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Israeli military chief backtracks from 1930s Germany comparison

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We usually only post articles that explicitly contain the word “genocide” in them, as we try to provide analysis rather than news items. However, we find that this particular statement, despite the Deputy Chief of Staff’s backtrack and lack of personal accountability in his professional capacity, is indisputably a warning that Israel is going the way of genocide against the Palestinian people:

“The Holocaust must lead us to think about our public lives, and even more than that, it must guide anyone who has the ability, not only those who wish to bear public responsibility. Because if there is anything that frightens me in the remembrance of the Holocaust, it is discerning nauseating trends that took place in Europe in general, and in Germany specifically back then, 70, 80 and 90 years ago, and seeing evidence of them here among us in the year 2016. After all, there is nothing simpler and easier than hating the foreigner*, there is nothing easier and simpler than arousing fears and intimidating, there is nothing easier and simpler than becoming bestial, forgoing principles and becoming smug.”

*Translation note: The word זר (zar)-“foreigner”- would have better been translated in this case to “the other”.

Continue reading at http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/05/israeli-military-chief-yair-golan-nazi-germany-comparison

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This is Netanyahu’s horror: “An open unleashing of raw racism that has always been a part of Israeli society” by Cecilie Surasky

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The irony, of course, or perhaps it’s no coincidence, is that for so long, it has been a truism that one is simply forbidden to raise any comparison whatsoever between Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and the Nazis’ treatment of the Jews. And it’s true, nothing can compare to the enormous killing machine the Nazis created whose only goal was to efficiently murder as many “inferior people” as possible.

But Nazism was not only the gas chambers of Auschwitz and Treblinka. It was based on a system of biological superiority. And when I first heard older leftist Israeli Jews who had been refugees from Hitler’s policies say they recognized some similarities in modern day Israel, I was too shocked to process it. But over time, for me, those linkages have become inescapable, and I have come to believe that remaining silent about them only increases the likelihood of them worsening.

Continue reading at http://www.salon.com/2015/10/27/this_is_netanyahus_horror_an_open_unleashing_of_raw_racism_that_has_always_been_a_part_of_israeli_society/

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Why is Benjamin Netanyahu trying to whitewash Hitler? by Ali Abunimah

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The Israeli prime minister’s attempt to whitewash Hitler and lay the blame for the Holocaust at the door of Palestinians signals a major escalation of his incitement against and demonization of the people living under his country’s military and settler-colonial rule.

It also involves a good deal of Holocaust denial…

That Husseini met Hitler and had relations with the Nazis is no secret. But the fabrications of Netanyahu and other Zionists should be seen for what they are: an attempt to falsely blame Palestinians for Europe’s genocide of Jews and in the process erase from memory Zionism’s own collaborationist history with Hitler’s genocidal regime.

This vile propaganda can have no other purpose than to further dehumanize Palestinians and justify Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing and murder.

Netanyahu’s attempt to blame Palestinians for the Holocaust is itself a form of genocidal incitement.

Continue reading at https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/why-benjamin-netanyahu-trying-whitewash-hitler

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BDS: A Global Movement for Freedom & Justice by Omar Barghouti

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In challenging Israel’s oppression, the global BDS campaign does not call for Israel to be treated according to higher or lower standards than those that apply to any other state committing similar crimes and violations of international law. Although Israel is by no means the most atrocious offender around the world, it is the only ongoing offender that has constantly been treated as an honorary member of the Western club of “democracies,” with the Holocaust cynically — and quite irrelevantly — summoned as a smokescreen to cover up this collusion. The virtually unparalleled state of exceptionalism and impunity that Israel enjoys today allows it to pursue its agenda of apartheid, ethnic cleansing and slow-genocide against the indigenous people of Palestine without any regard to international law or concern about possible punitive measures for violating it. As some progressive Jewish intellectuals have stated recently, “Never Again!” must always be understood to mean: never again to anyone.

Continue reading at https://al-shabaka.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Barghouty_policybrif_En-July_2015.pdf

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Holocaust Survivors join NYC’s Ad War, accuse Israel of genocide by Rasha B. Foda

Now, New Yorker’s have yet another ad to chew on, this time sponsored by Holocaust survivors. The group of 300 survivors and their descendants have chipped in to buy an ad in the New York Times, condemning Israeli atrocities against Palestinians, which they unabashedly describe as – yes, genocide. And if that weren’t blasphemous enough, they call for a “full economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel.”

Continue reading at http://shareverything.com/2015/04/23/holocaust-survivors-join-nycs-israeli-palestinian-ad-wars/

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Why was Palestinian suffering forgotten on Holocaust Remembrance Day? by Michael Lesher

Under these circumstances, the sensible thing for Jews to do is to make common cause with Muslims in opposition to religious intolerance, and to campaign against the imperialist wars that have devastated so much of the Muslim world — the all too obvious global consequences of which include anger, sometimes violent, over Israel’s role in many of those wars.

Writing as a Jew myself, and specifically in light of Holocaust history, I find such a response more than political common sense; for me, it is a moral imperative. And for the same reason I cannot remain silent while Jewish elites turn the lessons of the Nazi genocide upside down — incidentally using the very methods the Nazis used to convert Germany into a killing machine.

Continue reading at http://electronicintifada.net/content/why-was-palestinian-suffering-forgotten-holocaust-remembrance-day/14435

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Amid genocide debates, Palestinians suffering from Israeli aggression are ignored by Yusuf Selman İnanç

Ali Ciddeh, residing in the West Bank, said: “We condemn the Holocaust. But today the problem is that the people who were subjected to genocide, do the same thing in Palestine.”

Continue reading at http://www.dailysabah.com/mideast/2015/04/17/amid-genocide-debates-palestinians-suffering-from-israeli-aggression-are-ignored

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All Along The Watchtower: Inside The Gaza Blockade by Justin King

For all the talk about security concerns, the truth is that the Israelis want the Palestinians on the brink of a humanitarian crisis. There is a US State Department cable proving it:

“Israeli officials have confirmed to Embassy officials on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy functioning at the lowest level possible consistent with avoiding a humanitarian crisis.. Israeli officials have confirmed.. on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge.”

… The most recent historical example of a nation walling off an ethnicity and then denying them access to the basic necessities of life is the reason Israel was created in the first place. The Israelis often chant “Never forget!” when discussing the holocaust. Apparently, the propaganda has lost its meaning and not only have they forgotten what it’s like to be walled inside ghettos and starved, but they now use the slogan to justify doing it to another ethnicity.

It is often said that “If the Palestinians laid down their arms, there would be peace. If Israel laid down their arms, they would murdered.” Of course, this is an utter propaganda lie. The vast majority of Palestinians support ceasefire. Israeli actions in Gaza are nothing short of the systematic elimination of an ethnicity. It’s genocide. It’s a slow, drawn out, painful form of genocide. At least the Nazis attempted to be efficient at imprisoning people and murdering them.

Continue reading at http://www.mintpressnews.com/along-watchtower-inside-gaza-blockade/200499/

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Israel-Palestine responses by Carl Strock

In response to Gregg M. Mashberg’s letter, in which he contends ‘there is no Israeli ideology, policy or plan to persecute, expel or exterminate the Palestinian population,’ I submit there is indeed such an ideology. It’s called Zionism, the doctrine that Jews anywhere in the world have the right to occupy historic Palestine and establish there a Jewish-supremacist state at the expense of the local people, who, over the years they have indeed persecuted, expelled and on more than one occasion massacred, which is how Israel came into being. That the effort has not attained the horrific dimensions of the Nazi genocide of World War II does not mean that it’s essentially different.

Continue reading at http://blog.timesunion.com/carlstrock/israel-palestine-responses/623/

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Reverend right to speak out on treatment of Palestinians by George Konrad DeBlois

I am George deBlois. I am 14 years old, and even at this age I feel I must address a topic I found in The Gazette about a boycott of Israeli products as a protest to Israeli policies… We promised after the war never to forget the Holocaust, and pledged to never again allow the horror of genocide sweep the world. We swore to always remember, and to never, ever forget what humanity is capable of doing to one another, as shown in the terrible genocide in World War II. But we have forgotten…

Many people have refused to speak out against Israel’s barbarity, either by choice or out of fear. But when Reverend Alan D. Kinney of the United Methodist Church voiced his disdain for the Israeli genocide in Palestine and his intent to boycott Israeli products, there was a voice in our community trying to make a difference, trying to honor the memory of the Holocaust and millions of victims by ensuring that this genocide finally be addressed. I am proud of Rev. Kinney for voicing his opinion and taking action against Israel’s brutal slaughter of the Palestinians in Gaza.

Continue reading at http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2014/dec/03/1203_guestdeblois/

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