Holocaust survivors oppose Gaza war, get reaction: ‘Hitler didn’t finish the job’

This video about Hitler’s mass murder of Jews is part of Shoah – a film by Claude Lanzmann, 1985.

By Bill van Auken in the USA:

26 August 2014

In a letter published as an advertisement Saturday in the New York Times, over 350 survivors of the Nazi Holocaust and descendants of survivors issued a stinging condemnation of “the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine.” …

The correctness of this assessment found speedy confirmation in the form of Facebook postings by Israeli rightists telling those who had signed the declaration to “go back to Auschwitz” or “go die in the gas chambers,” and lamenting that “Hitler didn’t finish the job.”

These disgusting reactions to the Holocaust survivors prove that the extreme Right lunatic fringe in Israel, unfortunately, are not any better than the extreme Right lunatic fringe in some Arab countries, or among ‘white nationalist’ anti-Semites in the USA, in Europe or elsewhere.

Indefinite ceasefire commences in Gaza: here.

An Israeli reservist asks: What did I fight for in Gaza? For now, writes the soldier, the well-brought-up Zionist young people continue to show up dutifully for reserve duty. But they are also filled with despair: here.

15 thoughts on “Holocaust survivors oppose Gaza war, get reaction: ‘Hitler didn’t finish the job’

    • These Facebook comments may be a symptom of the wider phenomenon how in war situations, at least with some people, humanitarian values erode.

      Hitler´s nazi regime already in the 1930s sometimes killed Jews and others, and sometimes put Jews and others in concentration camps. However, the millionfold murdering of the Holocaust started only during World War II. One reason more to stop wars and prevent new wars from breaking out.

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  4. Tuesday 19th April 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    QATAR, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab countries that pledged reconstruction aid after Israel’s 2014 ruthless blitz on Gaza have delivered only about half of what they promised.

    The World Bank released a report yesterday on the aid response before donor countries meet today in Brussels.

    Payments fell short of those planned disbursements by around $1.3 billion (£0.91bn).

    If donor funding continues at the current pace, pledges will not be honoured before mid-2019, two years behind schedule.

    More than 2,200 Palestinians were killed during the Israeli assault, over half of them civilians, including hundreds of children.

    About 171,000 homes were destroyed or damaged, leaving 75,000 people homeless.

    At the October 2014 Cairo conference, the international community pledged $3.51bn (£2.46bn) in aid over three years to rebuild Gaza, but only $1.41bn was delivered by March 31 compared with $2.71bn promised.


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  6. Thursday 29th September 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Features

    Fighting for justice for Palestinians is entirely consistant with fighting anti-semites, writes PHIL HALL, whose family were forced to flee the nazis

    Standing against Zionism does not make you an anti-semite. Yet supporters of Israel, including many British journalists and a few Labour MPs, pretend that this a very difficult concept. This is far from rocket science, but let’s try to explain it to them in simple terms.

    Standing at the picket outside South Africa House in the 1980s on one occasion, the actress Miriam Margolyles shouted: “Nuke the whites!”

    For people with a simple, binary view of politics it was obvious that the struggle in South Africa was between black people and white people. For these same people the conflict in Israel-Palestine is between Jews and Palestinians.

    In fact, the struggle in South Africa was a struggle between those South Africans who were against apartheid — a significant minority of whom were white — and those who were for apartheid — a significant minority of whom were black.

    The same is true of the Israel-Palestine conflict. It is not a struggle of Palestinians against Jews. It is a struggle of everyone who is against zionism, including Jews, and those who support it, including right-wing Christians in the US.

    My mother, Eve Hall, lived in Paris during the second world war. Her aunt, an opera singer, was forced to wear a yellow star and dragged off to the French-run concentration camp in the northern suburbs of Paris, Drancy. She was then taken in wagon No#27 to Auschwitz.

    My mother’s grandmother was taken from Prague to Terezin, where she was murdered in Treblinka. My mother’s grandfather died in the Prague Ghetto. Eve Hall understood the danger she was in as a child, but escaped it, though traumatised. She went to live in South Africa where, in turn, she fought apartheid and went to prison for her beliefs.

    For her, there was little difference between apartheid’s racist policies and fascist anti-semitism. Her mother and father had married despite the Nuremburg laws in 1935, which banned marriages between Jews and gentiles in Germany. Likewise, in South Africa, it was prohibited for “non-whites” to marry whites.

    In addition to being accused of supporting the call to armed struggle, she was accused of insulting the dignity of the president of South Africa, together with Norman Levy. They pointed out that Johannes Vorster had been jailed for being a fascist sympathiser during the war.

    Eve Hall was against racism, prejudice and injustice and this is precisely why she was against zionism.

    This cannot be explained in simpler terms: she was against zionism despite understanding the attraction of the idea of a safe haven for Jews against anti-semitism. Because anti-semitism is real and it needs to be confronted and ended once and for all.

    But it was this story linking apartheid with the persecution of the Jews that attracted Linda Grant, the writer and journalist — that and the fact that she had once met my mother when she was 19 years old. Generously, she wrote her obituary, and later on the obituary of my father.

    But when I met Grant she took me to task for my views: “There are no similarities between apartheid and zionism. How on Earth can you say this? Israel is a multiracial tolerant society and it was founded after the Holocaust.

    “The Afrikaners were not victims in the same way. The Afrikaners were never multiracial or tolerant. Israel has many elements of a tolerant modern social democracy.”

    And yet, was it not Nelson Mandela himself who said: “We South Africans cannot feel free until the Palestinians are free”?

    Israel and apartheid South Africa were cold war allies. Mossad and Boss, the intelligence agencies of Israel and South Africa, worked together closely. Apartheid South Africa was even able to get its nuclear weapons with the help of Israel.

    A former senior commander in the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) tried to explain to me what the situation of his family and others was during “the Nakba catastrophe of 1948.”

    He said: “Once I was walking home. I was a schoolboy. As I came near my house, some friends came rushing towards me. ‘Don’t go home,’ they said. ‘An Israeli family have taken over your house. Everyone has left. If you go there they will kill you.’

    “So I didn’t go back. I found my family and we left to Jordan. I grew up in a refugee camp. Later I joined the PLO to fight and get my land back.
    “But earlier on, I still had the right to go back to Israel. My mother wanted to see the family home one more time so we went. We stood outside our home. Everything was as we had left it: the orange tree, the garden, the house. They had hardly made any changes.

    My mother started to cry and I comforted her. A woman in the house came out with her son and asked us why we were there. I told her. She invited us in for tea.

    “When we left my mother said: ‘Those are good people, my son. Better than us.’ ‘Why mother,’ I exclaimed. ‘They took our house. They took everything. They made us homeless. They destroyed our lives.’
    “‘They are better than us my, son,’ she said, ‘because if they had come to our house in Jordan we would have killed them.’”

    Natural justice itself shouts that the Palestinians have been the victims of a European colonisations and that they bear no responsibility whatsoever for the Holocaust that justified — to Europeans — the establishment of Israel. Though the Palestinians are blameless, they are paying the price for a European atrocity. The Holocaust is the emotional foundation stone of the state of Israel. My father, Tony Hall, went to the Camp David talks, met Yasser Arafat, witnessed the meeting of Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin (the bomber of the King David Hotel). He was astounded that the Israelis argued against the return of Palestinian land, argued against making Israel a secular state where Palestinians and Jews and Christians all had equal rights.

    To justify their position they handed out expensive glossy brochures of the terrible atrocities committed against Jews during the second world war in nazi death camps. Luxury brochures were distributed to justify the oppression of the Palestinians. My father was revolted. So am I. So should you be.

    Let’s be very clear. Members of my family did not die in the concentration camps so that the Palestinians could be persecuted.

    My father and mother, in their time, said: “Not in my name” on many occasions. My brothers and I say: “Not in our name.” Many people who are either Jews or have Jewish relatives say: “Not in our name.” We are against zionism, but we are not anti-semites.

    The chutzpah of journalists such as Nick Cohen, Linda Grant, Julie Birchill (all of whom write for the Guardian) and others who conflate the terms anti-semite and anti-zionist is astounding. Who gave them the right to decide who is and who isn’t an anti-semite?

    And here’s the rub: Jeremy Corbyn, Ken Livingstone and many other people on the left of the Labour Party are against the persecution of the Palestinians. They are in favour of natural justice and they are against this new and deadly form of apartheid called zionism. They are not anti-semites. To say that they are is simply an unfounded, deeply offensive insult. They insult the memory of my mother and her family.

    Is anti-semitism real in Europe? Of course it is. It is alive and well and thrives. It should make us sick to our stomachs. We should oppose it. We should take the nationalist in Eastern Europe to task. We should be intolerant of their behaviour, and withdraw diplomatic relations. But don’t they dare call me, or people like me, anti-semites simply because we oppose the oppression of Palestinians and argue for a secular democratic state in place of a zionist one.


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