It’s my third time in Costa Rica, but the first time i’ve got here single. The last two times i was in (somekind of) a relationship. I think that being in a relationship was what held my sanity up, I had people to talk to, things to do, and a reason to miss home.
Now i don’t have any of these. I’m here on business, working on something i cannot really disclose. And in the meantime Israel is moving along without me, at least for this week.
The Israeli Blogoshpere was shocked yesterday (and the day before) because of a post by Zroobavela, which stated she dislikes Arabs (of all kind). That small racist remark caused a shockwave in the Israeli Blogosphere, where Aviad Kidron, the moderator and administrator of Grapes, an Israeli blog aggregator, decided to withdraw Zrubavella’s posts from Grapes. Other people expressed their opinions in other matters. (A full list could be found here, in hebrew).
Zroobavela’s racist remarks show her ignorance, where she does not differ from Christian, Muslim or Just between Israeli citizens and Palestinians. She tries to persuade that all Arabs are terrorists and I think that this kind of racism is ignorance in its worst form.
However, Zroobavela’s actions are only a symptom of Israel’s society. We are in a situation where racist remarks are so common, they act as regular adjectives and adverbs in the our language. For example, the use of the phrase “Arab Work” to mean something done without care or planning, is so common that some of my Arab friends even use it.
On the other hand, Zroobavela is one of the most popular Israeli bloggers, participating in “Myblog”, an Israeli TV reality show about bloggers, and holding one of the most popular blogs in IsraBlog, Israel’s leading blog portal.
In the Race for peace and tolerance, it is hard to accept what she said. It is hard since it is a criminal act to say so, It is also hard since i believe that freedom of expression should be allowed as long as no one is hurt.
I want to believe that someone would go to the police and file a complaint for racial slander and to contact Israblog and request them to remove the post for Racial expressions, which infringe their terms of service. however, this will seem quite malicious, since it does interfere with one’s freedom of expression.
So what to do with her? The Blogosphere has already used its social sanctions against her, i believe; the question is whether the law should come to effect here or not.