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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Out of Hand?

One only needs to peruse my recent archives to read of my sympathy for those Israelis whose lives are going to be changed forever by the impending disengagement. And I am quick to defend the right of the evacuees to protest and make their opposition to the plan heard. But I really think the tattooing of identification numbers to simulate the numbers tatooed onto Jewish prisoners' arms by Nazis during the holocaust to be over the line of propriety. I posted a few months ago about an advertising campaign in a similar vein, using holocaust-era imagery of the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto to elicit feeling of outrage towards the disengagement plan. Frankly, it made me ill, as does this stunt. From the Jerusalem Post:
Avner Shalev, chairman of the Yad Vashem directorate, called the youths' action damaging to the memory of the Holocaust and a perversion of historical facts.

"As the public/political debate over the disengagement plan intensifies, Yad Vashem calls on all parties to refrain from using symbols and terminology taken from the Shoah," Shalev said in a statement. "In particular, people should refrain from unnecessary and wrong comparisons that cause a perversion of the memory of the victims and events, and may even be tainted with Holocaust denial."

"It is important that the memory of the Shoah remain a unifying factor in Israeli society, not the opposite," he added.
Unfortunately, I think the use of holocaust imagery does not garner for these residents of Gaza the sympathy they so richly deserve and are looking for, but instead serves to anger their opponents to the point that they may lose sight of the most important fact. And that is that these people who are being forced to vacate their homes and their livelihoods are really heroes. And we should be treating them as such, no matter how inappropriate we find their tactics.


Blogger CJ Srullowitz said...

We need to pray for all involved, including us Jews in America.

12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't really mind this. It's a form of nonviolent protest. So they are writing numbrs on their hands. Why do you care?

8:46 AM  
Blogger The Town Crier said...

protest is picketing, protest doesnt mean exploiting peoples suffering , especially when there is no correlation whatsoever.
Last i heared ariel sharon was not sending any of his countryment to death camps.

9:18 AM  
Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

in your idea of inappropriate,but if i were to tell you that GWB wants the 5t to be Juedenrhien by sunday,you might feel like the jews in the orange shirts.The only difference is that the israeli goverment is jewish.(all the worse)Expelling people from their land because they are jews as a goverment policy,sounds like hitler to me.

9:59 AM  
Blogger The Town Crier said...

Amshi my friend... it actually happens all the time - remeber how many jews used to live in east new york? would you dare set foot there now?
people are always moving to make way for unfavorable elements. If there were Arabs firing riockets in woodmere all day and the only way to get them to stop was to move out then that might be something to consider. (and if that dont work then at least the world sees what idiots they truly are) again Judenrein was a term used for when people were not only taken from their homes but also murdered. No one is sending jews to death camps.
Gaza has been a thorn in israels side since they got it anyways - but this is a whole nother argument. Nazi terminoglogy and analogies are off limits no matter who it is. it is the same extremism that got Rabin assasinated.

11:24 AM  
Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

Nazi terminoglogy and analogies are off limits no matter who it is -TC
so if the nation of islam expells all the jews from say,jordan by force that would not be equatible to the relocation of jews from poland via brown shirts.EHHH! wrong.

11:35 AM  
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12:32 PM  
Blogger The Town Crier said...

Amshinover, we'll cross that bridge when it doesnt happen. but thats not what we are discussing here , is it?

12:55 PM  
Blogger The Town Crier said...

"Nation of Islam" ? as in louis farakhan?

12:56 PM  
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