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Who’re the Nazis?

Okay, so I’ve been a bit critic on Israel lately, and I haven’t changed my mind about that.. But something I’m really tired about, in the discussions about Israel and the Palestinians, is when people are comparing or making Israel equal to the Nazis.. And it happens quite a lot..

I read this passage in Matthias Küntzel’s book, “Jihad and Jewhatred” about this phenomenon, which I found pretty interesting:

Secondly, for Yassin and Arafat the subject of the Holocaust – the central experience in the establishment and attitudes of the State of Israel – has remainded taboo, as has that of the role of the Mufti in National Socialism. No post-Oslo PA schoolbook so much as mentions Auschwitz. When a PA official asked that this be changed, he was met with furious protests and the request was rejected. The Chairman of the Palistinian Parliament’s Education Committee declared that, “we have no interest in teaching the Holocaust.” His parliamentary colleague and Fatah leader, Hatem Abd al-Qader, added that teaching about the Holocaust would present “a great danger” for the Palestinian identity. “If such a decision [about teaching the Holocaust] is made, it will undoubtedly ruin the Palelistinian dream and aspirations. It will entirely obliterate the past, present and future of the Palestinians”. Not the slightest danger to the Palestinian identity, though, seemed to be presented by the circulation with express PA approval of Hitler’s programmativ work Mein Kampf , which reached number sic in the Palestinian Territory’s bestsellers’ list in 1999. The translator of the Arabic edition refers in his introduction to his author’s continued relevance: “Adolf Hitler does not belong to the German people alone, he is one of the few great men who almost stopped the motion of history, altered its course….. National Socialism did not die with the death of its herald. Rather, its seeds multiplied under each star.”

While the PA “sows” the seeds of National Socialism un this way, and reaps a harvest of murderous anti-Jewish actions from it, Israeli policy is presented in all its media as a continuation or even intensification of Nazism. The constant equation of Israeli and Nation Socialist policies – “Nazism of the Jews,” “Nazi-like enemy,” “Nazi-Zionist practices” – amounts to a specific form of Holocaust denial, one which legitimates the pursuit of an anti-Jewish extermination policy, while projecting these murderous intentions onto the chosen victim. – “Jihad and Jewhatred” Matthias Küntzel page 117-118

So the question remains, who really are the Nazis? Israel or the Palestinian leaders?

Now, I’m not trying to say that all Palestinians are Nazis, not even close, but with leaders like this, what can you do? The worst part is that there actually are many intelligent and well meaning Palestinians, who want to make a difference and build a better future for both the Palestinians and Israel, but when all the support goes to the hatemongers among the Palestinians, what can decent Palestinians do? Not much..

And when I’m talking about support, then I don’t only think about Iran, but also Israel herself (who supported Hamas in the 80s), EU (who supports Hamas today) and the States, who is allied with the largest producer and exporter of Anti-Semitism, namely Saudi Arabia..

I really find this sad and it makes me wonder, how much so called “meddlers for peace” really want to make peace..

All the best and Shabbat Shalom


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