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Anarchists in Israel: We Oppose Judaism As We Do Nazism

A group of anarchists took part in a rally in Tel Aviv. One of them said: "Anarchism is against Judaism just like it's against Nazism."
By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 5/3/2012, 7:13 AM

Among the participants at the leftist rally which was held in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, in honor of International Workers’ Day, was a small group of people carrying black flags. They were members of an anarcho-communist group which calls itself “Unity”.

Arutz Sheva spoke to one of the anarchists, who hid behind a stocking cap so as not to be recognized. He said that he would be willing to give his life for the ideals of anarchism.

“If I didn’t think so, I wouldn’t be here,” the anarchist said. “I won’t speak for others but for me it’s serious. I didn’t come here to hang out with friends. This is what I believe in.”

He added, “We don’t divide people into nations or states. We think that all people are equal. What anarchists must try to do is achieve a bright future because we don’t trust any state.”

Yigal, another member of the anarchists’ group who did not cover his face, told Arutz Sheva that “anarchism is not anti-Semitism but anti-Zionism.”

He added that anarchism “is anti-Zionist not because it’s against the Jews. It’s just like anarchism is always against Russian nationalism, German nationalism and Nazism.”

“I feel like I am a citizen of the world,” said Yigal. “I don’t feel Jewish. My religion as listed on my identity card is Jewish, and nobody asked me whether I want to be Jewish or not.”

The rally was seemingly in honor of International Workers’ Day but it turned into a call to bring back last summer’s social protest and overthrow the government.

A confrontation broke out during the rally when leftists came across a group of people who held a counter-protest against the rally.

The leftists began insulting and cursing the anti-communism protesters and said things like “Kahane is dead”, “Go back to Auschwitz” and “Jerusalem is in Jordan, Jerusalem is not in Europe, Jerusalem is in Jordan.”

One of the leftists told a counter-demonstrator, “It’s too bad you weren’t killed in the Holocaust.”



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