Ben Netanyahu

6 Jul

I am very disappointed to hear news that the only “democracy” in the Middle East, Israel, is behaving like South Africa under legalized apartheid or even Nazi Germany. Shame on Israel!

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described African migrants in Israel as “illegal infiltrators” that threaten “our existence as a Jewish and democratic state.” Knesset member Miri Regev, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, described refugees as “a cancer in our body” while addressing a mass rally that would shortly devolve into a riot targeting an African neighborhood in Tel Aviv. (“Israeli Racism Against Africans Proves Israel Is Not a Democracy”).

Write letters to your congressmen and your senators about this. Spread the word to churches that feel that they must go to visit the Holy Land in Jerusalem. Go to other holy sites instead until Israel gets its act together.

THIS IS NOT A CATEGORICAL INDICTMENT OF JEWISH PEOPLE!

I’m actually counting on Jewish folks like best-selling author Shlomo Sand to speak out against wrongs being done against people in Israel.

This poem is written in what I call a Haiku Chain. There are 16 haiku poems strung together to create this poem.

Please learn from this and take action.

“Ben Netanyahu”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

The news reports say
that Africans are being
deported in droves.

You said you have to
to keep the “identity”
of Israel safe.

Sudanese who came
to your country are being
labeled as rapists.

Why would you dare say
such an inflammatory
thing? Riots began.

Beta Israel
from Ethiopia has
warned us about this.

How they face daily
discrimination in schools
and in housing.

I live in the good,
‘ol U.S.A. so why do
I bother to care?

Well, Israel is
the top recipient of
U.S. foriegn aid.

My tax dollars
are being used to oppress
people of color.

That is not how I
want my money spent. Has Ben
forgotten his past?

How Nazis spread lies
about Jews and made public
speeches full of hate?

How his people were
cast out of Germany to
protect its culture?

“Never forget the
Holocaust!” Agreed. We must
remember this crime.

Has the Israeli
leader forgotten? It seems
to have slipped his mind.

Your behavior is
disappointing and disgusts
me. Shame on you, sir!

Stop the race-baiting.
People may get hurt. Chill out,
Ben Netanyahu.

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