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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

More Holocaust Comparisons

One might think the Holocaust imagery that has been so favored by some in the anti-disengagement camp, and so maligned by everyone else, especially many holocaust survivors, would slow down now that we are on the tail end of the Gaza pullout. One would be wrong. From Haaretz:
A organization opposed to the disengagement has announced plans to build a memorial center called "Yad Vashem for Gush Katif and the Northern Samaria," displaying photographs of soldiers and police who took part in the 'holocaust' of evacuations alongside documentation of the former settlements.
The plan drew sharp criticism from the Yad Vashem national memorial to the World War II Holocaust, and from survivors of the Nazi annihilation campaign.
...Shinui party chairman Yosef Lapid, a survivor of the World War II Nazi Holocaust, reacted with anger to the idea of the center, whose name recalls the national memorial to Hitler Germany's wartime destruction of the Jews.

"They are saying that the IDF is the SS, and [are equating] people that were moved from their homes to hotels to people in gas chambers," Lapid said.

"It is very sad that people exploit the name of the Holocaust for political ends."
I've said all I need to say about the topic of holocaust comparisons in this context. I still find it disgusting.

5 Comments:

Blogger rebba shlita said...

this happens b/c we live in a sheltered world i personally am related to survivors of aushwitz and i still cant imagine what they went through no matter how they describe it. my grand-mother said compared to the real thing schindlers list was a joke. the scary part of this all the further we are removed from holocaust the more it seems chas vshalom unreal. it is important that if we know someone that went through it and is willing to discuss it to talk about it. i think yosef lapid let them off easy i really feel for him and his generation, we must keep the memories alive.
good work orthomom brining light to a dark subject.

11:10 AM  
Blogger David said...

Good point Orthomon.

:-)

12:16 PM  
Blogger Balabusta in Blue Jeans said...

I'm feeling ill.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Ze'ev said...

Let's compare this with the following comments by Lapid from just over a year ago:

In stark and emotional language, Deputy Prime Minister Yosef Lapid… told Israeli radio that the country risked further international condemnation if the army continued its campaign of pursuing Palestinian gunmen, demolishing homes and expelling civilians from the heart of the populous Rafah refugee camp.

"On TV I saw an old woman rummaging through the ruins of her house looking for her medication, and it reminded me of my grandmother who was thrown out of her house during the Shoah," (or Holocaust).

"We look like monsters in the eyes of the world," he added. "This makes me sick."

As I see it, either it's ok to make comparisons to the Holocaust, or it's not, but one can't have it both ways.

8:18 AM  
Blogger orthomom said...

Wow. Great catch, Ze'ev.

9:27 AM  

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