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Friday, November 07, 2008

Helena Cobban, "R. Emanuel: Repudiate this disgusting racist comment," Just World News, November7, 2008.

... that was reportedly made by your father, Benjamin Emanuel, to the Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv in response to your appointment as Obama's White House Chief of Staff:

"Obviously he will influence the president to be pro-Israel... Why wouldn't he be? What is he, an Arab? He's not going to clean the floors of the White House."

(HT: B of Moon of Alabama)

In many Jewish-Israeli circles, including apparently the Irgun/Likud circles the elder Emanuel has been associated with for many decades, "Arab work" is associated with doing all the dirty or hard work, very frequently carried out by members of Israel's substantial ethnically Palestinian (Arab) minority, that allows so many of Jewish Israelis, nowadays, to live lives of relative ease and prosperity.

  Being "pro-Israel", as Rahm Emanuel has always proudly been, does not in any way involve a requirement to be "anti-Arab"-- far less to demean Arabs and Muslims in public or to pursue exclusionary or discourse-suppressing policies.

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