The Black Panthers of Israel and the Politics of the Radical Analogy

  • Oz Frankel
Part of the Contemporary Black History book series (CBH)


In early January 1971, Israeli newspapers reported on mounting frustrations among street gangs in the capital, Jerusalem. One member told a reporter, “We want everyone to know that we are here, and that something is going to happen. There are two kinds of people in this country—a superior one and an inferior one. Enough! If our parents were quiet all the time—we are not going to keep quiet.”1 Al Hamishmar daily quoted another youngster declaring, “We want to organize against the Ashkenazi government and the establishment. We will be the Black Panthers of the State of Israel.”2 The mayor of Jerusalem and the local chief of police discounted these early accounts, dismissing as ludicrous the very idea of a Black Panther-like agitation in the streets of Jerusalem.


Prime Minister Israeli Society Street Gang Black Panther Party Police Brutality 
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