Monday, February 02, 2009

Using the Holocaust to Attack the Jews

Walter Reich
Sunday, February 1, 2009; Page B02

Dozens of cities held ceremonies last week to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The good news is that the dead were remembered. The bad news is that even as the Holocaust is becoming a fixture in the world's memory, it is also being increasingly used as a weapon against the Jews and the Jewish state. For some, ironically, the acknowledgment of the Holocaust's reality has become a screen behind which anti-Semitism has gathered new force. The hard-core Jew-haters spent decades denying that the best-documented genocide in world history ever took place. That won them such derision that even many anti-Semites have begun to admit the reality of the Holocaust -- and now are hoping that simply by doing so, they can immunize themselves from the charge that they're anti-Semites in the first place. How can you be an anti-Semite, they figure, if you recognize the Holocaust?

But as some people who don't like Jews have found, it's worth acknowledging the Holocaust if you can then turn it into a cudgel against the Jews. And that they've done, in spades. According to this crowd, the Jews today have become Nazis. The Jewish state is now supposedly carrying out a Holocaust against the Palestinians. Jews, the haters say, have always been evil, and their evil is only growing.

Of course, not all criticisms of Israel are the product of such bigoted logic. People of good will around the world are naturally shocked by the tragic and appalling deaths of Palestinian civilians, including those killed in the recent war in the Gaza Strip. Like any country, Israel can be criticized. But the massive and unceasing eruptions of outrage against the Jewish state -- in a world in which other countries and groups have, often provoking barely any outrage, engaged in immensely more destructive and immoral behavior -- can only be explained in a few ways. One is that attacking Israel has become a means of attacking Israel's ally, the United States. Another is that over-the-top attacks on Israel, particularly those invoking Holocaust language, have become a means of once again attacking the Jews.

The Anti-Defamation League has documented the way this weapon was used during the recent war with Hamas. Here are a few of the placards spotted at rallies: In Times Square, the group reported such signs as, "Israel: The Fourth Reich," "Stop Israel's Holocaust," "Holocaust by Holocaust Survivors," "Stop the Nazi Genocide in Gaza" and "Nazi Genocide, Israeli Genocide." In Chicago: "Palestinian Holocaust in Gaza Now." In a Los Angeles demonstration, the Star of David in an Israeli flag was said to have been replaced by a swastika, accompanied by the words, "Upgrade to Holocaust Version 2.0." In San Diego: "Stop the Israeli Holocaust on Gaza." And the league reported that one rally in Washington included an effigy of the Israeli prime minister wearing a swastika armband and holding a dead baby.

The Gaza war provoked similar attacks from some world leaders and people of influence. "The Holocaust, that is what is happening right now in Gaza," Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said in televised comments, according to Reuters. The New York Times quoted a Catholic cardinal who argued that Gaza increasingly "resembled a big concentration camp." And according to the Jerusalem Post, a Norwegian diplomat based in Saudi Arabia sent out an e-mail from her Foreign Ministry account in which she wrote, "The grandchildren of Holocaust survivors from World War II are doing to the Palestinians exactly what was done to them by Nazi Germany." She reportedly also attached paired photos designed to suggest that Gaza was equivalent to the Holocaust: Next to the iconic photo of the Jewish child in the Warsaw Ghetto being menaced by a rifle-toting Nazi soldier, the diplomat is said to have placed an "image of an Israeli soldier aiming his weapon at a Palestinian boy."

Are all those who have accused Israel of being a Nazi state anti-Semites? Hardly. There's genuine anger in the Muslim world, as well as in Europe and elsewhere, about Israel's actions in Gaza. The suffering is terrible. So are the images of devastation Israel left behind. And there are also plenty of people who are angry at Israel because it stands for the reviled United States.

But the reality is that much of the vitriol directed at Israel has indeed been spouted by anti-Semites. Not only have they hurled the Nazi canard at Israel, they've expressed clear anti-Semitism -- some of it openly violent or even eliminationist. The pro-Israel but reliable Middle East Media and Research Institute has been documenting anti-Semitism on Palestinian television for years, including calls for the murder of Jews. It reports that, the day before International Holocaust Remembrance Day, one Egyptian cleric admitted on an Islamist TV channel that the Holocaust had happened -- and added that he hoped that one day Muslims would do to the Jews what the Germans had done to them. To demonstrate what he had in mind, according to the institute, he showed footage of heaps of Jewish corpses being bulldozed into pits.

In designating an International Holocaust Remembrance Day back in 2005, the U.N. General Assembly acted with noble intentions, even if parts of the world body still aim to delegitimize Israel. Such commemorations help the world understand that the goal of the Holocaust was the annihilation of an entire people -- and help them appreciate the vast differences between that event and, for example, the war in Gaza. But even as the Holocaust has been increasingly acknowledged and explained, it also has been increasingly used as a cudgel to beat Jews and the Jewish state.

Walter Reich, a professor of international affairs at George Washington University, is a former director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Come on. Anti-semitic? Arabs are Semites.

Arabs are descendants of Ishmaelite, son of Abraham and Sarah. Israelites are descendants of Isaac (Ishaaq), son of Abraham and Hagar (Hajar). Arabs and Israelites are brothers.

"O Children of Israel! Call to mind My favour which I bestowed on you and that I preferred you to all others (for my Message) (Qur'an Baqara 2:47)

Now don't confuse Israelites (Children of Israel in Bible, Torah and Quran) with Jews.

Google yourself for the definition of Ashkenazi (European/South Russian) Jews (what makes a Jew, a Jew). You will realize that their definition of what a Jew should be is far different from the definition that the Israelites, contemporary Orthodox Jews and Anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews impose upon themselves.

M Asad who translated the Holy Quran into English was a Jew. Even though he converted to Muslims, according to Ashkenazi's law (which do not abide to the Halakha, the 'Shari'ah' of Judaism at the conservative and Orthodox Oriental/African Jews) he supposed to be a Jew. Now, we must ask ourselves, is Judaism a race or a way of life?

Some of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)'s faithful companion were Jews before they convert to Islam. It is not the Jewishness of the blood that matters according to Islamic principles, in admonishing the transgressions of the Children of Israel (warnings against the Jews as widely found in the New Testament and the Quran).

It is the racial superiority that is being challenged by God in those holy texts. The Israelites were under the illusion that since they are the Chosen People of God, they are much superior than the rest and somehow give them a blank cheque to disobey the commandments sent by God through Torah.

"Indignity is put over them wherever they may be, except when under a covenant (of protection) from Allah, and from men; they have drawn on themselves the Wrath of Allah, and destruction is put over them. This is because they disbelieved in the Ayats (evidences) of Allah and killed the Prophets without right. This is because they disobeyed (Allah) and used to transgress beyond bounds (in Allah's disobedience, crimes and sins)" (Qur'an Al-Imran 3:112)

According to the Quran (has some degree of linearity with stories in the Bible)

Abraham married with Sarah and failed to got any child, so he married a second wife, Hagar (African lineage) who gave birth to Ishmael. Hagar and Ishamel were sent to Arabian peninsula because of Sarah's jealousy, and start a community there in the city of Makkah (and thus is the tradition of Hajj).

Sarah gave birth to Isaac (Ishaaq). From Isaac came Jacob (Ya'qub/Yaakub). Tradition from the Arabian sources say Jacob was a night traveler and thus the nick name ISRAA'IYLL (Isra' = night in Arabic). To certain Jewish sources, Jacob is Yisroel (Israel) = YIS (slave) - of - ROEL (God)... yis-roel, the same way Abd-Allah/Abdullah (slave of God in Arabic). Among the twelve sons of Jacob, Joseph (Yusuuf) was the most beloved son and thus the rest of the 10 brothers (save Benjamin (Bunyameen), who was Joseph's favorite brother) conspired to kill him (instead he was dumped into a well, taken as slave by merchants, sold to the aristocrat's wife, rose to be the Ruler of Egypt). Cut the story short... in the land of impoverished, famine-struck Kana'an (nowadays occupied territory of Palestine) Jacob sent his sons to meet the Ruler of Egypt for food (and refusing Benjamin to be brought along, which reminded him to his terrible loss of Joseph) and thus the family was reunited once again... they all reside in the land of Egypt ruled by Joseph. Tadaaaa

First proof: The first generation of the Israelite establish themselves in Egypt, NOT current-day Palestine.

The Children of Jacob (Israel) breeds in Egypt, and somehow after generations of rulers (Pharaohs), one Pharoah acknowledged himself as God and established great cruelty in having the Children of Israel as slaves of Egypt (majority Qiftii race). God sent down Moses to guide these Children of Israel to free themselves, 1) from taking other deities as God 2) from the clutches of the evil Pharoah. Dadadadada fast forward, Pharoah got swallowed by the Red Sea, and the Children of Israel made it to Sinai peninsula.

God commanded them to go to Palestine and establish jihad (struggle) against those who worship other than God in order to establish a kingdom of God in the face of the earth but they refused. Moses conveyed the order of God to them to enter and take over Canaan (Ex 34:11-16) but Bani Israel refused to obey him (Deut 9:21-24, Num 11:1-6, Num 14:1-4) and Moses complained to God (Num 11:12-15). Naturally, God's anger fell upon Bani Israel (Num 12:9-10, Num 14:10-34). *these are sources from the Bible*

They were made to wander in vast land of Sinai, searching and hoping for the next Messiah (Prophet) to guide them. Years and ages later, came the Messengerhood of Solomon and David, the rulers of the land of the Israelite in the present Palestine, but it only last a few hundred years.

Second proof: From the beginning of time until 1948 The Children of Israel were able to rule Palestine for a total of only about 382 years out of the entire lifespan of 32 centuries of Bani Israel (Jewish) existence, even that in broken periods.

Muslims honor the past rulers of the Israelites (David (Dawuud) and Solomon (Sulayman)) because according to the Quran they were among the most righteous. After Prophet Solomon (pbuh), came Zachariah, John and Jesus (all Prophets in Islam) from the Children of Israel, but the people were so corrupt that they manage to murder the first two (or all three, according to Christianity). And so their covenant with God was broken eternally. The final Messenger of God, from the Islamic worldview, is from the Ishmaelite (not from Isaac lineage), and thus this caused hatred from most of the Children of Israel since to them Prophethood is not qualified to be from the other race.

But some of the Children of Israel embraced Islam, and profess affinity to Muslim brotherhood from all over the world, be it black Africans, dark skinned Indians, yellow skinned Chinese, white skinned Kurds/Turks ... and the 'Jewishness' dissipated (but again, not according to the Ashkenazi Jews' definition of Jewishness). Other Jews who did not accept the Final Prophet to be from the Arabs, continue to wait for the next Messiah.

That is why currently there ARE Jews against Zionism (i.e. Naturei Karta) who believe they should wait until the next Messiah came (to Islam, Prophet Muhammad pbuh is the Seal of all God's Messengers).

And there are Jews, mostly Ashkenazi Jews, with strong paranoia that they are the chosen one by God above the rest, and prosecutions after prosecutions by the Europeans, they adopt the belief of Zionism, that is the re-establishment of the Kingdom of David and Solomon, in the land of Palestine where Muslims, whose covenants with God are sealed, inhabit since the conquest of Islam.

Muslims have been inhabiting Jerusalem and its vicinity since the very very early years of Islam. Some of them were descendants of the Israelite but they choose to be universally affiliated as Muslims and they choose to believe in the Messengerhood of Muhammad (pbuh) who is a non-Jew. Jews were allowed to enter Jerusalem again by the second caliph of Islam, Umar ibn al-Khattab in 638 CE. They began to trickle into Palestine and lived happily as a respected and protected minority under the Muslims until 1930s when they began terrorism to drive the Palestinians out of their homes and properties

Third proof:
The present day Jews still inherit the crude transgressive behavior chided by God in the Quran. Not because of their genes, but because they choose to deny what originally came to them. The Muslims in the land of Palestine treated them nicely (despite them not wanting to believe in what the Muslims believe) and the Anglo-Saxons treated them badly (nearly exterminated by the Nazis)...

But now, then with the help of Anglo-Saxon nations (Europeans and Americans) who once put all sorts of discrimination to them, most of the present day Jews, notably Ashkenazi Jews, use their self-created divine logic to 'steal' the covenant that God gave to the Muslims over the land of Al-Aqsa (Jerusalem) simply because they believe they are the chosen ones.


Muhammad Asad (his original name was Leopold Weiss, Austrian-Polish by nationality), a convert to Islam from Judaism, wrote in his Message of the Quran, Translation and Commentary, commenting on this verse: "This passage, read in conjunction with the two preceding verses, refutes the contention of the children of Israel (modern day Jews) that by virtue of their descent from Abraham, whom God made 'a leader of men', they are 'God's chosen people'. The Qur'an makes it clear that the exalted status of Abraham was not something that would automatically confer a comparable status on his physical descendants, and certainly not on the sinners among them."

1. In the light of the Bible and the Qur'an, God's covenant would not extend to the sinners and transgressors from Abraham's progeny.

2. In the light of the Bible, the Jews have proven themselves to be sinners and transgressors making them unworthy of inheriting God's covenant with Abraham.

3. God made an independent covenant with Ishmael to make him a great nation.

4. The political history of Palestine shows that Bani Israel ruled the land for less than 400 years whereas Ishmaelites ruled it for 1280 years of the 3200 years of the existence of Bani Israel. Ishmaelites got control over Palestine within 28 years of the rise of Islam whereas Bani Israel got power over it more than five centuries after the birth of the tribes of Bani Israel. It shows that God's choice to pass on the inheritance of Abraham was for the people of his faith more than his descendants. Ishmaelites fit both criteria under Islam.

5. Making Abraham's name great or making him a great nation may have several meanings. Six criteria have been studied under this heading and found that only Arabs (Ishmaelites) and Muslims fulfill the criteria whereas the Bani Israel are left behind and lost in the dust.

Well if all those words above seems too academic, just read this ayah from the Quran:

"Recall when Abraham's Lord tested him in certain matters and when he successfully stood the test He (God) said: 'Indeed I am going to appoint you a leader of humankind.' When Abraham asked: 'And is this covenant also for my descendants?' the Lord responded: 'My covenant does not embrace the evil doing transgressors.'" 2:124

God does not look at the one with 'sacred' blood. He looks at piety and God-fearingness. We can't choose to be Jew(in blood), Chinese, Arabs, Indians, Malays... but we can choose either to please God or invite His wrath.

God of Bani Israel made them the most honored people, and after that, the most despised people and kept them alive as a lesson to mankind. This is the fate of Jews collectively but among them there are numerous good, decent, justice and peace loving people.

Muslims do not hold anything against the Jews; in fact, Muslims have been their best friends and protectors from 638 until the 1930s. However, Muslims are against the Zionist movement that exiled the natives of Palestine from their ancestral home, robbed them of their properties, killed them by the hundreds of thousands; murder and plunder of Palestinians by the hands of Jews using American money and armaments continues to date.