Note: This post includes quotes containing sexually explicit and violent language.
May Golan has been a regular presence at Tel Aviv rallies where Israeli politicians whip Jewish mobs into a frenzy of hatred against asylum-seekers and migrants from countries in Africa.
But she is no mere passive bystander. Golan, megaphone in hand, often incites hatred herself against Africans, accusing them of rape, murder, crime and of destroying the “Jewish state.”
“I am proud to be a racist,” she proclaimed at an October 2012 rally to demand the mass expulsion of Africans.At a December 2012 rally, Golan tried to tear down tents the Tel Aviv municipality had permitted homeless people to erect in a park to survive the cold winter weather.
When confronted, she launched into a tirade that Africans were taking over the country and demanded to know, “Why don’t you see a single white kid on the swings?”
Members of the racist mob harassed a small group of Israeli leftists present to ensure that Africans were not attacked.
“Go find somebody to fuck you,” one man taunted a woman. “If you want to have ‘black sex’ I can give it to you.”
Marching around with her megaphone, Golan joined in the abuse. “She wants cock in the face,” Golan cried. “The ‘infiltrators’ [Africans] you help will give you cock in return.”
At another December 2012 rally, Golan shouted at a counter-demonstrator, “Just as women are raped, may you be raped in your grave.”
Golan was also present at the 17 September rally, captured on video by David Sheen, at which Africans were called “slaves” and children chanted “The people demand the expulsion of the Sudanese!” to the delight of their adult guardians (Golan is visible at 3:55).
Adopted by Likud
Golan has tried to parlay her street thuggery into a bona fide political career.
For a while she was associated with the “Strength for Israel” party of racist inciter Arye Eldad.
Then she launched an electoral list called “Hebrew City,” but after it was disqualified for reasons that are unclear, she endorsed the ruling Likud Party in the upcoming municipal elections.
Golan threw her weight behind the Likud party list headed by Tel Aviv deputy mayor Arnon Giladi whose own campaign is inciting religious hatred against Palestinians in the ethnically-cleansed city of Jaffa.
Likud, the party headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, hasn’t distanced itself from this dubious endorsement.
On the contrary, the Tel Aviv Likud branch announced the endorsement with pride on its official blog on 10 October and posted the photo above of Golan shaking hands with Giladi as Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Saar looks on.
Saar has enthusiastically adopted and continued the draconian anti-African policies of his predecessor Eli Yishai, who declared that Israel “belongs to us, to the white man.”
Even more astonishing, Golan was appointed by Likud to its steering committee on African refugees.
Some have tried to dismiss the horrifying racism of the anti-African mobs in Tel Aviv as a marginal phenomenon repudiated by mainstream Israeli society.
But the embrace of May Golan by the ruling Likud party and some of its most senior figures exposes this excuse for what it is.
With thanks to David Sheen for research.