by ALAN DERSHOWITZ
Why are so many of the grandchildren of Nazis and Nazi collaborators who brought us the Holocaust once again declaring war on the Jews?
Why have we seen such an increase in anti-Semitism and irrationally virulent anti-Zionism in Western Europe?
To answer these questions, a myth must first be exposed. That myth is the one perpetrated by the French, the Dutch, the Norwegians, the Swiss, the Belgians, the Austrians, and many other western Europeans: namely that the Holocaust was solely the work of German Nazis aided perhaps by some Polish, Ukrainian, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian collaborators.
The Holocaust was perpetrated by Europeans: by Nazi sympathizers and collaborators among the French, Dutch, Norwegians, Swiss, Belgians, Austrians and other Europeans, both Western and Eastern.
If the French government had not deported to the death camps more Jews than their German occupiers asked for; if so many Dutch and Belgian citizens and government officials had not cooperated in the roundup of Jews; if so many Norwegians had not supported Quisling; if Swiss government officials and bankers had not exploited Jews; if Austria had not been more Nazi than the Nazis, the Holocaust would not have had so many Jewish victims.
In light of the widespread European complicity in the destruction of European Jewry, the pervasive anti-Semitism and irrationally hateful anti-Zionism that has recently surfaced throughout Western Europe toward Israel should surprise no one.
“Oh no,” we hear from European apologists. “This is different. We don’t hate the Jews. We only hate their nation-state. Moreover, the Nazis were right-wing. We are left-wing, so we can’t be anti-Semites.”
The hard left has a history of anti-Semitism as deep and enduring as the hard right. The line from Voltaire to Karl Marx, to Levrenti Beria, to Robert Faurisson, to today’s hard-left Israel bashers is as straight as the line from Wilhelm Mars to the persecutors of Alfred Dreyfus to Hitler.
The Jews of Europe have always been crushed between the Black and the Red – victims of extremism whether it be the ultra-nationalism of Khmelnitsky to the ultra-anti-Semitism of Stalin.
“But some of the most strident anti-Zionists are Jews, such as Norman Finkelstein and even Israelis such as Gilad Atzmon. Surely they can’t be anti-Semites?”
Why not? Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas collaborated with the Gestapo. Atzmon, a hard leftist, describes himself as a proud self-hating Jew and admits that his ideas derive from a notorious anti-Semite.
He denies that the Holocaust is historically proved but he believes that Jews may well have killed Christian children to use their blood to bake Passover matzah. And he thinks it’s “rational” to burn down synagogues.
Finkelstein believes in an international Jewish conspiracy that includes Steven Spielberg, Leon Uris, Eli Wiesel, and Andrew Lloyd Webber!
“But Israel is doing bad things to the Palestinians,” the European apologists insist, “and we are sensitive to the plight of the underdog.”
No, you’re not! Where are your demonstrations on behalf of the oppressed Tibetans, Georgians, Syrians, Armenians, Kurds, or even Ukrainians? Where are your BDS movements against the Chinese, the Russians, the Cubans, the Turks, or the Assad regime?
Only the Palestinians, only Israel? Why? Not because the Palestinians are more oppressed than these and other groups.
Only because their alleged oppressors are Jews and the nation-state of the Jews. Would there be demonstrations and BDS campaigns on behalf of the Palestinians if they were oppressed by Jordan or Egypt?
Oh, wait! The Palestinians were oppressed by Egypt and Jordan… Gaza was an open-air prison between 1948 and 1967, when Egypt was the occupying power. And remember Black September, when Jordan killed more Palestinians than Israel did in a century? I don’t remember any demonstration or BDS campaigns – because there weren’t any.
When Arabs occupy or kill Arabs, Europeans go ho-hum. But when Israel opens a soda factory in Maale Adumim, which even the Palestinian leadership acknowledges will remain part of Israel in any peace deal, Oxfam parts ways with Scarlett Johansson for advertising a soda company that employs hundreds of Palestinians
Keep in mind that Oxfam has provided “aid and material support” to two anti-Israel terrorist groups, according to the Tel Aviv-based Israeli Law Group.
The hypocrisy of so many hard-left western Europeans would be staggering if it were not so predictable based on the sordid history of Western Europe’s treatment of the Jews.
Even England, which was on the right side of the war against Nazism, has a long history of anti-Semitism, beginning with the expulsion of the Jews in 1290 to the notorious White Paper of 1939, which prevented the Jews of Europe from seeking asylum from the Nazis in British-mandated Palestine… And Ireland, which vacillated in the war against Hitler, boasts some of the most virulent anti-Israel rhetoric.
The simple reality is that one cannot understand the current western European left-wing war against the nation-state of the Jewish people without first acknowledging the long-term European war against the Jewish people themselves.
Theodore Herzl understood the pervasiveness and irrationality of European anti-Semitism, which led him to the conclusion that the only solution to Europe’s Jewish problem was for European Jews to leave that bastion of Jew hatred and return to their original homeland, which is now the State of Israel.
None of this is to deny Israel’s imperfections or the criticism it justly deserves for some of its policies. But these imperfections and deserved criticism cannot even begin to explain, much less justify, the disproportionate hatred directed against the only nation-state of the Jewish people and the disproportionate silence regarding the far greater imperfections and deserved criticism of other nations and groups including the Palestinians.
Nor is this to deny that many western European individuals and some western European countries have refused to succumb to the hatred against the Jews or their state. The Czech Republic comes to mind. But far too many western Europeans are as irrational in their hatred toward Israel as their for-bearers were in their hatred toward their Jewish neighbors.
As author Amos Oz once aptly observed: the walls of his grandparents’ Europe were covered with graffiti saying, “Jews, go to Palestine.” Now they say, “Jews, get out of Palestine,” by which is meant Israel.
Who do these western European bigots think they’re fooling? Only fools who want to be fooled in the interest of denying that they are manifesting new variations on their grandparents’ old biases.
Any objective person with an open mind, open eyes, and an open heart must see the double standard being applied to the nation-state of the Jewish people. Many doing so are the grandchildren of those who lethally applied a double standard to the Jews of Europe in the 1930s and 1940s.
- Len Cahill end times1Hide or report this
- Herman Meltzer Alan Dershowitz just about said it all. I think, from his gut, he said what had to be said. All of us who are disgusted with this global anti-semitism must stand with Dershowitz and let our feeling be known. Don’t let anyone deny the obvious.11Hide or report this
- Serge Lang Angering, but well-written and accurate. All of the outlawing of Nazi symbols, or monuments not withstanding, the born-German populace of Germany (including former East Germans exposed to decades of Soviet anti-Jewish racism and anti-Israel propaganda) has shown no more resistance to Jihadi-driven anti-Semitism than their EU counterparts.7Hide or report this
- Tony Vineberg No significant change in the East, but a surge in the West….because radical Islam migrating to the West; pushback from Deep State and Socialist media over its dismantling and that of Global socialism, e.g. TPP, Paris Accord, NAFTA, NATO, U.S. trade …See More5Hide or report this
- Barry Cohen the truth that hatred is over a thousand years against jews and israel is alive because bigots are given a platform2Hide or report this
- Robert Milstein Yes and the Catholic Church. Fritz Von Papen, the guards that were S.S. were Jesuits. This was a Catholic Austria and Germany remember. This “Palestine” is the Caananites home after all!2Hide or report this
- Ed L. Carr SPOT ON !2Hide or report this
- Igor Blyuss Nailed it.1Hide or report this
- Donna Marie Excellent post, Naveed.3Hide or report this
- Chloe Ross I learn from Naveed every day. What a wonerful man.2Hide or report this
- Tobi Ruth Love We tend to not want to say the truth about anti-Semitism. The fact is that until Christianity as a whole admits that it is the cause of anti-Semitism it is not going away. The Catholic Church did not just adopt a religion about Jesus, to get people, …See More8Hide or report this
- Ian Lovestock Europe wants their Jews back if only to improve their economies and living conditions as we have for centuries. Once they are prospering, they’ll manage to rid themselves of us.1Hide or report this
- Brian Meadows Let ’em go down the tube fighting the jihadists among them!!1Hide or report this
- Sharon Branagan Green This is quite apropos.
This week in the US we have been shocked by the gall of a freshman US congresswoman, who apologized for an antisemitic comment, then made the same comment at the end of the “apology”. Sorry/not sorry! And she’s going on to m…See More2Hide or report this
- Roger Gordon Brilliantly stated!1Hide or report this
- Richard Gardner Brilliantly written, Alan.Hide or report this
Campaign Against Antisemitism heralds ‘the first conviction in the UK over Holocaust denial’ after revisionist loses case
Alison Chabloz during her video, which called Auschwitz a ‘theme park’
An antisemitic blogger who posted grossly offensive songs online calling Auschwitz a “theme park” and denying the Holocaust, Alison Chabloz, has lost the appeal against her conviction.
Alison Chabloz, 55, claimed Anne Frank’s diary was faked and said lyrics such as Auschwitz holy temple is a theme park just for fools,” were created out of love for the Jewish people.
Chabloz said she wanted to free Jews “from this atrocity propaganda.”
She was convicted of three counts of sending by a public communications network an offensive, indecent or menacing message or material after a trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last May.
Today judge Christopher Hehir upheld the convictions and said: “She is a Holocaust denier.”
“She is manifestly antisemitic and utterly obsessed with what she perceives to be the wrongdoing of the Jews and their disproportionate influence in politics, the media and banking in particular.
“She appears to us quite simply to have lost all sense of perspective.’
Referring to one of the songs, entitled ‘I Like The Story As It Is – Satire’, the judge said: “It blames Jews for their suffering and brands them as thieves, liars and usurpers.
“That is woven into sickening Holocaust related references to shrunken heads, soap, lampshades and smoke coming from crematorium chimneys.”
Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “This is the first conviction in the UK over Holocaust denial on social media”
He said Chabloz’s “actions defending the Nazis and claiming that the Holocaust was a fraud seek to defile” the sacrifice of those who fought in the Second World War.
“This sentence sends a strong message that in Britain, Holocaust denial and antisemitic conspiracy theories will not be tolerated.”
“Alison Chabloz is a remorseless and repulsive antisemite who has spent years obsessively inciting others to hate Jews, principally by claiming that the Holocaust was a hoax perpetrated by Jews to defraud the world.
“Other antisemites who believe that they can abuse the Jewish community online with impunity should take note.”
The judge sitting with magistrates at Southwark Crown Court added: “We unhesitatingly reject the appellant’s evidence that this song was at least in part motivated by a benevolent desire to free Jewish people from the shackles of “atrocity propaganda” about the Holocaust.
“We are sure that she wrote and performed it because she hates Jews.
“What is particularly repellent is that the song is sung in a spiteful parody of a Yiddish or similar accent, and is set to the tune of a celebrated Hebrew song, Hava Nagila.”
Referring to another song, (((Survivors))), judge Hehir said: “We consider that it is by no means excessive to describe this song as disgusting.
“It makes tasteless references to a number of identifiable Holocaust victims or survivors.
“It’s currency includes jovial reference to Dr Josef Mengele, the Auschwitz physician notorious for his sadistic experiments on Jewish and other children, to the bodies of babies being burnt and to the death, in a concentration camp, of one particular child Anne Frank.
“Shortly after seeking to extract humor from her death, the suggestion that her celebrated diary was not actually her work, and the supposed financial wrongdoings of her father and the charity established in her name, the song moves on to a denunciation of bankers and warmongers.
“A central theme of this song is that the Jews exploit the Holocaust for financial gain.
“We therefore affirm the appellant’s convictions on all three charges,” concluded the judge.
Earlier James Mulholland, QC, for the Crown, said proper academic discussion of history was protected under European Convention of Human Rights but Chabloz’s songs could not be considered reasoned criticism.
“Being a poor historian, a one-sided or one-eyed historian is not an offence,” explained the barrister.
Judge Hehir agreed, saying: “Of course Holocaust denial is not a crime in this jurisdiction.”
Mr Mulholland replied: “It is the manner in which that is done or whether or not it is proper analysis.”
He said speech likely to threaten justice, peace and non-discrimination was not covered by Article 10 (of the ECHR).
“This jurisdiction recognised formally that war crimes were committed by the Nazis in World War Two.
“If something is grossly offensive, simply describing it as satire cannot obscure that or obviate it. The assertion that Auschwitz is a “holy temple” is a deliberate attack.”
Adrian Davies, for Chabloz, said the original prosecution had been as strange one given that Chabloz was charged with embedding a link on her blog to recordings of her songs that had been uploaded by someone else.
“The whole thrust of the charge against her is that by merely pointing out that this song had already been published to YouTube, she is mens rea.”
Mr Davies argued that those who chose to view the videos would be at “either end of the spectrum,”
“Someone looking for material with a view to prosecution can be taken to know what kind of material they are going to find. Those gathering the evidence represent the other end of the spectrum of opinion.
“The prospect of some random person accessing it would be minimal given the amount of content on YouTube.”
Mr Davies added: “She obviously feels very passionately about the subject.
“It would be a very, very strong thing to say that a criminal penalty should be imposed on someone for singing in polemical terms about matters for which she feels so strongly, especially given the very limited nature of the subject of the charges against her.
“However offensive Mrs Chabloz’s lyrics might have been to some, they do not cross the line into grossly offensive and she ought, on that account, be acquitted.
“There is a very high hurdle to be jumped to show that she has gone beyond what she is entitled do.”
Chabloz told the court: “My songs are not a product of hate, they are a product of love, trying to free them from this atrocity propaganda.”
Mr Mulholland asked: “Do you believe that Jews, as a group, are more likely to lie?”
Chabloz replied: “In their holy scripture, the Talmud, it is even encouraged. In the Talmud there are verses that say Jews who lie are following their religious duties.
“These are song lyrics, these are not a PhD thesis – they are silly songs.”
Mr Mulholland replied: “They are silly songs? They are songs designed to abuse.”
Chabloz replied: “These are songs that nobody was obliged to listen to.”
She insisted that she was not a member of the far-right, claiming that she was pro-Palestinian and a “Holocaust revisionist.”
In one of the songs, the ex-music teacher sings about the ‘Holohoax’ before asking: “Did the Holocaust even happen, was it just a bunch of lies?”
Mr Mulholland questioned her on the subject of ethnicity, asking: “Is it fair to say that you take the view that this country, being British, belongs to the whites?”
“Um, I take the view that Europe is a civilization and white Europeans have the right to fight to defend their civilization and their culture.”
“Do you consider Jewish people to be white?” asked the QC.
“Some of them certainly look white,” replied Chabloz, “I don’t consider Jews to be a race.”
Chabloz, of Charlesworth, Glossop, Derbyshire, denied but was convicted of three counts of sending by a public communications network an offensive, indecent or menacing message or material.
She was sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years and banned from posting on social media for a year.
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