Jerusalem mayor likens Ashkelon’s anti-Arab move to 1930s Germany

Chief of Police Yohanan Danino (C), Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (R) during a tour in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Beit Hanina and Shuafat. October 22, 2014. (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
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By Times of Israel

The mayor of Ashkelon’s decision to bar Arab workers smacks of 1930s Germany, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said Friday.

Mayor Itamar Shimoni on Thursday came under fire from Israeli leaders across the political spectrum for announcing that he would terminate construction of bomb/rocket shelters at any kindergarten where Arab workers were employed and also order the posting of armed guards outside kindergartens near building sites that employ Arab construction workers.

Barkat called Shimoni’s move “the wrong decision” and “irresponsible,” telling Army Radio that “You can’t outlaw an entire public, as was done in Nazi Germany 70 years ago.”

“I can’t but think of where we were 70 years ago in Europe,” Barkat said. “We mustn’t generalize like the generalization against Jews then. Here in Jerusalem we have tens of thousands of Arab workers.”

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