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Shame on All of Those Involved in the Deportation of Asylum Seekers

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The budding signs of civil disobedience inspire hope. The 350 doctors, dozens of school principals, hundreds of academics, 35 writers and dozens of flight crew members who yesterday announced their refusal to fly the deportees are all to the good. In addition to their petitions, other wonderful initiatives have popped up, including one by Holocaust survivors who’ve expressed their willingness to conceal in their homes the targets of the hunt for human beings that has already begun.

This is Israel’s big test, one of enormous importance. Without the ritual excuses of security and biblical allegories, this time it’s a simple test that will tell just how much the malignancy of racism has spread. Ultimately, it will show whether a significant humane core exists here, one with power and influence, or whether these are just isolated signals in the dark.

Besides protesting and refusing to cooperate, shaming – which hasn’t been effective in the fight against the occupation – shouldn’t be disregarded. In Israel the settlers, Shin Bet agents, soldiers and........

© Haaretz