This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Arab workers in Israel being fired in backlash from synagogue attack
- Britain in nationalistic surge as anti-EU UKIP party gains ground
Arab workers in Israel being fired in backlash from synagogue attack
Israeli border policeman shown during clashes with Palestinian protesters in Ramallah on Friday (Reuters)
Following Tuesday’s terrorist attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, Arabworkers across Israel are being fired from their jobs. This came tolight after the announcement that the mayor of Ashkelon, one ofIsrael’s leading cities, fired Arabs who were building bomb sheltersin municipal kindergartens. Many Arabs in Israel are constructionworkers, and it’s believed that one of the perpetrators ofthe synagogue attack was a construction worker.
The decision to fire Arab workers is causing outrage and charges ofracism across the Israeli political spectrum. Israel’s Commission forEqual Employment Opportunities said that “a not insignificant numberof requests regarding employers firing or wishing to terminate theemployment of Arab male and female employees, solely on racialgrounds.”
Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:
The vast majority of Israel’s Arab citizens are lawabiding and whoever breaks the law — we will take determined andvigorous action against him.
Britain in nationalistic surge as anti-EU UKIP party gains ground
The anti-EU anti-immigrant UK Independence Party (UKIP) had astartling by-election victory on Thursday when former Conservative(Tory) party MP Mark Reckless won re-election after defecting to theUKIP. Prime minister David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party,had promised to “throw everything” at the campaign in order to defeatReckless, but in the Reckless got 42%, defeating the Tory candidate at35%. This was the second by-election in a month where Nigel Farage has been gloating about the victory and is warning otherTory MPs that they should also defect to the UKIP, or risk losingtheir seats in next year’s general election.
However, it’s not just Tory seats that are at risk. ComparingThursday’s vote to the 2010 election, Reckless stole away14% of the Tory votes, but also took 12% of the Labour voteand 16% of the Lib Dem vote. This is only one district, butthe vote could be signaling a rapid surge in nationalism.
According to the UKIP web site,
UKIP is a patriotic party that promotes independence:from the EU, and from government interference. We believe in freetrade, lower taxes, personal freedom and responsibility.
UKIP believes in Britain becoming a democratic, self-governingcountry once again. This can only be achieved by getting ournation out of the European Union and reasserting the sovereigntyof Parliament.
As a party we are unashamedly patriotic: we believe there is somuch to be proud about Britain and the contribution it has made tothe world. We believe that Britain is good enough to be anindependent nation, trading and building harmonious relations withthe rest of the world.
We believe Britain must get back control over its borders, so thatit can welcome people with a positive contribution to make whilelimiting the overall numbers of migrants and keeping out thosewithout the skills or aptitudes to be of benefit to the nation.
UKIP believes in promoting self-reliance and personal freedom fromstate interference. We believe the state in Britain has become toolarge, too expensive and too dominant over civilsociety.
From the point of view of Generational Dynamics, the increased Britishnationalism is no surprise, as countries around the world, includingChina and the United States, including the Israelis and thePalestinians, are becoming increasingly nationalistic. The survivorsof the horrors of World War II were well aware of the dangers ofextreme nationalism, and how it can cause the most brutal kinds ofwars. That’s why those survivors have done everything possible topromote globalism and racial tolerance. But those survivors have allbut disappeared, and the generations that grew up after WWII are nowin charge and have no fears of nationalism. Mirror (London) and Irish Times and UKIP Web Site
KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Israel, Ashkelon, Benjamin Netanyahu,Britain, UK Independence Party, UKIP, Nigel Farage,David Cameron, Mark Reckless
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