When I was a young journalist we said that three instances make a trend. This trend is about public figures seeing the Holocaust resonating in the Gaza conflict. First, Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at Tufts University on September 15 and was asked about Israel/Palestine and the Holocaust.
Questioner: “Eva Mosley, I’m not a student, I’m not an alumna, but I was a faculty wife. I was also a Holocaust refugee and I’m extremely concerned that Jews don’t do to another people what was done to them–”
Warren: “I think that’s fair.”
Mosley: “You recently said that you believe that Israel has the right to self-defense. Do you also believe that the Palestinians have a right to self-defense?”
Warren: “Of course. So, and the answer is yes. The direction we ought to be moving is not toward more war. The direction we need to be moving, as I said, I believe we need to move to a two-state solution where both peoples can be secure and safe within their own borders. So, I’m there.”
The real news here is that folks cheered Mosley’s concern and Warren says Palestinians have a right to self-defense. Note that Warren has run away from this issue in recent weeks, and been widely ridiculed on the left. (Daniel Halper got to her Tufts speech first, Weekly Standard.)
Next, here’s Deborah Lipstadt, the scholar of the Holocaust, who will address the topic of anti-Semitism at Yale tonight, speaking at the Hampstead Synagogue in London last Thursday. From the Camden New Journal:
she criticised Israel over its conduct of its war on Gaza.
The professor told the more than 300 guests – among them many leading members of the Jewish community, including survivors of the Holocaust – that the Israel government had “cheapened” the memory of the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews by using it to justify the war on the Palestinians. She also seemed to liken the war as an act of “genocide” against the Palestinians.
Her barb came at the end of a talk on the danger of the memory of the Holocaust being lost as the last survivors died.
I’m afraid there is no more precision in the quotes at that link. Maybe she’ll explain herself tonight. Update: Lipstadt has now said that Gaza was not genocide.
But check this out: scholar Simon Schama on twitter is not above using the Holocaust to justify Israel’s slaughter of Gazans.
Jews lost one million children, one million in Holocaust none of which belonged to communities firing rockets and digging death tunnels
Notice “death tunnels.” Ala “death camps.” Jim Benham responds:
Here is a warning label for zionism. It makes very smart men like Schama say and believe stupid things.