposition leader Shimon Peres a decade ago.
He's running for mayor of Tel Aviv.
Now, what caught my attention is the word מתעלל in the ad. And I'll explain.
The ad translates as: "52% Assert That Huldai Is Abusing Them. Huldai Is Abusing You. 200 million NIS in Parking Fines"
[Ron Huldai is the current Mayor]
In Hebrew, מתעלל conveys not only a sense of abuse in the psychological realm but of real physical pain.
וּלְמַעַן תְּסַפֵּר בְּאָזְנֵי בִנְךָ וּבֶן-בִּנְךָ אֵת אֲשֶׁר הִתְעַלַּלְתִּי בְּמִצְרַיִם
Exodus 10:2 - "And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what things I have wrought in Egypt" or,
וַיַּחֲזֵק הָאִישׁ בְּפִילַגְשׁוֹ וַיֹּצֵא אֲלֵיהֶם הַחוּץ וַיֵּדְעוּ אוֹתָהּ וַיִּתְעַלְּלוּ-בָהּ כָּל-הַלַּיְלָה עַד-הַבֹּקֶר
Judges 19:25 - "So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night"
Now, why would a leftist politician use such a harsh word? Just to get votes he would stoop so low?
Moreover, if rightwing demonstrators would have accused this government of "abusing" them, the media and the officials in the Justice Ministry would immediately be crying "danger! assassination" or "danger! Jewish extremists are threatening".
In fact, even without that word they are doing that already. The annual "Rabin Festival" is winding up as even Dalia, the-daughter-of, appeared on Channel One TV to protest the irresponsible language used by some residents of Yesha as well as the very unfortunate throwing of stones at the Border Police, although she did not criticise the Anarchists at Nialin doing the same and worse.
Once again, the double standard of the "elites" here in Israel is apparent but the media makes sure it goes unmentioned by not drumming up 'firestorms' on talk shows, commentary programs and the news.