A Health Ministry inspector poured bleach over pots full of food in a Sudanese restaurant in Tel Aviv Sunday night.
The inspector, from the ministry’s district office for Tel Aviv, was participating in a raid by police and municipal inspectors on illegal businesses owned by African migrants. Altogether, the raid shut down 10 businesses in the city’s Neveh Sha’anan neighborhood, confiscating their equipment and welding the doors shut. The equipment was then loaded onto vans by other African migrants who had been hired as contract workers.
Many diners saw the inspector pouring bleach on the food, and one, asylum-seeker Aladin Abaker from Sudan’s Darfur region, posted photos of the incident on his Facebook page. He also described his feelings of humiliation.
“Everyone − except the destroyers − was in tears from the humiliation,” he wrote. “The waitress told us, ‘I’ve seen very harsh things in my life, like torture in Sinai, but this humiliated me more than what happened to me in Sinai.”
Abaker accused the inspector of “insensitivity to people and their culture, which sees food as a sacred thing that must be respected,” and said the raid was aimed at “embittering our lives so we’ll return to Africa ‘voluntarily.’”
Altogether, he said, more than 200 kilograms of meat, chicken and fish and over 500 prepared meals were destroyed.
The inspectors said they didn’t know where the meat came from and therefore feared for the diners’ health, Abaker wrote. “We told them: But this is the only place we’ve eaten all our meals for four years now, and none of us ever had stomach problems. Even whites eat here.”
The Health Ministry responded that inspectors had discovered “deplorable sanitary conditions, food stored under unsuitable conditions and temperatures, and food from unknown sources. In order to preserve the public’s health and that of the diners themselves, it was decided to destroy the food immediately. As part of the process of destroying the food, chemicals suitable to this purpose are used. It should be noted that this was a routine process of food destruction that is no different from other destructions of food/meat.”
Tel Aviv’s deputy city manager, Ruby Zelof, said the raids were carried out “to eradicate the undesirable phenomenon of businesses operating illegally, with sanitation and safety problems and illegal connections to electricity and water, and sales of alcoholic beverages without permits.”
Haaretz | Photo credit: Aladin Abaker
Knesset Member Miri Regev — a member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud Party — called the refugees “a cancer in our body” and Danny Danon — also a Likud Knesset Member — wrote on his Facebook page referring to the Africans as “infiltrators”. Interior Minister Eli Yishai said the African asylum seekers threaten “the Zionist dream,” adding, “Jobs will root them here.”
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Looks like Israel’s got their own version of Jim Crow.
50 shades of racism…
whether you’re in north america or elsewhere in the world, as soon as you’re on the darker end of the spectrum, you’re considered less-than-worthy…
All of life is a giant leap of faith. And what holds us back is the obsessive and debilitating need for certainty of outcome ahead of time.
Many people *know* what their next move is, but they don’t do it. They spend time thinking about it. They wonder. They try to figure out if they do it - what will happen. And all the while - they stay still, staying stuck. Happiness in life is about stepping into necessary uncertainty and not needing to know the outcome - because if we are honest - we rarely, if ever, know.
Like the pictures of Beyonce and Blue in the house and shit are clearly taken on some creepy shit through a window and ya’ll just steady rebloggin.
I never got how Black people could be so anti-racism, but so pro-shadeism.
Like, they’re the first ones to throw the racism card at everything, and turn right around and enforce “dark skinned/light skinned” stereotypes. And get mad when people tell them about it and say “it’s just jokes”. They really become the monsters they “claim” to hate.
hood kids cheaper than they fucking mamas man
dont never ask a hood kid for a piece of their bubble tape
they will give u a piece the size of your fingernail
and expect you to blow big ass bubbles with the shit too
And we always kept an ACTIVE running tab on who looked out for us when we was down and broke.
“Lemme get some gum”
“WATCHU MEAN? when I wanted to borrow a quarter so I could get some chips YOU SAID NO”
“But I did give you some of my seeds tho”
“And I gave you some of my fruit roll up so fuck out my face”
“Aight, imma remember this”
“And imma remember this gum”
“I hope you do remember that gum when my mom make shrimp scampi again”
“TSK Aight here nigga damn”
this is so fucking true, hood kids were fucking bondsmen and brokers before they made it to third grade
entrepreneurial ass niggas
LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS SO TRUE DOE!!!!!!!!!!!
Straight up entrepreneurial as fuck!!!!!
You won’t allow me to go to school.
I won’t become a doctor.
One day you will be sick.
Poem written by an 11 year old Afghan girl
This poem was recorded in a NYT magazine article about female underground poetry groups in Afghanistan. An amazing article about the ways in which women are using a traditional two line poetry form to express their resistance to male oppression, their feelings about love (considered blasphemous), and their doubts about religion.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
Sweet Love Hangover by Diana Ross. Always loved the melody to this song especially at the beginning. Wanna play this on a keyboard one day.
Diana Ross - Love Hangover, Live on The Midnight Special 1976 (by Buzz Bee)