Q: How long does it take an Arab woman to bring down the garbage?
A: Nine months!
That was the “joke,” posted as a personal status update on Facebook by Mydan Ben Yoash, the Greater Tel Aviv spokesman for Magen David Adom [MDA], the Israeli medical rescue service (akin to the Red Crescent or Red Cross).
MK Ahmed Tibi took a screenshot of the status update and posted it on his Facebook page shortly before Ben Yoash removed it from his own wall.
In Hebrew and Arabic, Tibi writes:
Mydan Ben Yoash is the Magen David Adom spokesman for Greater Tel Aviv. This is what he posted. Racist vomit. I spoke this evening with the director of Magen David Adom, Mr. Eli Bin, and demanded his immediate dismissal. I hope that very soon he will find himself out of MDA. Get rid of him immediately!
Photos on Facebook by photographer Assaf Brezinger show Ben Yoash wearing a yarmulke and embracing a Torah scroll at a religious celebration hosted by Chabad-Lubavitch, the messianic Hasidic group that is based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
MDA receives donations from Jews all over the diaspora. It’s very common in Israel to see an ambulance that is emblazoned with the statement that it was donated by, in memory of or in honor of members of Jewish communities all over the world. In a post on the English-language MDA blog, Ben Yoash is extolled for his kindness in accompanying an elderly woman to a relative’s wedding in an ambulance.
One hopes that the Jewish donors to MDA will make known their displeasure at having their funds go toward the salary collected by Ben Yoash.
Imagine the reaction if a Red Cross spokesperson posted the same “joke” on his or her Facebook page, substituting “Jewish woman” for “Arab woman.”