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.