According to an Israeli newspaper, the city authorities in Tel Aviv have decided to introduced kindergartens segregated by race.
When the children of south Tel Aviv head back to school on Tuesday, kindergarteners will attend facilities that are segregated by race. The children of asylum seekers from sub-Saharan Africa will go to their kindergartens and all the other kids will go to their own. As of this year, the municipality of Israel’s most liberal city decided that separate-but-equal for three-to-six year olds was the way to go—in 2013.
According to a report published by Ynet (Hebrew edition), the city built the new preschools for black children after Jewish-Israeli residents of the inner city area threatened to keep their children at home rather than allow them to learn how to count, fingerpaint and play on the swings alongside their peers from Eritrea and Sudan.
And so we have officials representing the city that markets itself as a paradise for gays and liberals of all types embracing the concept of segregated kindergartens, presenting it as a win-win for the African newcomers and the veteran residents.
So Israel has decided to emulate one of the most pernicious aspects of the Jim Crow era in the US. This should not be too much of a surprise. Once a nation has decided that it is perfectly acceptable to oppress one group of people, as is the case with Palestinians, it is a short step to outright racism.