Israeli social equalities minister May Golan boasts of Gaza's destruction

Israeli social equalities minister May Golan boasts of Gaza's destruction

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22 February, 2024


An Israeli minister has boasted of being "proud" of the destruction unleashed on Gaza by Israeli forces, in the latest extremist and dehumanising remarks by Israeli senior officials about Palestinians.

Minister of Social Equality and Women's Advancement MK May Golan, from Netanyahu's Likud party, said on Wednesday she was "personally proud of the ruins of Gaza" in a speech riddled with violent rhetoric.

Over half of Gaza's infrastructure has been destroyed in Israeli attacks, analysts believe, with an unprecedented 29,000 bombs dropped on the enclave in just over four months.

In the same speech, Golan went on to talk about "cutting off" the head of Yahya Sinwar, Hamas's leader in Gaza. It is not the first time she has used alarming language.

She referred to refugees from Africa as "Muslim infiltrators", criminals, and rapists, according to a 2023 report in The Guardian, and reportedly said she was "proud to be a racist".

Golan's remarks came as Israeli parliament voted to back Netanyahu's declaration that opposes the 'unilateral' creation of Palestinian state, following growing international calls for the revival of efforts to reach a two-state solution. Netanyahu's Likud party said in a statement that 99 of 120 lawmakers voted to support the declaration passed earlier this week by the cabinet.