This video is about the film Shoah.
From an interview with Fidel Castro, former president of Cuba, by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic in the USA:
Castro‘s message to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran, was not so abstract, however. Over the course of this first, five-hour discussion, Castro repeatedly returned to his excoriation of anti-Semitism. He criticized Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust and explained why the Iranian government would better serve the cause of peace by acknowledging the “unique” history of anti-Semitism and trying to understand why Israelis fear for their existence.
He began this discussion by describing his own, first encounters with anti-Semitism, as a small boy. “I remember when I was a boy – a long time ago – when I was five or six years old and I lived in the countryside,” he said, “and I remember Good Friday. What was the atmosphere a child breathed? `Be quiet, God is dead.’ God died every year between Thursday and Saturday of Holy Week, and it made a profound impression on everyone. What happened? They would say, `The Jews killed God.’ They blamed the Jews for killing God! Do you realize this?”
He went on, “Well, I didn’t know what a Jew was. I knew of a bird that was a called a ‘Jew,’ and so for me the Jews were those birds.
These birds were smooth-billed anis.
These birds had big noses. I don’t even know why they were called that. That’s what I remember. This is how ignorant the entire population was.”
He said the Iranian government should understand the consequences of theological anti-Semitism. “This went on for maybe two thousand years,” he said. “I don’t think anyone has been slandered more than the Jews. I would say much more than the Muslims. They have been slandered much more than the Muslims because they are blamed and slandered for everything. No one blames the Muslims for anything.”
Though I agree with most of this interview, I do have a bit of a problem with this sentence (presuming that the interviewer has reported it correctly). Presumably, Castro argues from the history of the Christian West; as other countries like India or China (were there were Jews historically), or Japan (where there were no Jews historically) have no history of anti-Jewish hatred comparable to it.
In Christian European history, there is a tradition of religious hatred against Muslims. In fifteenth-sixteenth century Spain, Muslims were persecuted along with Jews. However, unlike Jews, Muslims were not maligned as “killers of God”. And few if any Muslims lived in most Christian European countries. So, if bigots would have liked to persecute Muslims along with Jews, that was impossible for lack of Muslims.
In the 21st century, unfortunately, Western bigots blame Muslims for lots of things.
The Iranian government should understand that the Jews “were expelled from their land, persecuted and mistreated all over the world, as the ones who killed God. In my judgment here’s what happened to them: Reverse selection. What’s reverse selection? Over 2,000 years they were subjected to terrible persecution and then to the pogroms. One might have assumed that they would have disappeared; I think their culture and religion kept them together as a nation.” He continued: “The Jews have lived an existence that is much harder than ours. There is nothing that compares to the Holocaust.” I asked him if he would tell Ahmadinejad what he was telling me. “I am saying this so you can communicate it,” he answered.
Goldberg analyzes his visit with Fidel Castro: here.
`Orientalism’ and Cuba: How Western media get it wrong: here.
An American imam took an eye-opening tour last month of the Dachau and Auschwitz death camps and said that what he saw was unfathomable – and undeniable: here.
Rhetoric about Iran Repeat of Iraq War Propaganda? Here.
Iran’s presidential aide calls for greater rights for Iran’s “oppressed” women: here.