Tel Aviv, Israel (IMEMC) – Israel’s new coalition government, under the direction of PM Benjamin Netanyahu, has taken on Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan as its deputy defense minister, known for his previous assertion that Palestinian are “human animals”.Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency reports that a wave of denunciations have aroused after appointing him from Israeli left-wing parties, in light of his extremist positions towards Palestinians.
Meretz leader Mussi Raz warned of Ben-Dahan’s previous statements, in which he was quoted to say: “The Palestinians do not deserve life,” describing them as “human animals”, and they are not human beings and their life and their death are the same.
Raz added on his Facebook page: ” Appointing Eli Ben-Dahan from the Jewish House as a deputy defense, what means that he is responsible of the Civil Administration, the government arm in the areas, is a crime. We are talking about a person who once said that the Palestinians are a human animals- sub-humans, they are not human beings and do not deserve life.”
He continued: “Imagine a European deputy minister who is responsible for the Jewish minority there, says that the Jews do not deserve life,” concluding: “If anybody still has an atom of ethics should prevent the formation of this government of hatred and death.”
Note from The Fifth Column: Given the habit of incorrectly attributing quotes in the Middle East, we fact-checked the quote in question. Along with other attributions to Ben-Dahan, we found that Haaretz, which is the oldest newspaper in Israel, also attributed the quote to Ben-Dahan. Ben-Dahan also reportedly stated that Jews had “higher souls” than gentiles during a rant against gay marriage and apparently interracial marriage. Due to Haaretz’s frank reporting it is sometimes cast as being bias against Jewish people. The editor-in-chief of the outlet is Aluf Benn. Aluf takes his first name from his uncle who was killed in Gaza by Palestinians. His original last name was Bomstein. In 1986, he Hebraicized his name to take a more traditional Hebrew name. As hard as it is to believe that Israel would appoint a person who believes as Ben-Dahan believes to deal with Palestinians, it certainly appears that it did.