April 16, 2009
By Danny Adino Ababa
“Niggers don’t expel Jews! This isn’t what we brought you to Israel for!” are just some of the degrading slurs Border Guard officers reported hearing from masked settlers.
During the violent clashes between Israeli forces and settlers in Hebron on Tuesday “a bunch of veiled people started yelling at us: Who are you to expel us from our home? An Ethiopian does not expel a Jew! A nigger does not expel a Jew!” one Border Guard officer of Ethiopian descent recounted.
“I just didn’t know what to do with myself,” he said.
And it turns out this was not the only such incident to take place. Another officer reported that while arriving to make an arrest about a week and-a-half ago, a group of youths verbally attacked him saying, “Who told you to come and evacuate us? You Ethiopians. What are you, this State’s niggers? Olmert’s niggers?”
The officers said they were deeply offended by these remarks, but stressed that the ones making them were settler youths coming from outside of Hebron, and not the residents of the Jewish settlement or Kiryat Arba, who have treated them with respect.
Border Guard sources reported that racist remarks were also made against Druze soldiers. “We knew that this would happen so we instructed our officers in advance,” said a source.
“We harshly condemn those extremists that bring a bad name to an entire public by using racial slurs against Border Guard fighters that spend night and day protecting residents of the West Bank.”
“As part of the preparations for the mission the fighters were instructed to ignore such comments and carry out their mission with the utmost professionalism.”
Zvi Zinger contributed to this report