Against Holocaust Denial

Photo source Ben Tilley | CC BY 2.0

Recently I read an “anti-Zionist” Internet rant posted by a person who questioned the historical accuracy of the well-known and heavily documented fact that many millions of Jewish people were genocidally murdered by the German Nazi Third Reich.

The rant-maker was on solid empirical and moral ground in denouncing the despicable behavior of the United States-backed Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) towards Palestinian people in the Israeli-Occupied Territories and particularly in Gaza. Israel’s abuse of the Palestinians – recently including the open sniper-slaughter of unarmed protesters on Israel-Gaza border – is one of the most egregious human rights atrocities of our time.  It’s hard to fathom the murderous immorality of how Israel molests the people trapped in the open-air prison that is Gaza and how Israel mistreats the Palestinians more broadly.

But the anti-Israel Internet poster made a critical mistake by combining his moral outrage at Israel’s sickening offences against the Palestinians with denial of the Nazis’ghastly campaign to eradicate European Jewry. The two crimes are intimately bound up and inseparably linked with each other. Israel’s leaders and defenders have made little effort to hide their belief that “the Jewish state” is entitled by the Nazi experience to do whatever Israel believes it must to make sure it Never Happens Again.  If Israel thinks that means brutally uprooting, displacing,…

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