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Galon’s Slip of the Tongue: "Jew-boys" from Brooklyn

Meretz head MK Zahava Galon terms New York Jews “Jew-boys” in a slip of the tongue.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 4/18/2012, 4:37 PM

MK Zehava Galon
MK Zehava Galon
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MK Zahava Galon, head of Meretz, made a serious slip of the tongue Wednesday while speaking to Army Radio's Razi Barkai. While discussing the influence Diaspora Jews exert in Israel, Galon expressed frustration at the possibility of “Jew-boys” (the derogatory word is Yehudonim in Hebrew) deciding Israel’s fate.

Before her slip, Galon made reference to Nazi Germany when discussing Israeli politics and attempts to limit the Supreme Court’s power. “This is a matter of principle, are we an enlightened country that builds a wall to protect ourselves from a fired-up mob or oppressive majority… That is why they allowed judicial overseeing from the Supreme Court… It is the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, we’ve seen the power of an oppressive majority…”

Barkai responded by joking, “I’ll erase that from the protocol.”

Galon continued, “If 10 mandates [in Knesset] are enough to change how Israel determines whether to go to war with Iran or not. Organized groups will come from Brooklyn and get the right to vote. All the decisions about life and death here, whether to evacuate the territories, whether to authorize outposts, those sitting in New York or Brooklyn will decide for us?

“Groups of Jew-boys… Jews, organized in the Diaspora, will decide how we live here?” Galon continued, quickly correcting her mistake.

“That’s what our government wants to do,” she concluded. “No more human rights, no more democracy, no more court system to protect us.”

Galon told Arutz Sheva that the word had been “a slip of the tongue, I don’t know how it happened, and I corrected myself immediately.” She added, “If somebody was hurt, I apologize. Don’t analyze this or start to give it any hidden meanings.”