Tony Greenstein | 08 November 2023 | Post Views:

Israelis May Fool Themselves Into Thinking They are Fighting Nazis But What They Are Really Fighting is the Victims of Today’s Nazis

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Nothing was more obscene than the declaration of Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s London Ambassador, that ‘we are fighting the Nazis’. She declared that 600,000 Germans died when Britain bombed Dresden and Hamburg implying that Israel would commit a similar atrocity.

It clearly escaped Hotovely’s notice that bombing civilians was a Nazi speciality starting with the bombing of Guernica in Spain in 1937. Although she didn’t realise it what she was in effect saying was that the Nazis were the victims in WW2.

Rabbi Dov Lior, an out and out fascist, along with 80 other rabbis urge the bombing of Gaza’s main hospital Al Shifa

Hotoveli is a racist religious nut who when Chair of the Knesset Women’s Committee invited the fascist, anti-miscegenation group Lehava to speak to the Knesset, explaining, “It is important to me to check systems to prevent mixed marriages, and Lehava are the most suitable for this.” Lehava’s methods mainly involve attacking Arab men who are thought to be after Jewish women.

Hotovely is not the only genocider. When Yoav Gallant, Israel’s War Minister, announced the beginning of Israel’s genocidal bombing, with its food, water and fuel blockade, he declared that “We are fighting human animals and we are acting accordingly.”

Hitler was also fond of talking about human animals. In Mein Kampf he described Jews as ‘human cattle’. Heinrich Himmler, who was in charge of the SS and the implementation the Final Solution, declared in a speech in Poznań on 4 October 1943, that the Nazis were ‘the only people in the world’ to have taken a ‘decent attitude’ toward animals. They would be equally decent towards ‘human animals’. This was recorded and played at the Nuremberg trials. This can be found on p.131 of Dawidowicz, A Holocaust Reader.

What we are seeing is Israel’s inversion of the holocaust whereby Israel is the victim and the Palestinians are the Nazis. Israel has long claimed to represent the memory of the Jewish holocaust victims despite the fact that during the holocaust the Zionist movement was indifferent to the fate of Europe’s Jews.

Destruction in Gaza

By identifying itself with Europe’s dead Jews Israel, even as it subjugates and ethnically cleanses the Palestinians, imagines that it is the victim. Not only Israel. The German state, despite its own post-war record of reintegrating Nazis into top positions, has adopted the claim that Israel is the successor to those that it murdered.

There is nothing unusual in this. The American settlers believed they were the victim of the Indians and South Africa Whites similarly believed they were victims, a victimhood nournished by their experience in British concentration camps in the Boer War.

As Yehuda Elkana pointed out, when a false memory of the past participates in the political process, democracy itself is endangered. The weaponisation of the Holocaust has led to the marginalisation and dispossession of the Palestinians. It has made the oppressor into the oppressed.

The BBC in particular has ignored Palestinian child deaths in favour of White Israeli Children despite the disparity in numbers of those killed

Elkana, a child survivor of Auschwitz and former President and rector of the Central European University in Budapest, (before Israel’s friend, the anti-Semitic Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban forced it out as part of his campaign against George Soros) wrote a profound article The Need to Forget in Ha’aretz on 2 March 1988. Elkana argued that what happened in Germany could happen anywhere, and to any people, describing how the ‘majority of Israelis are consumed by a profound hatred of the Arabs’. Elkana described:

a profound existential Angst fed by a particular interpretation of the lessons of the holocaust … that we are the eternal victim. In this ancient belief… I see the tragic and paradoxical victory of Hitler. Two nations, metaphorically speaking, emerged from the ashes of Auschwitz: a minority who assert, this must never happen again, and a frightened and haunted majority who assert, this must never happen to us again.

Today we are seeing this angst play out in Israel. To most people the idea that Gaza’s refugees, ethnically cleansed by Israel once already, are the Nazis and their killers are anti-fascists would seem absurd yet  Zionists, so consumed as they are by their own righteous arrogance sincerely believe they are the victim.

When I described  Israel as Hitler’s Bastard Offspring four years ago the Zionists went crazy but that is exactly what has happened. Israel has imbibed the values of Hitler’s Germany but inverted them. Now they are the herrenvolk and the Palestinians are the untermenschen.

It is no wonder that people like neo-Nazis like Tommy Robinson and Richard Spencer find so much in common with the Israeli ethno-nationalist state. Israel is their ideal state.

Israeli Doctors for Genocide

Palestinian doctors in Gaza in a message to Israeli doctors:

When I put a petition up asking members of Unite to sign calling for the union to support an immediate ceasefire Doctors in Unite were particularly well represented. Yet in Israel the exact opposite is the case. Doctors are war mongers and genociders.

Blood on an ambulance that Israel bombed – Israeli doctors would have approved

Over 90 Israeli doctors calling themselves “Doctors for the Rights of IDF Soldiers” urged the bombing of any and every hospital in Gaza. They argued that due to suspicion of “terrorist activity,” the hospitals are “a legitimate target for annihilation.” They claim that “ambulances that are evacuating patients to the south in order to be treated elsewhere are at their disposal.

What kind of doctor you might ask urges that hospitals of a people without an airforce or capability of striking back be bombed? Even if Hamas militants were in the ambulances it is still a war crime to bomb them. These Israeli doctors are not one jot different from the SS doctors who presided over the selection of who should live and who should die at Auschwitz, such as Dr Mengele. See Israeli doctors urge the bombing of Gaza hospitals

But the chief war criminal in Israel is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In a speech on 28 October he declared that the enemy that Israel was fighting was Amalek, the mythical tribe that attacked the Israelites as they made their way from Egypt to the Sinai desert.

Netanyahu Evokes Amalek

Netanyahu read his Letter to Soldiers and Commanders exorting his listners to understand that

The current fight against the murderers of ‘Hamas’ is another chapter in the generations-long story of our national resilience.

‘Remember what Amalek did to you.’

We will always remember the horrific scenes of the massacre on Shabbat Simchat Torah, 7 October 2023. We see our murdered brothers and sisters, the wounded, the hostages, and the fallen of the IDF and the security services.

In their name and on their behalf, we have gone to war, the purpose of which is to destroy the brutal and murderous Hamas-ISIS enemy, bring back our hostages and restore the security to our country, our citizens and our children.

In the first Book of Samuel God commands King Saul in the to kill every person in Amalek. The prophet Samuel tells Saul to

‘attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’ (Deuteronomy 25:17, Book of Samuel I  15:2).

It has been the standard interpretation of Amalek by those in Israel who advocate the extermination of the Palestinians to equate the Palestinians with Amalek. Now Netanyahu has just confirmed that.

Dr MengeleAmalek,Craig Mokhiber, Director of the New York Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, in his letter of resignation stripped away any pretence that what was happening in Gaza was not genocide when he wrote to Volker Turk, the High Commissioner for Human Rights about what is happening in Gaza that:

This is a text-book case of genocide. The European, ethno-nationalist, settler colonial project in Palestine has entered its final phase, toward the expedited destruction of the last remnants of indigenous Palestinian life in Palestine. What’s more, the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, and much of Europe, are wholly complicit in the horrific assault. Not only are these governments refusing to meet their treaty obligations “to ensure respect” for the Geneva Conventions, but they are in fact actively arming the assault, providing economic and intelligence support, and giving political and diplomatic cover for Israel’s atrocities.

But amid the death and destruction and the murder of 5,000+ children in Gaza we should take hope that Israel is, despite the best efforts of groups like the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, who, alongside Britain’s racist Home Secretary Cruella Braverman, are becoming hysterical in their desperation to prevent the massive demonstrations each Saturday against genocide in Gaza.

They say they are concerned that Jews in London will feel afraid to come into London! Well given the thousands of Jews who took part in the half million march on October 28th it is clear that anti-racist Jews have no problem joining in. There has been no hostility whatsoever to Jews marching alongside their Muslim brothers and sisters.

Of course racist Jews and non-Jews may not wish to encounter an anti-racist demonstration but it’s not because their physical safety is at risk but because the sight of Jews and non-Jews marching side by side is an alien sight to those who believe that humanity is divided into competing races. The kind of ideas that Cruella Braverman believes in with her repetitive use of the anti-Semitic term ‘cultural Marxism.’

New York’s Grand Central Station was completely taken over by thousands of Jewish human rights defenders standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people and demanding an end to Israeli tyranny. In doing so, they stripped away in an instant the Israeli hasbara propaganda point (and antisemitic trope) that Israel somehow represents the Jewish people. It does not. See Israeli War on Gaza Sparks ‘Largest Mass Mobilization of Jews in American History’

Israel is solely responsible for its crimes. It bears repeating, in spite of Israel lobby smears to the contrary, that criticism of Israel’s human rights violations is not antisemitic, any more than criticism of Saudi violations is Islamophobic, criticism of Myanmar violations is anti-Buddhist, or criticism of Indian violations is anti-Hindu.

In an article, Israel’s Settlement Enterprise Celebrates a Great Victory, Israeli journalist Amira Hass describes the reign of terror in the West Bank as the settlers, under the racist Gauleiter of the West Bank, Bezalel Smotrich, seek to ‘cleanse’ Area C of Palestinians. In much the same way the Nazis sought to ‘cleanse’ the Warthegau, the annexed part of Poland of Jews and Poles.

That is why I compare Israel to Nazi Germany. Not only their goals but even their methods bear comparison. Never has it been clearer as to what Zionism is about. Yet the leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer, is determined to stay in lockstep with the United States in  his fulsome backing of Israel’s genocide in real time.

This has resulted in 330 councillors writing to Starmer demanding that he call for an immediate ceasefire. According to Starmer, if Israel stops its bombing that might lead to more violence whereas continued bombing of hospitals, schools, ambulances and homes is the way to peace. 250 Muslim councillors have also written to Labour’s toxic leader demanding that he change his position.

Meanwhile in Israel itself there has been a wave of intimidation against Israel’s Palestinian citizens who are considered a fifth column.  Samah Salaime wrote in +972 Magazine that

Last Saturday evening, the scenario that every Palestinian citizen of Israel has spent the past three weeks fearing began to materialize: a mob of hundreds of belligerent Jewish Israelis attempted to break into the dormitories at Netanya Academic College, where some 50 Arab students were trapped inside, fearing for their lives. For a while, the Israeli police did not intervene as the mob shouted “Death to Arabs” and “Go back to Gaza,” and tried to force their way in. Eventually, the students were rescued with the help of volunteers and under police protection. 

In the wake of these scenes, I am confident that every Arab mother who, like me, has a child studying in Israeli academic institutions, will be having trouble sleeping at night out of fear that her son or daughter will be the victim of a lynching. 

Ha’aretz described how

Videos of the riot showed the angry crowd storming the campus, waving Israeli flags, chanting “Death to Arabs” and attempting to break down the gates. The rioting crowd even attempted to break in and remove them forcibly.

There has been a wave of incitement against Israel’s Palestinian citizens yet not one Israeli Jew has been detained. Social media has been swamped with anti-Arab rhetoric and hate yet all those arrested have been Arabs such as Abd Elhadi. Best known for her role in the 2013 film “World War Z,” as well as several Israeli TV shows, the actor was detained after sharing images on Instagram of Yaffa Adar, 85, being taken hostage by Hamas, along with laughing emojis.

Abd Elhadi shared an image of Hamas forces breaching Israel’s security border, with a caption reading “Let’s go, Berlin style,” in an apparent reference to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. It is of course understandable that after all the propaganda about the invincibility of Israel’s finest and the humiliations they have had to suffer that Israel’s Palestinian citizens should have felt elation at how easily Hamas fighters breached the security fence surrounding Gaza.

Adar’s remarks immediately prompted the Interior minister to ask if actor could be stripped of her citizenship for allegedly cheering Hamas assault. There is no instance of an Israeli being stripped of their citizenship, no matter now outrageous their racism. Imagine if those chanting ‘death to the Arabs’ were to lose their citizenship. There would be barely anyone left in Israel today. They’d have to start with the Police Minister Itamar Ben Gvir. See  Palestinian actress Maisa Abd Elhadi charged by Israel over Gaza post. The Israeli police have also threatened to expel any Palestinian Israeli who shows solidarity with the Palestinian Uprising of October 7  to Gaza.

Amira Hass refers to the Hamas attack being a pogrom. It wasn’t. It was the breakout from an open air prison of people who had suffered from a 17 year siege. We still don’t know the full story of what happened on 7 October. Undoubtedly there were atrocities committed by Hamas, in particular the firing on unarmed young people at the rave. But it is also clear that the Israeli military deliberately killed Israelis in order to prevent them being taken captive.

Given the alternative of swapping the 5,000 Palestinian hostages in Israel’s prisons or murdering their own citizens, the army preferred the latter option. It’s called the Hannibal Directive in which, faced with the possibility of an Israeli being taken hostage, the military should simply kill them and anything else in the vicinity.

Watch the video about 7 October YouTube would rather you didn’t see

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