Tuesday, 10 May 2016
On IDF Brutality and the Meaning of the Holocaust
By Gilad Atzmon
In a speech last week, Major General Yair Golan, the Israeli military’s deputy chief of staff, said the Holocaust should prompt Israelis to reflect”deeply” about their own society.
“If there is anything that frightens me in the remembrance of the Holocaust, it is discerning nauseating processes that took place in Europe in general, and in Germany specifically back then, 70, 80 and 90 years ago, and seeing evidence of them here among us in the year 2016,” said the Israeli military leader.
Some Israeli right wing politicians didn’t like Major General Golan’s statement. PM Benjamin Netanyahu denounced him yesterday. Education Minister Naftali Bennett, called on Golan to correct his comments or be seen as “comparing Israeli soldiers to Nazis.” Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, said Golan was “a little confused” and that his statement reflected “a lack of understanding, if not a disrespect of the Holocaust.”
However, other Israelis such as Isaac Herzog, leader of the Labour party, praised Golan. “This is what ethics and responsibility sound like,” he said. Apparently some Israelis can cope with the obvious comparison between Israeli brutality and some Jew haters in history.
This not so surprising speech illustrates that a top Israeli general is more genuine and ethically oriented than Jewish Leftist Max Blumenthal who was filmed abusing history revisionist David Irving for doing his job, i.e., narrating the past.
General Golan articulates a more coherent and universal moral from the holocaust than Jewish anti war activist Justin Raimondo and Anti Zionist Zionist Philip Weiss who have been united in their efforts to sustain the Holocaust religion rather than let it become, as it should, an historical chapter.
It seems that racist and genocidal Israel is more liberal, genuine and open than the entire Diaspora Jewish so called ‘dissent.’ This is hardly a surprise. In fact, the very few dissident Jews who have something meaningful, deep and uncompromisingto say about the Jewish State, Jewishness and Judaismhave been Israelis such as Israel Shahak, Israel Shamir, Sholomo Sand, Gideon Levy, Shulamit Aloni, Uri Avnery and a few others. The Diaspora Jewish dissent has behaved quite differently, they lie for the tribe, they silence true dissenters and thoughtful critiques. They sustain the notion of the primacy of Jewish suffering through a controlled opposition apparatus.
Israel is also more open than Corbyn’s Labour party. Corbyn’s Labour suspended thelegendary Ken Livingstone for telling the truth about Hitler’s collaboration with Zionism in 1933. The leader of Israel’s Labour party praised Major General Golan for his attempt to push for ethical thinking and historical context.
The recent developments in Israel and the British Labour party suggest that truth cannot be totally suppressed. Truth is a boomerang. It flies back. Truth has within it the inherent inclination to appear and resurface despite the odds. If you want to understand Jewish history and culture, all you have to do is try to gauge what the so-called ‘good Jews’ are trying to conceal.
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