Israeli Council head said swimming pools should be segregated because Arab Muslims have different hygiene habits from Jews. They DO! They force their women and girls to get into swimming pools fully clothed.
Haaretz A council head from northern Israel who said he doesn’t want Arabs in his towns’ pools apologized on Friday, saying his remarks were misunderstood.
Lower Galilee Regional Council head Motti Dotan had told a radio station on Thursday that public swimming pools should be segregated because Arabs have different hygiene habits from Jews.
He offered an apology in a Facebook post on Friday.
“My dear Jewish and Arab friends,” he said. “Yesterday during a radio broadcast I was asked about the homogenous population that patronizes the pools in the council’s towns. In my response, I addressed the cultural differences between the populations and their conduct at the pool. Unfortunately, it’s possible that I was misunderstood, and may have had a slip of the tongue. In any case, I apologize to anyone who felt offended.”
In the radio interview on Thursday, Dotan said he doesn’t hate Arabs “but I don’t want them at my pools. I don’t go to their pools, either.”
Dotan claimed that his comments had nothing to do with racism. “It’s cultural differences, it’s not racism… In non-Jewish, Arab culture, you go into the pool wearing clothes, trying to dictate all types of clothing, and that’s why it doesn’t suit us. “
“The culture of cleanliness isn’t the same as ours,” he continued. “Why is that racist?”
According to the Times of Israel, Kol Chai’s interview with Dotan came as a follow-up to a questionnaire it had sent out to northern council leaders about whether they allowed non-locals to use their swimming pools.
“This a cultural difference; it’s not racism,” Dotan said on Thursday. “In the non-Jewish culture, the Arab [culture], they go into the pool with their clothes on, and try to lay down manners of dress like that or similar, and therefore it is not suitable for us. The hygiene culture is not like ours. Why is it racism?”
Dotan noted that no Jews swim at an Arab-owned private pool near Kibbutz Beit Rimon, one of several Jewish communities and towns represented by his council. Neighboring Arab towns and villages are represented by a different regional council.
Dotan heads a regional council that includes 18 Jewish communities, some of which are located near Arab towns. For example, the Jewish religious kibbutz of Beit Rimon neighbors the Arab communities of Kafr Kana and Tur’an, and the Jewish community of Sarona is located near the Circassian Kafr Kama.
Dotan noted that “also with Arabs, if they act according to our norms I don’t have a problem with them, but it doesn’t happen, that’s why I’m making a generalization.”