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Gaza as the Warsaw Ghetto

Over at Open Democracy, Vera Gowlland-Debbas - Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, no less - would have us believe that Gaza is comparable to the Warsaw Ghetto.

...the Warsaw ghetto was established by German decree on October 12, 1940 and sealed off from the rest of the city. "The ghetto was enclosed by a wall that was over 10 feet high, topped with barbed wire, and closely guarded to prevent movement between the ghetto and the rest of Warsaw. The population of the ghetto...was estimated to be over 400,000 Jews. German authorities forced ghetto residents to live in an area of 1.3 square miles, with an average of 7.2 persons per room."

The ghetto was established as a prelude to the continent-wide project of extermination which aimed at the physical elimination of every single Jew from the north of Norway to North Africa and from the Channel Islands to the heart of Russia. The Jews in the Ghetto didn't have their very own international aid organization to provide for their basic needs and there was no Jewish political entity down the road which enjoyed a limited measure of peace and prosperity despite being occupied by Germany. No Jewish organization had ever sworn to destroy Germany and turn it into a Jewish state. No Jewish organization had ever fired thousands of rockets at Germany towns and cities. No Jewish organization had sent suicide bombers into Germany and slaughtered hundreds of Germans while they went about their lawful business.

I could go on but one grows weary. Gagging, panting and slavering to make comparisons of this nature is the permanent condition of antisemitic scum like Gowlland-Debbas and Joseph Massad. He's the "intellectual" with a nice job at Columbia University who believes that homosexuals in Arab countries are a product of Western influence and conspiracies. You can find a new article by him on one of the leading pro-Hamas websites in which he whistles the "Israel is the new Nazi Germany and Gaza is the new Warsaw Ghetto" tune at great length and with evident glee. If you are desperate to read it you won't have difficulty finding it, but I am not going to link to it.

As Bradley Burston says,

Jew-haters the world over adore this one [the Gaza as the Warsaw Ghetto analogy]. It solves a number of problems at once: It denies and diminishes and exploits the Holocaust, does disrespect to Holocaust victims and survivors alike, alleviates European guilt over complicity with the Nazis, alleviates American guilt over inaction in the face of the annihilation machine, misrepresents both the cruel reality of the Gaza Strip and the cruel reality of the ghetto, dismisses the humanity and the vulnerability of the million Israeli Jews and Arabs within rocket range, and ignores completely the role of Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, the Popular Resistance Committees, and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, in having sent thousands and thousands and thousands of rockets and mortars into Israel.

As well as all this, the grotesque nature of the analogy in a strange way serves the interests of Israel. It is so obviously mounted on bad faith, contempt for truth and reason and hatred of Jews that it allows Israelis to say, "Just look at the sort of thing they are saying about us, who can believe a word of criticism of our policies that comes from such putrid sources?"


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