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‘She just wants chocolate! What is she, an Arab?’

Israeli social media is talking about one thing today: the video showing Israeli passengers cursing and threatening a flight attendant on their way to Varna, Bulgaria.

The headlines are pretty much the same all over, and include the words: “Watch: The Ugly Israeli,” in reference to what Israelis see as the rude behavior they are notorious for worldwide.

However, few (including mainstream media) paid attention to the little gem hidden in the video, a one-liner that epitomizes the casual racism so widespread in the Jewish state.

The flight attendant refuses to sell chocolate to a passenger (apparently he was busy with another passenger, it’s difficult to discern the exact reason). Things heat up. Then, her sister sitting across the aisle says at 0:28 in the video below: “She just wants to buy chocolate, what is she – an Arab?”

Of course, this is understandable. The only reason a flight attendant refuses to sell chocolate to someone is because they’re Arab.

#Facepalm.

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    1. Ray

      Where can we watch it?

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      • Pedro X

        Watch the angry birds on Isair at

        http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4629380,00.html

        Now there is nothing really exceptional about what happened since these angry passengers incidents happen all over the world. For instance, angry Arik Air passengers deplaned in Abuja and blocked all take offs and landings. Ryan Air passengers on a flight to Paris got fed up without being fed and looted the plane of liquor, food and perfume.

        Anyone who has watched the Snickers’ chocolate bar commercial featuring the Brady Brunch

        https://screen.yahoo.com/big-game-ads-preview/brady-bunch-l-snickers-183059198.html

        would realize that people get a little hostile when they are hungry. All the male attendant had to was sell the woman a Snickers’ bar and everything would have been OK.

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        • Ray

          I don’t know why the Israir stewardess wouldn’t sell the passenger a chocolate bar, but I don’t think this situation is at all like the two you mentioned.

          Both of them involve extenuating circumstances which make the passenger’s actions at least understandable; in the Arik Air case, the airline behaved unprofessionally by keeping the passengers waiting for over three and a half hours before cancelling the flight without an explanation. In the Ryanair case (also involving a long delay), the passengers situation was unforseen and tough, although it was arguably nobody’s fault (though one of the passengers, in a Telegraph article, was quoted saying that the crew had handled the situation badly and not given them any information).

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    2. Mike Panzone

      In all 32 countries I’ve traveled to, I ask people who work in the tourist industry, who are the worst, ugliest, most rude tourists? I ask this mainly because I want to find out how the world view American tourists since I am American. The most common answer i get is Israelies and Russians. Maybe someone here can explain why they are viewed this way?

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      • C.C. DeVille

        Mike, why not ask this as a follow-up question to your interlockers so your study can remain pure?

        I mean you are going to ask a bunch of people who hate Israel such a biased question and expect an reliable answer? I think you just want to take out the gunny sack. Idiot.

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        • “who are the worst, ugliest, most rude tourists?” is not a biased question. It is actually quite open-ended. I leave it to the people questioned to supply the answer, having no idea what the stranger’s view is about Israel or about Jews. I simply ask random people in the tourist trade wherever I go, “in your experience, who are the worst tourists to deal with?”…and the most frequent answer I get, in 32 countries, is Israelis and Russians.

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          • C.C. DeVille

            I agree with everything you,said

            “Maybe someone here can explain why they are viewed this way?” This is where you suffer from selection bias by asking the agenda driven for an answer.

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      • Andy Crouch

        Yes, the answers you have received are pretty much to my experience. Certainly Israelis seem to have a complex. Mind you. The same could be said for the Russians. These two countries are followed by the Americans and British. The Americans see themselves as superior. The Brits still think they are. I am Brtish and not anti anything or body

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    3. Bar

      I’ll tell you a little something about casual racism. It is bigotry to watch a video where 3-4 people from the same family (“sell chocolates to my sister”) scream at flight attendants while dozens and dozens of other Israeli passengers sit quietly and respectfully and then claim that this “epitomizes the casual racism so widespread in the Jewish state.”

      #facepalm

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      • Anna

        “Israir said in response: “The phenomenon of passenger violence against the flight crew is only increasing. It’s even stated in a report by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Our job is to do whatever possible to put a stop to this phenomenon primarily for the safety of the passengers and equipment. The video uploaded to the web was filmed by one of the passengers who shared with all of us the type of experience that needs to be cut off at the root. Israir is doing and will continue doing anything to ensure a high and strict level of safety and security.”

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        • Bar

          Again, complete BS. A few rude passengers teach us nothing about all or most Israelis.

          Here:

          “The other flight passengers complained several times about that group, which was misbehaving and disrupting the normal flight procedure. We decided to stop selling duty-free items because of that, and once we stop selling them – you cannot buy anything.”

          He added that he previously encountered passengers “who feel that they own the flight crew.” However, he said he had never experienced such a severe incident. He further stated that he would personally accept apologies from the passengers who abused him.

          The passenger, who asked to remain anonymous, told Ynet that she regretted her behavior. “A mistake was made and we apologized for our part,” she said. Things were said by both sides that were not positive in the heat of the moment, and we all honestly apologized to Israir and the passengers. The trip was ruined, I feel very distressed, and the lesson has been learned.”

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          • Mike Panzone

            “A few rude passengers teach us nothing about all or most Israelis.”

            One person being so bold and unashamed as to publicly make such a racist remark about Arabs leaves one wondering how many other Israelis think and feel that kind of racism but don’t voice it. And I’m not counting, but it does seem that Israeli politicians, religious leaders, and your settler types have made many similar remarks about Arabs over the past few years.

            A quick comparison: In America, almost any public figure in entertainment, sports, politics, or religion who make racist comments about blacks or Jews can be sure their career is over. If they do not lose their careers, they become pariahs and require many years to recover.

            When Israeli leaders slam Arabs, and when leaders in Muslim countries slam Jews, it seems a person’s career can actually thrive.

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          • Bar

            In other words, since this article suits your biases against Israel, you agree with it, even if there’s zero evidence the article’s claims are accurate and, in fact, the behavior of the other passengers (the vast majority of plane passengers) contradicts its premise.

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          • C.C. DeVille

            Nope. Jess Jerkson and Al Sharpton kept right on truckin after their anti Jewish comment. The reverend Al even inspired a mob to burn down a Jewish mans store.

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          • Mike Panzone

            Both are members of the black minority who, unfairly, get a pass. Many white majority Americans have suffered huge losses when they made racist comments.

            Not so in the Middle East. Jewish majority leaders in Israel and leaders in Muslim dominated countries get a boost when they make racist comments about their minorities…They suffer few consequences.

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      • Brian

        Your objection to Ami Kaufman’s observation is off the mark, logically, it seems to me. He was not referring to screaming vs. sitting quietly and respectfully. He was referring to the “what is she–an Arab?” remark. Kaufman is talking about a remark by one individual and asserting that it epitomizes a widespread casual attitude. I’m assuming Kaufman is a native Israeli with a base of experience upon which to draw. It would be casually prejudiced if Kaufman had said “this woman is probably casually racist because she’s one of “them.” But Kaufman’s logic runs the other way. You can argue Kaufman is inaccurate but his statement is no more bigoted than would be a white American’s who said “this remark, x, by this American, about y people epitomizes the casual racism widespread in American society.” Which statement is to whatever degree true or false but not bigoted.

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        • bar

          I stopped reading after your first sentence.

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    4. Shelly

      “Arsim” do not represent the views thoughts and behavior of all Israelis. They are the “white trash” of Israeli society and should be viewed as such. No more. No less.

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      • Brian

        Thanks for explaining the behaviors of ICat, Sluggo and Deville.

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      • C.C. DeVille

        “White trash”? How rascist.
        Is there such a thing as yellow trash or black trash?

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    5. C.C. DeVille

      “They are members of the human race. Worse than that I cannot say.”

      Mark Twain on asked what he thought of the Jews

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    6. Bar

      Still no apology for this bigoted post by Kaufman?

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      • Brian

        Day # 2 of the Bar-Kaufman hostage crisis. Still no apology from Kaufman. Bar still refuses to read past the first sentence. The tension mounts. Fox News is interviewing one Mr. CC Deville on all this: “Well I think it just goes to show you how important Brian thinks he is. These liberals are ruthless.”

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        • Bar

          I couldn’t get past your name this time.

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          • Brian

            Wow! At this pace before long you won’t be able to access +972 without breaking out in a rash!

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        • C.C. DeVille

          In your own lack of self-awareness, you managed to parody yourself. Incredible.

          Also, I would not label anyone as a liberal in a constructive dialog. For one, it’s not how I think and two, it’s disrespectfull.

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          • Felix Reichert

            Very true. And how well Bar has parodies her-/himself.
            Wouldn’t it actually be great if she’d/he’d stay away?

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      • Dear Bar,

        Don’t hold your breath.

        Best,

        Ami

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    7. Average American

      Reputations are earned. People have opinions about the behavior of Israelis because it is earned. Read a little of the Torah. If a Jew buys a bowl from a non-Jew for the agreed price of 3 zuz, and the Jew gives the non-Jew 2 zuz, and the non-Jew is such a bad businessman as to trust the Jew and not count his change, then the Jew can keep the bowl for 2 zuz.

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      • Bar

        There you go, Ami. You thought you were exposing Israeli bigotry and instead your revealed your own and permitted some of the more dedicated supporters of 972 to opine on this as well.

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        • Mike Panzone

          AA is making a point about earned reputations. It doesn’t make him a bigot. Used car salesmen have the earned reputation of being dishonest because many buyers have had bad experiences with them.

          I tell friends who travel to the Middle East to be watchful over there because I have found many in the Jewish and Arab culture unpleasant to do business with. I am just passing on my experiences…I’m not saying all Jews and Arabs are that way, but a great deal have proven themselves to be that way. Sorry.

          That is a whole lot different than saying what the woman said in this video, where she speaks as if Arabs are lowlifes.

          What if someone in 1930’s Germany said, “Why won’t you sell me chocolate? What am I, a Jew?” See how it sounds?

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          • Bar

            AA is exposing his antisemitism. Period.

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          • Bryan

            No one can stop you from making whatever use you wish to of the “antisemitism” stick in order to attack your political opponents, but if such attacks are to have any credibility on a public forum you do need to use it consistently and realize that it is a double-edged sword. There are forms of anti-Arab racism that every bit as nasty as the worst chanters of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion – for instance Benzion Gopstein who mobilises his supporters to picket inter-cultural weddings, march in Jerusalem and even Tel Aviv chanting, death to Arabs, fire-bomb mixed schools and distribute Kosher certificates to businesses refusing to employ Palestinian Israelis. I trust that you will make it clear that you abhor racism in all its forms or else admit that you are a hypocrite who doesn’t like racism directed at your friends but has no problem with racism in general. Which one is it?, and please note that criticism of the worst features of Israeli society has nothing to do with anti-Semitism.

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    8. Brian

      What part of the bigotry of “She just wants chocolate! What is she, an Arab?” did Ami not expose, Bar? How would you feel if a European or an Arab on an Air France flight said “She just wants chocolate! What is she, a Jew?” And are you to tell us that jokes and slurs about Arabs in the same vein are uncommon in Israeli society? Ami Kaufman is wrong about that?

      To try to blur Average American, who, I agree with you, IS using bigoted anti-Semitic language and code words, with Ami Kaufman, who obviously is not, is not honest. It’s the kind of dishonest blurring technique the Israeli right uses all the time against the left.

      What Average American is doing here is (1) trying to paint a bigoted picture of a Jew and then (2) insist that there is no difference between that bigoted portrait of a Jew and an Israeli and the state of Israel. Netanyahu tries all the time to say that there is no difference between Israel and Jews, they are one and the same, it’s the Jewish State, we demand you recognize it, blah blah blah. So that Average American and Netanyahu are not actually that far apart and Average American and the Samaria Settler Council makers of the “eternal Jew” video are not actually that different at all. All of them conflate the state of Israel and Jews for their own purposes. And Average American conflates it in exactly the same way the Samaria Settler Council did it in the video, by painting an anti-Semitic picture of Jews. Which is why Dimi Reider called that the most anti-Semitic video of all time.

      (This is all the kind of more general conflation Felix Reichert pointed out here:
      http://972mag.com/oslo-ring-of-peace-organizers-slammed-for-palestine-solidarity/103167/
      )

      But you, Bar, by lumping Ami Kaufman with Average American, are committing a smear. Not unlike the Samaria Settler Council.

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    9. Shahariyari

      This is what happens when you establish a Jewish majority state. Iran will teach you good manners. As for Brian, Avi is a big boy and can decide whether he wants to be lumped with Average Amercan. I think average Americans are needed for peace with Iran

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      • Brian

        Avi decided. (Look above, Baruch.)

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