Knesset caucus on Holocaust likens leftists to Nazis (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Roy Arad 04/20/12)
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An ironic thing happened at Thursday´s Knesset session
on "conclusions from the Holocaust" - the memorial siren couldn´t be
heard, perhaps due to a technical problem. The surprised organizer
looked at the clock, stood us all up and then sat us back down.
But in general, the connection between Thursday´s conference -
organized by the "Holocaust Lessons Caucus," led by National Union MK
Michael Ben-Ari - and the Holocaust of record was weak at best.
One would think a discussion of that period would focus on Germany,
Nazism, fascism, concentration camps and the like. But these were
barely mentioned. Adolf Hitler was spoken of almost tangentially, as
a takeoff point for talking about the late PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat
and the Oslo Accords. Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini was
mentioned far more often than Hitler, and the ignorant might have
believed that the Arabs killed the Six Million.
In fact, one speaker, right-wing journalist David Bedein, went so far
as to say that without the mufti, there would have been no mass
killings of Jews. But we were later to learn that the "anarchists"
are even bigger Nazis than the Arabs.
Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, head of the Temple Institute, didn´t use the
term Judenrat (the Jewish councils appointed to carry out Nazi
policies ), but he quickly compared them to the left and the Israel
Defense Forces which supposedly does its bidding.
"Jews participated in the Holocaust by informing and other ugly
things," he said. "This process is happening here, too. ... We took a
trace of this sickness with us."
Referring to Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner, who lost his command this week
after hitting an unarmed pro-Palestinian demonstrator with his rifle,
Ariel told the committee: "Here we have a Jewish officer, and then
come the anarchists. Look at what they´re doing to him because he
touched some Norwegian. You´re an officer? You´re nothing. And the
Norwegian? He´s king.
"Today the state isn´t ours," the rabbi continued. "This is a mental
illness and we must be healed. The solution is to know that the Land
of Israel is ours."
Bedein, who followed, was described as an investigative journalist,
and he offered up a journalistic scoop: "There´s a lab in El-Bireh
that is reinserting threats of murder into Jordanian and Palestinian
textbooks. The supreme value in the Palestinian educational system is
to permit the killing of Jews."
And so it went. MK Aryeh Eldad quoted from Uri Zvi
Greenberg´s "Streets of the River," and explained that Greenberg´s
conclusion from the Holocaust was that the Jews need a strong army
with rifles. Eldad apparently didn´t notice that the Palestinians had
just been condemned for wanting the same thing.
For Yonatan Yosef, a Jewish resident of Sheikh Jarrah, the
Holocaust´s lesson was that the anarchists protesting against him are
the new Nazis, because "they are calling for ethnic cleansing of the
Itzik Magrefta, who has been busy writing talkbacks all over the
Internet accusing leftists of raping babies and such, at least
condemned the comparison of Palestinians to Nazis. ("They never put
us in Auschwitz." ) But he did take pains to explain why there is no
such thing as Palestinians.
One of the lessons the Knesset itself was thought to have learned
from the Holocaust was that racist parties like Kach should not be
allowed to run in elections. Less than 24 years after that decision,
Ben-Ari, a former Kach member who remains a proud Kahanist, is
teaching the Knesset his idea of what the Holocaust really meant. (©
Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 04/20/12)
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