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Taking the Holocaust, Nazis, etc. Out of the Rhetoric

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Daniel Goldman posted an article on Holocaust Remembrance Day about the use of Holocaust terminology and imagery in Israeli political campaigns and rhetoric.

Daniel observes that he has personally been called a “Nazi” several times during the recent contentious Bet Shemesh local election campaigns, mainly by screaming kids. One could add that the Abutbul campaign used Holocaust imagery (barbed wire around some Chareidi kids – illustrating the alleged risks to these children if Eli Cohen were to be elected) in their official ads.

Furthermore, even the most respectable politicians in Israel will use Holocaust references – such as Benjamin Netanyahu in his speeches about the Iranian threat; or this week, in reference to the PLO’s agreement with Hamas:

Hamas denies the Holocaust while trying to bring about a new Holocaust through the destruction of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting.

Menachem Begin was renowned for using the Holocaust in his political speeches about erstwhile unrelated issues.

Of course, our enemies will try to use Holocaust references in their attempts to condemn Israel’s activities and policies.

If an Israeli soldier is heavy-handed, or if Israel takes some military action, then the Palestinians will draw comparison to the Nazis. They could instead, to make the same point, draw comparisons to the hundreds of unpleasant regimes, from the British in India, to the Egyptians in Tahir Square, the Americans in Guantanamo etc, etc. Reaching for the gas-chambers comparison instead, and outrageously applying it specifically to Israel’s army, is clearly grossly abusing the memory of the Holocaust.

I still recall my disgust at seeing an animal rights organization’s pamphlet on campus in England, protesting the use of shechitah, which had a large cartoon of cows being led to the gas chambers.

At a mundane level, where (arguably) I have some influence, I try to impose a rule in my own home, where politics, religion and other sometimes-heated debates are common-place fare around our family table.

In my home, our rule is that one may not use Holocaust, Nazi etc references in any other context than the Holocaust itself.

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About the Author: David Morris has been nominated for the President of Israel's Prize 2010. He is an entrepreneur in the fields of charity and electro-optics; Established Lema'an Achai ("For My Brothers"), the innovative community social services charity in Ramat Bet Shemesh, "Magen", the Bet Shemesh Child Protection Agency, and "Yad LeYedid" (A Hand to a Friend) charity helping impoverished families in Jerusalem. His day-job as Owner/CEO of Scitronix Ltd is marketing sophisticated electro-optical products to high tech industries in Israel. David is the proud dad of six amazing children, and luckiest-husband-in-the-world of Julie Morris.

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One Response to “Taking the Holocaust, Nazis, etc. Out of the Rhetoric”

  1. Stella Webby says:

    PC is always last resort.
    How can anyone forget the Holocaust and why it began. The mentality to make it happen. The holocaust was an atrocity. How can we not refer to madmen, or evil men as hitlers or nazis. How can we not refer to horrible events as a holocaust. The Holocaust did not happen hundreds of years ago. It occurred in this century. My grandchildren every morning study Torah and this week at our kitchen table is plenty of talk about the Holocaust, nazis, Hitler, Jews, and with pictures and stories to back up the pictures. We remember, we do mot try to forget, or we will not recognize when another holocaust is at the horizon.

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