TEL AVIV – A prominent Israeli author has criticized Israel as the “most racist state” in the developed world, condemning its policies towards its Arab residents, Al Arabiya website reported on Thursday, June 28.
“Israel can claim the title of most racist state in the developed world,” Israeli author Sami Michael said at the opening of an international conference of the Association for Israel Studies at an Israeli university, according to a report in Haaretz newspaper.
Speaking at the conference, Michael added that racism is encouraged by Israeli cabinet members and fueled by increasing religious extremism in the country.
“From kindergarten to old age we feed our children hatred, suspicion and disgust toward the stranger and the other, and especially toward the Arabs,” he said.
“Israeli culture is no less poisoned than the fanatic Islamic factions,” he added.
Michael has previously called for the creation of an independent Palestinian state to exist alongside Israel.
In his novels, Michael writes about the aspirations and struggles of both Jews and Arabs.
He is the author of non-fiction novels including “These are the Tribes of Israel” in 1984 and, more recently, Twelve “Unbounded Ideas” in 2000.