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Repudiating anti-Semitism must not imply condoning Israeli Nazism

For the sake of telling the truth and  Calling the spade a spade, especially if we find the proverbial implement in the hands of our grave diggers, we must admit that Israel has succeeded to a large extent in obliterating or at least blurring the line of distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.

As Israel had in the White House an extraordinarily pliant president, Donald Trump, who is obsequiously loyal to Israel and everything Jewish,  Former Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu seemed thoroughly convinced that this was Israel’s moment and that it must be seized to the fullest for the sole purpose of liquidating the Palestinian cause.

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 Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders who are committed to the Lebensraum-like notion of Eretz Yisrael Hashlema (Greater Israel) became convinced that Zionist Jews were effectively the de facto rulers of America and the world.  Of course, for fear of a public relations disaster for Israel in the US, Netanyahu wouldn’t babble much about the subject.

But with Trump at his beck and call in the White House,  Netanyahu “seized the moment” in his characteristically aggressive manner by bullying and\or cajoling one foreign leader after the other in Asia, Africa, and South, and Central Americas, not to mention the Arab Middle East,  to embrace Israel’s territorial aggrandizement schemes.

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Netanyahu, armed with the American sword, gave his interlocutors the impression that Israel was firmly holding the key to Trump’s heart and mind, and that he would be quite happy to help them if they agreed to “help” him, a simple quid-pro-quo arrangement.

  The first thing Netanyahu asked for from the erstwhile “reluctant capitals”  was that they should move their respective diplomatic missions in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to give legitimacy to Israeli claims, repeated ad nauseam,  that Jerusalem is Israel’s eternal and undivided capital.

Netanyahu also pressed his hosts to fight anti-Semitism in their countries and in the international arena. He stressed to these leaders, that most of them have only rudimentary knowledge about the Palestinian question, and that opposing Israeli policies against the Palestinians, was a blatant form of anti-Semitism. This striking Chutzpah remains an essential part of the Israeli propaganda discourse in Europe and the US.

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The term “Israeli policies,” though tedious and too familiar to the ear, hides behind it the enduring scandal known as “Israeli Nazism” I say Israeli Nazism because whenever any entity thinks, behaves, and acts in a Nazi-like manner, that entity becomes a Nazi entity, regardless of religion, ethnicity and even history.

We are talking about more than 7 decades of killing, persecution, dispossession,  home demolition, expulsion from homes and villages, land confiscation, systematic discrimination at every level and in every field and aspect, and a sinister apartheid system transcending reality.

Don’t tell me Israel is a flourishing democracy and a civilized state. Maybe for you, it is, but for me as a person who has lived under the Zionist occupation since June 5, 1967, it is a Nazi state, pure and simple. After all, foreign military occupation is an act of rape.  Just ask the Ukrainians, ask the Kashmiris, ask the victims of occupation anywhere in the world and they will tell you.

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Israel is unlikely though to carry out a wide-scale physical genocide in the foreseeable future. Instead, the Talmudic Zionist leadership would confine all or most Palestinians within the smallest geographical area, where the induced claustrophobia would force them to plea for leave.

Otherwise, those who would “choose” to stay would be given the choice between de facto enslavement as wood hewers and water carriers. Or given a straightforward one-way ticket to the desert in Arabia or North Africa, or perhaps to Canada or Australia.

Of course, the Israeli policy of repression, ethnic cleansing, and imposition of a draconian apartheid system on Palestinians doesn’t have to reach the above-mentioned scenario to be called Nazi.  Israel has always been and continues to be a Nazi state par excellence.

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The late Zeev Sternhell was a Polish-born Israeli historian, political scientist,  and commentator on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. He headed the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and was viewed as one of the world’s leading experts on fascism. In an article published in Le Monde in 2018,  he argued that Israel today resembled a large extent to the early years of Nazi Germany.

 In the article, Sternhell pointed out that non-Jews in Israel, especially Palestinians, feel they are living under a monster, given the racist laws continually promulgated in order to promote and enforce “the Jewishness” of Israel and also make non-Jews, especially Arabs, feel they are unwanted.

The highly jingoistic Israeli press scathingly attacked Sternhell, calling him an auto anti-Semite and self-hating Jew.

Some Israeli intellectuals sought to refute Sternhell’s conclusions, arguing that Arab students were studying at Israeli universities and Arab doctors serving in Israeli hospitals.

 Big Deal! It is true that Israel allows Arab students to study at its universities and Arab doctors to serve at its hospitals. But it is also true that Israel has a systematic and institutionalized policy of insidious discrimination against Arabs in Israel, in addition to the manifestly brutal repression meted out to the Palestinians in the occupied territories.

 No one is saying that Israel has introduced concentration camps in the West camp. None the less, who says that Nazism and fascism can’t be affected and practised except through concentration camps and gas ovens?

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In the final analysis, if an individual or a state thinks, behaves and acts as the Nazis thought, behaved and acted. That individual and state deserve the Nazi epithet, even if a thousand New York Times or BBCs or CNNs say otherwise.

Finally, we should remember that the portents of concentration camps didn’t loom on the horizon just a few days or a few weeks before Auschwitz.  Before Auschwitz, there was Kristallnacht, the Nuremberg laws of 1935, the creation of the Judenrat in 1939,  and Hitler’s book Mein Kamph.

Indeed, all tactics of repression employed by Israel against the Palestinians today were, more or less, mere stations leading to Auschwitz.  So wouldn’t the Israeli “Nationality law” which stresses that only Jews can be genuine citizens of Israel,  lead to a prospective holocaust against Palestinians, just as, the notorious Third Reich’s Citizenship law of 1935 eventually led to Auschwitz?   Don’t  tell me “when I see it, I believe it.” Because by then, it would be too late to redeem anything or save any life. (end)    

Khaled Amayreh
Khalid Amayreh (Arabic: خالد عمايرة‎‎, b. 1957 Hebron) is a Palestinian journalist based in Dura, near Hebron, West Bank. He is an award-winning reporter who has contributed hundreds of articles to the Al-Jazeera English website from the Occupied West Bank. His field includes, inter alia, strategic studies with emphasis on the Arab world, Iran after the Shah, the Arab-Israeli conflict, contemporary Islamic movements, religious Zionism, comparative religion. Shiite Islam and failure of democratization in the Arab world. He received most of his formal education in the US where he obtained two degrees in journalism, a BA from the University of Oklahoma and a Master's degree in the same field from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has published numerous studies and articles on a variety of subjects in both English and Arabic. He has also written five books. The title of his MA thesis in the US was “the religious Press in America and the Palestinian question from 1967-1983. Amayreh has worked for the following media: Middle East International, London, al-Jazeera English, Ahram Weekly (Cairo), UAE TV, and several other Arabic publications. Amayreh's sole agenda is to spread and disseminate the truth about the enduring Palestinian/Israeli conflict which seems to defy all peace efforts. Honesty are rectitude are paramount for him. Per him, unfortunately, this conflict is unlikely to be resolved in the foreseeable future or even during our lifetime.

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