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Report on Beth Israel vigil 10-06-12

Posted on October 14th, 2012 at 10:03 am by

Flag Makes Regular Appearance at JWPF Vigils

Plans to display our anti-Israel flag at our weekly vigils at Beth Israel Congregation are ongoing with a new flag in the works. This action will coincide with new signs challenging “Israel”‘s legitimacy.

Thank You Greta Berlin

There has certainly been a lot of cyber-yammering about the tweet from Free Gaza Movement spokeswoman Greta Berlin this week, and for us it raises some pertinent questions and issues. What, indeed, is “anti-Semitism” and why does it have any play in the Palestine solidarity movement? Who decides? Where does the power lie that punishes those who would dare link the holocaust to the invasion and dispossession of Palestine?

As Norman Finkelstein documented before he fully succumbed to “the dark side of the Force”, the holocaust has been the sword and shield of the Jewish state for decades, yet too seldom is it discussed thoroughly and openly. We note that there are fourteen countries where open deviation from the Holocaust Industry party line can land one in prison.

Those of us raised on the horror story of Germans manufacturing bars of soap out of Jewish victims are startled to find out these stories false. Binjamin Wilkomirski’s US National Jewish Book Award-winning holocaust memoir was revealed to be a literary hoax fabricated from whole cloth. Ditto Herman Rosenblat’s acclaimed concentration-camp-to-Coney-Island love story, which despite being proven false is still being made into a feature film. And the multimillionaire doyen of the Holocaust Industry is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights fraud as revealed in Mark Chmiel’s Elie Wiesel and the Politics of Moral Leadership (Temple UP, 20012).

Can we ask what else is false in the dominant holocaust narrative without receiving condemnation from friends and relatives? Vigiler M had the misfortune to suggest to a Jewish friend that, in light of Jewish lies about Palestine and the creation of Israel, e.g. “a land without people for a people without a land”, the dominant holocaust narrative should be probably viewed with a “healthy skepticism”. This Jewish friend trashed the ten-year relationship as though it never existed.

This is classic Jewish “victimhood” and arrogance at its worst. Former Knesset member Shulamit Aloni explained it this way to Amy Goodman (herself a Jewish power broker): “It’s a trick; we always use it. When from Europe somebody is criticizing Israel then we bring up the Holocaust. When in this country people are criticizing Israel then they are anti-Semitic.”

Perhaps the holocaust bogeyman will lose more of its manipulative power, and the cry of “anti-Semitism” also loses its power, if the peace community can muster up the courage to pry open the lid of this Pandora’s Box that the Greta Berlin affair has unlocked for us. Holocaust Wars, an on-topic paper by Paul Eisen, would be a good follow-up read to consider.


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