Violence towards immigrants and Palestinian citizens of Israel may seem like distinct issues, but there is evidence to suggest that moves targeting one group soon spread to another [GALLO/GETTY]
“There have been a lot of [asylum seekers] complaining about being stopped by police or soldiers ~ we’re not entirely sure which ~ but they’re people in uniform who have been taking their visas and tearing them up.”
“It’s obvious that [things] can go to another level. This is what happened in Germany and many other places.”
But one of the ugliest truths about Israel ~ a truth that must be faced in both the US and Europe, where xenophobic and anti-Islamic sentiments are also on the rise ~ is that Israel offers the Western world a reflection of itself.