Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Electric Intifada: More than one way to exploit the Holocaust story

In a column published by the Electronic Intifada titled “Liberate All Ghettos” we are told:

“The action that we recently undertook on the terrain of the old Warsaw Ghetto -- to spray the words ‘Liberate all ghettos’ in Hebrew and ‘Free Gaza and Palestine’ in English -- has been used by some commentators in Israel and the Jewish community in Poland to accuse us of anti-Semitism.

“Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, called the action ‘a provocation that perverts the history both of the Holocaust and of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,"’ and the graffiti as ‘tainted with anti-Semitism.

“Noah Flug, Chairman of the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors, said ‘Those who compare the Warsaw Ghetto to the Gaza Strip are in the same category as Holocaust deniers.’

“Dr. Leah Nass, Israel's Deputy Minister for Pensioner Affairs, called the action a ‘vile act’ which ‘demonstrates how imperative commemoration is these days, in order to prevent Holocaust denial.’ He added that he planned "\’to contact the authorities in Poland to prosecute the law-breakers and anarchists.’

“Piotr Kadlik, Chairman of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, also said, ‘The perpetrators of this hooliganistic escapade should be punished as ordinary vandals. Where will Jasiewicz leave her signings next? In Treblinka?’”

Here is where our favorite irony comes in.

The reader is told the obvious by the Electronic Intifada: “History as we well know can be co-opted and sanctified and instrumentalized to serve present-day agendas of colonization and repression.”

Then the reader is assured: “This wall cannot be compared to the memorial sites that are Treblinka and the other extermination camps in Poland.”

The “exterminations” did happen then. The Electronic Intifada says as much. If the exterminations happened, they were carried out by a (necessarily) monstrous people in homicidal gas chambers. The Electronic Intifada itself is co-opting history in its own way, by distancing itself from “monstrous” Germans, to morally justify its own campaign against Israeli Jews.

Whatever works in the moment.

1 comment:

Ton Nuiten said...

Regarded the holocaust, I believe that ther were gas chambers. But they were not used to kill Jews. THey were used to desinfect clothes of prisoners with it. So, no single Jew was gassed.

About the holocaust, we have seen by now, many movies, documentarys, read numerous books etc. But there is one holocaust of wich I personally, yet read just a few books. It is the so-called "Communist holocaust" wich happened during communist rule in Russia. Aleksander Solzhenitzyn assumes that the number of victims is about 66.000.000. And do you know what is so fascinating about it? The Russian Revolution with wich it all commenced, was funded and engineered by Jewish banks from America and Europe, as for example the Rothschild banking dynasty, the Warburgs etc. Lenin's and Stalin's willing executioners were Jews. Unlike of the assumed "death camps" of Adolph Hitler (whereof we have seen by now, many movies as I already said), the day must still be born that we will see just one true movie or good TV-documentary about just some of the many Jewish Gulags as the Kolyma, Steplag, or Dalstroy, to name just a few of the literally thousands of the forced labor camps of Wladimir Lenin (himself Jewish) Leon Trotzky aka Lev Bronstein), Zinoview, Aaron Soltz, Rapoport, Sverdlov. Athough there were also many non-Jewish Communists, the foramentioned people were the apex of Soviet power. Many (nay millions) died during the cold frozen winters in faraway and desolate Siberia. Joseph Stalin (himself not a Jew but surrounded by powerfull Jews behind the scenes) had let already killed 6.000.000 Ukrain farmers in 1933. The response of the Russian people on those atrocities, was a gradually increase of antisemitism.

And now, the organisations regarding to the remembrance of the holocaust are complaining: "Don't equate our suffering with that of that of other peoples. Because it are we, who have suffered the most!" And in certain sense, they are right. The only thing we have to do however, is to look at the main cause of their suffering and oppression by other nationalitys. Listen to what Bernard Lazare, himself a Jew, has to say about the source of anti-semitism:

"If this hostility, this repugnance had been shown towards the Jews at one time or in one country only, it would easy to account for the local causes of this sentiment.But this race has been the subject of hatred with all the nations amidst whom it ever settled. Inasmuch as the enemies of the Jews belonged to diverse races, it must be that the general causes of Ant-Semitism have always in Israel itself, and not in those who antagonized it." (Bernard Lazare in "L,antisemtism."

And so, we know the true source of most of this mysterious and unexplainable "antisemitism." And the proto type, the role model for this is the Russian Revolution with all its horrors.