Tony Greenstein | 30 November 2017 | Post Views:

In Britain you get the normal effete, polite Zionist who maintains that they
are suffering from the ‘burden’ of anti-Semitism, which is all around them,
especially when Palestine is on the agenda. 
One of their ‘tropes’ (their favourite word) is the argument that it is ‘anti-Semitic’
to compare Zionism and Nazism or the Holocaust.

Why?  Because only they are
allowed to guilt trip people into supporting Israel by resorting to such
comparisons.  The Holocaust is reserved
for the Zionists even though, during the Holocaust themselves, the biggest holocaust
deniers were – yes that’s right – the Zionist movement which refused to accept
it was  reality even though, at the same
time, they pleaded to the British government that if they were defeated at El
Alamein in the winter of 1942 then the Jews of Palestine faced extermination. 

Zionism wrote off the Jews of Eastern Europe because
their main concern was the negotiations to achieve a Jewish state after the war
and the dead of the Holocaust would politically be immensely helpful in that task.  This isn’t conjecture but can easily be found
for example in the official biography of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben
Gurion, (The Burning Ground – 1886-1948, Shabtai Teveth).
we see that a dispute between the Orthodox Jews and the representative of the Israeli
state in the form of its President Reuven Rivlin results in graffiti appearing
that called him a Nazi.

Brak graffiti dubbing Israeli President a ‘Nazi’ sparks outcry

Netanyahu condemns anti-Rivlin vandalism; incident
appears tied to president’s visit to ultra-Orthodox school 2 months ago
The Times of
President Reuven Rivlin seen at the Talmud Torah Boston school in Bnei Brak during the opening of the new academic school year. August 23, 2017. (Mark Neyman/GPO)
Graffiti branding President Reuven Rivlin a “Nazi” was sprayed in the
central city of Bnei Brak, in an apparent protest of his visit to an
ultra-Orthodox elementary school there at the beginning of the school year two
months ago.
A Hebrew slogan daubed on the walls of the school in the ultra-Orthodox
city read, “Rivlin is a Nazi apostate.” Another seemingly referred to Rivlin’s
visit to the school.
Police opened an investigation into the incident. In a statement, police
said they received a complaint about the vandalism on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the graffiti, saying in a
statement on Wednesday, “these kind of slogans deserve every condemnation and
have no place in the public discourse in Israel.”
According to the ultra-Orthodox Kikar Hashabat website, the vandalism
was protesting Rivlin’s visit to the Boston Talmud Torah, an ultra-Orthodox
institute. Many in the Haredi community reject the secular State of Israel and
its officialdom, making Rivlin’s visit in late August, which took place without
incident, unusual.
Lawmakers were quick to claim the graffiti was prompted by the sharp
responses from some right-wing officials over a speech Rivlin gave Monday. At
the opening of the Knesset winter session, the president
roundly criticized politicians
for undermining the justice system in their efforts
to limit the power of the Supreme Court.
Rivlin’s speech drew criticism from some Knesset members, including
Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev (Likud) who denounced the president’s
derogatory” address as “undemocratic.”
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein responded to the graffiti on Wednesday,
tweeting “I strongly condemn the attack on the president.”
Graffiti on a wall in Bnei Brak criticizing President Reuven Rivlin that reads ‘Rivlin is a Nazi apostate,’ October 25, 2017.
“The rotten discourse is deteriorating and may lead to injury,” he
wrote. “Everyone must condemn such acts and act against incitement with a firm
and merciless hand.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely tweeted that she is “shocked by
the hateful slogan against President Rivlin and condemn those who wrote it. We
must uproot those among us who incite to harm elected officials, from right and
Opposition Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid accused Rivlin’s critics of
motivating the vandalism — an apparent reference to Regev, who had continued
her criticism in a Tuesday radio interview.
“To all those who incited against the president yesterday and were
‘shocked’ today by the hateful slogans against him,”
Lapid wrote. “What did you
think would happen?”

Zionist Union lawmaker MK Tzipi Livni echoed Lapid in attributing the
blame to those who spoke out against the president.
“The graffiti against the president was written in the ink of the
furious and inciting speeches against him
,” she tweeted. “Enough with that!”
Opposition leader Zionist Union MK Isaac Herzog speaks during the special plenary session opening the winter session of the Knesset, in Jerusalem, October 23, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
 Opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog hinted that Netanyahu was responsible,
after the premier labeled the opposition and media “sourpusses” (literally,
“pickles”) in a Monday speech.
“Here it comes — two days ago I said that we would soon be calling
President Rivlin a traitor,”
Herzog said. “We started with pickles and very
quickly we came to Nazi apostates.”

The President’s Residence asked security services to look into
threatening responses made on social media after Rivlin gave his speech,
Channel 2 reported.
Speaking at the opening of the Knesset winter session on Monday, Rivlin
launched a passionate defense of the judicial system and the media, saying
government attempts to undermine them amount to a “coup” against the pillars of
Israeli democracy.
“The Knesset is the representative of the sovereign, the people of
Israel, the entire people of Israel. In this house we must remember that it is
the people we must live up to. This wonderful people whom we have been
privileged to serve and represent,”
Rivlin told Knesset members and guests at
the ceremony.
Education and Culture Minister Miri Regev, right, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the special plenary session opening the winter session of the Knesset, in Jerusalem, October 23, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Rivlin accused political leaders of weakening state institutions by
attacking them for narrow political gain.
“From the ‘political’ professional bureaucracy to the ‘political’ state
comptroller, the ‘political’ Supreme Court ‘politicians,’ the ‘political’
security forces, and even the IDF, our Israel Defense Forces are ‘political’;
the whole country and its institutions – politics,”
he said.
Rivlin, a former Likud lawmaker, was criticized by party members for his
“He hasn’t been on our side for a while,” MK David Bitan told reporters
in the halls of the Knesset.
Regev also slammed Rivlin, branding him a “president who belittles
politicians, belittles the will of the people and damages the heart of
,” she said.
Ahead of the winter sitting, several coalition lawmakers have vowed to
advance a constitutional Basic Law to rein in the Supreme Court, accusing the
justices of overstepping their mandate in rejecting Knesset legislation in a
series of recent rulings.
Speaking at the weekly faction meeting of his Jewish Home party, flanked
by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Education Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday
accused the Supreme Court, which doubles as the constitutional High Court of
Justice, of “forgetting” its role and placing the judiciary above the
legislative branch.

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