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It is time for those who abuse the memory of the Holocaust, particularly those in Israel, to understand that words have consequences. This was one of the primary lessons of the Holocaust – that hateful, bigoted words can lead to violent acts.

Now that 70 years have passed, the danger is that an overuse of words – and inapt comparisons – will contribute to a lessening of the true impact and meaning of the Holocaust and, likewise, the memory of one of the significant reasons why the Jewish state of Israel was brought into being in the first place.

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Abraham H. Foxman, a Holocaust survivor, is national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

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