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Response to oberliner (Reply #73)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 08:04 AM

75. The Israelis compare the Palestinians to Nazis

Just this week, Avigdor Lieberman compared the European support for Palestine's UNGA resolution to the appeasement of the Nazis prior to World War II. Presumably, then, the Palestinians are the Nazis in that analogy, and Mahmoud Abbas is Hitler.

That is nothing uncommon. Israelis have been comparing all of their opponents in the middle East to Nazis essentially since the birth of the state. Nasser was Hitler, Arafat was Hitler, Saddam Hussein was Hitler and now Ahmadinejad is Hitler.

This despite the fact that the number of Muslims killed by virtually any Israeli PM vastly exceeds the number of Jews killed by any of the above Arab leaders, and not merely because of lack of opportunity. Ahmadinejad is nearly out of office and hasn't even started killing any of the 25 000 Jews that reside in Iran. If he is Hitler, he's something of an underachiever.

Frankly, it would be a good thing if people forswore gratuitous Nazi comparisons, I find them dull and arid myself.

But I think both Israeli and many diaspora Jewish commentators need to apply that rule to themselves before they can start to demand compliance of others.

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