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I suppose it was bound to happen eventually; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said BDS, the Palestinian led nonviolent global movement for justice in Palestine, resembled Nazi Germany. He said it during a meeting with Poland’s Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna today, in speaking of the “defamation” of the Jewish people in Poland when Nazis controlled the country.

“The attacks on the Jews were always preceded by the slander of the Jews. What was done to the Jewish people then is being done to the Jewish state now,” Netanyahu said.

“In those days we could do nothing. Today we can speak our mind, hold our ground. We’re going to do both.”

Last week Netanyahu told a Las Vegas conference on BDS that American supporters were the “front line” in a fight against BDS; and in a speech last year at an Israel lobby group, Netanyahu mentioned BDS 18 times in denouncing it. Last week, Netanyahu’s former minister of finance Yair Lapid said that the same people responsible for the 9/11 attacks were behind the BDS movement.

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  1. amigo
    amigo on June 15, 2015, 4:47 pm

    The good news is we can,t get any worse.Is there anyone or thing worse than Nazi Germany.

    Btw, is the Polish FM laughing at that statement by nietanyahu.

    • John O
      John O on June 15, 2015, 5:05 pm

      The Vogons. (They demolished Earth to make way for a hyperspace bypass, or something.)

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976 on June 15, 2015, 5:22 pm

        As I remember, the Vogons of the Hitchhiker’s Guide were evil only in the banal, bureaucratic sort of way – the Earthlings hadn’t submitted an objection to the bypass to the appropriate galactic authority in time for the deadline.

      • a blah chick
        a blah chick on June 15, 2015, 5:26 pm

        Resistance is Useless!

        You know, they do sound like Israeli politicians.

      • amigo
        amigo on June 15, 2015, 5:28 pm

        The zionists probably admire the Vogons.Professional courtesy–both involved in the demolition business.

        Nope –it is still Nazi Germany followed by I-ran.

      • Xpat
        Xpat on June 15, 2015, 8:27 pm

        The Vogons in general were bloodyminded, incompetent bureacrats, but the Vogon captain in charge of destroying Earth also had an unpleasant personality disorder. Actually he was a . His psychiatrist (who gave him counseling sessions by some early, intergalactic version of Skype) was happy to be many light years away from his psycopath patient.

        Like Israel, the Vogon system was terrible but it still takes committed individuals to keep it going.

      • RoHa
        RoHa on June 15, 2015, 10:46 pm

        The Guide says “They are one of the most unpleasant races in the galaxy – not actually evil, but bad tempered, bureaucratic, officious and callous. They wouldn’t even lift a finger to save their own grandmothers from the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal without an order, signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public enquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters. If you want to get a lift from a Vogon, forget it. They are vile and ill tempered. If you want to get a drink from a Vogon, stick your finger down his throat. If you want to annoy a Vogon, feed his grandmother to the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal.
        On no account allow a Vogon to read poetry at you”

        http://hitchhikers.wikia.com/wiki/Vogon

        Vogon poetry is the third worts in the universe.

        http://hitchhikers.wikia.com/wiki/Vogon_Poetry

      • RoHa
        RoHa on June 16, 2015, 2:00 am

        I meant “the third worst”, but for all I know it might be the third worts as well.

      • eljay
        eljay on June 16, 2015, 11:47 am

        || RoHa: I meant “the third worst” … ||

        I guess I can finally stop wondering whether or not I ought to correct you. ;-)

      • piotr
        piotr on June 16, 2015, 8:11 pm

        Perusing the link to Hitchhiker wikis I found an actual motivation for destroying Earth that suggests that the plan of hyperspace bypass was not accidental:

        ” The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator, Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Sussex, in the destruction of the planet Earth. Vogon poetry is mild by comparison.”

  2. Citizen
    Citizen on June 15, 2015, 5:03 pm

    It would be funny except too many American leaders buy it–why not, that’s how to super speed your political career in USA? Also give kudos to America’s hasbara stenographers, formerly known as journalists.

  3. a blah chick
    a blah chick on June 15, 2015, 5:23 pm

    Oh my dear Lords, I just saw the latest offering from the Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

    If I was more media savvy I would include a link so picture this: a 50 second animated cartoon depicting “real life in Gaza” and done in the style of South Park. A blonde newsman is talking about life in Gaza while in the background Hamas dudes transport missiles into tunnels behind his back. At the end a guy standing underneath a rainbow flag (!) has a bag put over his head and is kidnapped. The blonde man is clueless about all this until a young woman gives him some glasses that allow him to see “the truth”…whereupon he faints dead away.

    You really have to be some kind of psychopathic personality to put out something like this and ask for people to take it seriously, and to do it the day after you’ve exonerated your military for the brutal killing of children. That’s vile.

    If you have the stomach for it Rania Khalek has a link on her Twitter account

    • Walid
      Walid on June 16, 2015, 7:38 am

      “You really have to be some kind of psychopathic personality to put out something like this and ask for people to take it seriously, and to do it the day after you’ve exonerated your military for the brutal killing of children. That’s vile.” (abc)

      Would you expect anything less from these people knowing how at one time Rabin gave truncheons to the IDF soldiers and ordered them to break the bones of children? Wiki mentions:

      “… In an article in the London Review of Books, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt asserted that IDF soldiers were given truncheons and encouraged to break the bones of Palestinian protesters. The Swedish branch of Save the Children estimated that “23,600 to 29,900 children required medical treatment for their beating injuries in the first two years of the Intifada”, one third of whom were children under the age of ten years old.”

      Australian TV documentary on Israel dealing with Palestinian children:

  4. eljay
    eljay on June 15, 2015, 5:42 pm

    It would be easy to say that Bibi’s insane, but that would absolve him of his evil intentions. The hatred he spews, the (war) crimes he commits and/or condones, the supremacism he advocates and defends – they’re all done intentionally and with malice aforethought. He is a world-class piece of hateful and immoral scum.

    • Citizen
      Citizen on June 15, 2015, 6:38 pm

      And he has 200+ nukes that will reach anywhere, including to the USA; remember, he thinks all non-jewish folks are out to get him, just waiting for the chance. Acorn off the tree.

    • Pippilin
      Pippilin on June 22, 2015, 3:58 pm

      Definitely not insane. A shrewd psychopath, for sure. He believes, like the German Nazis before him, that if a lie is repeated often enough, the people will believe it.

  5. JWalters
    JWalters on June 15, 2015, 6:01 pm

    Bibi’s a bit like a combination of Bernie Madoff and Richard Nixon. He sells Jews a war zone by calling it a safe haven, and he keeps the war profits rolling with his secret peace plan.

  6. dx
    dx on June 15, 2015, 8:20 pm

    Like the boy who cried “wolf,” Netanyahu and his cohorts are the folks who cry “Nazi.” The analogy has lost all impact. It sounds like so much whining at this point. As far as BDS goes, in spite of the efforts of some folks, legislation in America cannot stop it. If I choose not buy Israeli products and not visit the country, that’s my decision. If I want to support BDS or hold a rally, that’s free speech. If the idea that Israel is stealing land through settlements, practices institutional racism and discrimination, and as a society has decided that Jewish supremacy is acceptable and that all men are not created becomes the way Americans generally see Israeli society, no amount of Israeli officials belly aching can stop it. Example: gay rights and gay marriage. You are generally considered bigoted or at best unenlightened if you still spout anti-gay rhetoric. That’s a huge change form 15 years ago.

  7. Kay24
    Kay24 on June 15, 2015, 8:48 pm

    Aw, the drama queen is at it again, but this time I think he has stretched it too far by comparing BDS to Nazi Germany. Most rational people will be able to see the difference, and by now those people do not take this man seriously. After all, didn’t he hold up a cartoon bomb and say that Iran was months away from getting a nuclear weapon? How many months has been by now, and yet no sign of an Iranian attack. All the threats and attacks have come from Booby man and his bandits, in fact they WANT to stop negotiations between Iran and the other nations, preferring to have Americans wage a war, and bomb Iran at our expense.

    I wish the Polish leader had put diplomacy aside and called it sheer Bull crap.

  8. piotr
    piotr on June 15, 2015, 9:00 pm

    By JODI RUDORENJAN. 15, 2014
    Photo

    Dov Lipman, a rabbi and a sponsor of the bill, has had the word Nazi flung at him. Credit Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times

    JERUSALEM — Israel is on the brink of banning the N-word. N as in Nazi, that is.

    Parliament gave preliminary approval on Wednesday to a bill that would make it a crime to call someone a Nazi — or any other slur associated with the Third Reich — or to use Holocaust-related symbols in a noneducational way. The penalty would be a fine of as much as $29,000 and up to six months in jail.

    Wiser heads prevailed, so Israel can conduct its foreign policy as before.

    • traintosiberia
      traintosiberia on June 15, 2015, 10:00 pm

      The N- word and the H – word have been carrying halo myth inscrutability ,and an immense psychological separation from mundane worldly experiences . That mystical unknowability was the 20 th century version of being chosen being divinely blessed and being tasked with duties to remain as a beacon of light unto the nation . Unfortunately the frequent domestic use or sbuse have started diluting the impact and have started poaching on the claims of Jewish exclusiveness.
      This is the reason for this belated attempt to reverse the decline .
      Any enemy could be Hitler but the Holocaust is unique to Jewish and would remain so. No Jewish coud be called Nazi but the ethnocentric corporate welfare state could be built for particular ethnic group eliminating other claimants to the land or to the political system.

  9. Kris
    Kris on June 15, 2015, 9:29 pm

    Now that Nutanyahoo is comparing BDS to Nazi Germany, is it okay for us to post comparisons of Nazi Germany and Israel? They have a lot in common.

    • lysias
      lysias on June 16, 2015, 3:09 pm

      Since a wife of a famous ancient historian who was famous in her own right as a historian, who had lived through Nazi Germany, and who had a Jewish maiden name compared to me what Israel was doing to what Nazi Germany had done already back in the 1980’s, when we were both at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, this was obvious to some people with personal experience of the Nazis long ago.

  10. diasp0ra
    diasp0ra on June 16, 2015, 5:42 am

    Netanyahu, always the drama illama. The sad thing is that all this fear mongering has the side effect of de-legitimizing actual antisemitism.

    Don’t wag around a historic tragedy like a beating stick.

  11. Sparzo
    Sparzo on June 16, 2015, 6:03 am

    Comparing the Jewish State State to Nazi Germany which by the way , has a lot in common, can be prosecuted in the west especially in France. It certainly will not be printed in the western media, and one will be banned by the paper for posting it.

    Is the Jewish State of Israel the most powerful state on earth?.
    Is Netanyahu the most powerful man on earth. FIFA, Orange, German foreign minister, Ban Ki Moon and the UN reports, in a week? The list is endless.

    • Froggy
      Froggy on June 16, 2015, 6:09 pm

      Sparzo : “Comparing the Jewish State State to Nazi Germany which by the way , has a lot in common, can be prosecuted in the west especially in France.”

      True.

      Nevertheless, I’ll keep pointing out the many similarities between Nazi Germany and Israel to anyone who will listen. It’s just a matter of time before someone reports me, I’m arrested, tried, fined, and sent to jail.

      BDS, being a boycott movement, has killed and tortured no one; whilst Israel has tortured and murdered thousands of innocent civilians, including many children. It is clear who the Nazis are.

      Froggy, writing from France

      • RoHa
        RoHa on June 16, 2015, 8:44 pm

        ‘”Comparing the Jewish State State to Nazi Germany which by the way , has a lot in common, can be prosecuted in the west especially in France.”

        True.’

        Even though you lot are a bunch of rabid-anti-Semites from whom Jews are fleeing in their millions?

      • Froggy
        Froggy on June 17, 2015, 4:06 pm

        RoHa : “Even though you lot are a bunch of rabid-anti-Semites from whom Jews are fleeing in their millions?”

        It’s not the French Jews who are leaving, but the Maghribis. They came to France from North Africa, and they don’t want to be French. I doubt they’ll much like living in Israel.

        Everybody is equal under the law in France. That is intolerable to people who insist on being ‘special. Jews are no different or better than any other people in France. That must gall people like you who think they are better than everyone else. So you call us ‘anti-Semites’.

        We don’t care what you think. Real French Jews know better. They know that they are Frenchmen, and they know where they belong:

        http://www.nytimes.com/video/multimedia/100000003443029/netanyahu-visits-paris-synagogue-crowd-breaks-into-national-anth.html

      • Bornajoo
        Bornajoo on June 17, 2015, 5:36 pm

        RoHa : “Even though you lot are a bunch of rabid-anti-Semites from whom Jews are fleeing in their millions?”

        Froggy. I do believe that RoHa was being sarcastic!

      • Froggy
        Froggy on June 17, 2015, 6:27 pm

        Bornajoo : “Froggy. I do believe that RoHa was being sarcastic!”

        Perhaps. That ‘millions’ comment did give me pause, and the comment did seem un-RoHa-like.

        However, Jewish friends in the US, people I knew all my life, have said much the same thing (to my complete shock). They weren’t being sarcastic, sad to say.

      • RoHa
        RoHa on June 17, 2015, 7:13 pm

        You mean that Alicia

        http://mondoweiss.net/profile/alicia

        wasn’t quite telling the whole, unvarnished truth?

        How heartbreaking to think she would deceive me!

      • Froggy
        Froggy on June 18, 2015, 1:57 pm

        RoHa : “You mean that Alicia ”

        ?

  12. Sulphurdunn
    Sulphurdunn on June 16, 2015, 10:32 am

    There is something extremely paranoid, manipulative and ironic in hearing the prime minister of a nuclear power with one of the worlds most advanced armies and economies, conjuring up images of defenseless Jews in European ghettos to justify attacking any and all opposition to the prison ghetto created by his own.

  13. Sulphurdunn
    Sulphurdunn on June 16, 2015, 10:36 am

    There is something extremely paranoid, manipulative and ironic in hearing the prime minister of a nuclear power with one of the worlds most advanced armies and economies, conjuring up images of defenseless Jews in European ghettos to justify attacking any and all opposition to the defenseless prison ghetto created by his own.

    • Vera Gottlieb
      Vera Gottlieb on June 16, 2015, 11:52 am

      Bravo!

    • Chu
      Chu on June 16, 2015, 1:43 pm

      It’s deceptive and cynical Israeli politicians at work using
      judo-like political techniques to white wash their corrupt state.

      The position of the Israeli gov’t seems to be when you’re in a corner
      accuse someone else of something worse i.e. play offense. They usually
      accuse Muslims for everything, but BDS is their next target.

      This will motivate the US congress to write laws against BDS, as Congress
      is the collective handmaiden of the Jewish State- they change the curtains when Israel asks them for cover. All brought to you by American Jewish Zionism.

      • catalan
        catalan on June 16, 2015, 2:07 pm

        “The position of the Israeli gov’t seems to be when you’re in a corner accuse someone else of something worse i.e. play offense. – ” chu
        Try as I can, I can’t actually think of any other defense. As a kid in Bulgaria, some boys would call me a dirty Jew. Was I dirty? Kind of, but all of our hygiene was pretty horrible these days.
        Now I hear often, Jews are greedy. Are we greedy, sure enough. But are we greedier than other Americans or Hindus? Probably not.
        Likewise, Israel is far from ideal. That said, unless you somehow put it into perspective, that assessment is meaningless. Look at the Africans drowning from the coast of Italy. Or the Mexicans braving the Arizona desert. What are they running from? Well obviously something horrible.
        Or the hypocrisy charge. But who isn’t? I love shopping at Kohls, so cheap and good quality. But probably produced in horrible conditions by people making less than a dollar an hour in Bangladesh.
        The point is, perspective matters.

      • eljay
        eljay on June 16, 2015, 2:16 pm

        || catalan: “The position of the Israeli gov’t seems to be when you’re in a corner accuse someone else of something worse i.e. play offense. – ” chu

        Try as I can, I can’t actually think of any other defense. ||

        Really? Huh. Here’s an easy one: Accept responsibility (incl. appropriate punishment) for your mistakes/crimes, and resolve not to commit those mistakes/crimes again.

      • Keith
        Keith on June 16, 2015, 5:36 pm

        CATALAN- “Look at the Africans drowning from the coast of Italy. Or the Mexicans braving the Arizona desert. What are they running from? Well obviously something horrible.”

        As a self professed man of the world, I am sure that you are aware that in both cases these unfortunate folk are trying to escape the consequences of imperial policy. Neoliberalism and the militarism that it requires has turned much of the Third World into hell holes policed by death squads. Mexican farmers were devastated by NAFTA while facing the violence of the US instigated drug wars. Most of Latin America is still reeling from US supported death squads. It is much the same in Africa with violence and instability following the destruction of Libya and imperial support for Islamic terrorists as imperial legionnaires of destruction and instability. As an American, you share in the blame, as do I. And, yes, there is considerable hypocrisy in citing imperial depredations as somehow mitigating Israeli depredations. You seem entirely too comfortable in attempting to normalize outrageous circumstances and behavior behind a veneer of relative reasonableness.

      • catalan
        catalan on June 16, 2015, 6:43 pm

        Keith,
        I am not normalizing anything. That’s all human history is, at least since the beginning of civilization – wars, empires, revolutions, brutality. To quote Santayana, only the dead have seen the end of war.
        What do you propose as an achievable alternative? Something that enough people throughout the world would subscribe to, that would end the cycle of greed and violence.

      • Chu
        Chu on June 17, 2015, 9:49 am

        ‘Try as I can, I can’t actually think of any other defense.’

        When you get caught by someone, the usual mode for the rest of
        society is to admit that you were caught. I was remarking
        that Israel uses the tactic of ‘blame someone else somewhere’.

        That tactic is shady and irresponsible, and it’s no wonder why
        Israel has really no allies in the world. You think after 60+ years
        existing in the Arab world they’d have maybe one true ally.

        Why is it they have none?

      • Keith
        Keith on June 17, 2015, 6:36 pm

        CATALAN- “I am not normalizing anything.”

        Of course you are. Africans drowning off the coast of Italy, Mexicans braving the Arizona desert. Shit happens. Throw in the Palestinians, then shrug it all off and say only God knows. Nobody to blame, nothing to do, life goes on. What could be more normal than that? This is your attempt at a folksy version of whataboutery, even though you deny it. But then, you would say that wouldn’t you?

        As for providing perspective, who are you kidding? There is a huge difference between providing perspective (which I try to do) and diverting attention (your forte). So, for example, I think most Mondoweissers would benefit from knowing the extent to which powerful Zionists lend support to the neo-Nazis in the Ukraine. Hardly consistent with the claim of fear of anti-Semitism, is it? Or the extent to which US/Israel support the Islamic State and other groupings of Islamic fundamentalists, even as they pretend to be threatened by these very groups. Even now, the empire is utilizing the Afghan Taliban to “set ablaze Central Asia in the fire of terrorism, separatism and extremism.” http://www.globalresearch.ca/advance-of-the-islamic-state-isis-into-the-heartland-of-central-asia-the-us-plan-is-to-set-central-asia-ablaze-in-the-fire-of-terrorism-separatism-and-extremism/5455943

        Surely you are aware that to prioritize everything is to prioritize nothing? Ultimately, activists need to focus on one specific area. There are solidarity groups for the various victims of empire in Latin America, other groups focus on the environment, etc. Mondoweiss focuses on Israel/Palestine and related US foreign policy. As such, comments should be relevant to the focus of Mondoweiss. Of course, there may be occasional exceptions, however, when the exceptions become the rule, then the commenter becomes a troll. So, to provide “perspective” to an article or comment, you should show the relevance of your comment to the situation in Israel/Palestine or related US foreign policy. So, the relevance of the Mexicans braving the Arizona desert or the Africans drowning off the coast of Italy is that they are a direct consequence of US foreign policy, hardly your intended message.

        CATALAN- “What do you propose as an achievable alternative? Something that enough people throughout the world would subscribe to, that would end the cycle of greed and violence.”

        I am profoundly pessimistic about the future. My only slim hope is that through discussion enough people can become aware of the functioning of the global political economy to make a difference. The key social dysfunction which must be addressed is how to contain the struggle for power and the consequences thereof. In modern capitalism, money is power and the financial system the key to social control at the macro level. As long as there are oligarchs and they control the financial system, there is little which can be done.

  14. Vera Gottlieb
    Vera Gottlieb on June 16, 2015, 11:51 am

    Frankly, I am getting tired of this idiot spreading falsehoods in order to justify his murder of Palestinians. Can’t believe that the ‘civilized’ world even continues to give him any credence with all the BS he spews. He must smell something awful.

  15. Marnie
    Marnie on June 16, 2015, 12:27 pm

    If my family members had been killed by the nazis, I would be screaming for Yahoo’s head on a pike. His constant reference to the nazis and hitler by likening any movement that doesn’t kneel and kiss his ass or lick his boots is really beyond the pale. The real victims of hatred are buried in mass graves all over Europe, Africa, America, Asia and in the zionist “state” (e.g., Al-Tantura). The real victims are not the smug, smirking fat cat SOBs in the knesset or the blue-haired boobie known as bibi.

    • eljay
      eljay on June 16, 2015, 12:43 pm

      || Marnie @ June 16, 2015, 12:27 pm ||

      Very well said.

      • Bornajoo
        Bornajoo on June 16, 2015, 4:39 pm

        Ditto Eljay

        Great comment Marnie

    • Froggy
      Froggy on June 16, 2015, 7:51 pm

      Marnie : “If my family members had been killed by the nazis, I would be screaming for Yahoo’s head on a pike.”

      Mine were. The Germans wiped out an entire generation of our family’s males, and some of the girls too, all of whom ranged in age from between 15 and 21.

      They were taken from the house where I sit writing this, and executed on the public beach, less than 60 metres from here. Except for my 21 year-old aunt. She was taken away and tortured to death.

      Attrocities like this were happening all over occuoied Europe, as well as in Asia. Yet, they don’t study these atrocities in NY schools.

  16. Chu
    Chu on June 16, 2015, 1:30 pm

    Last time I checked BDS isn’t the one with a Auschwitz-Birkenau Gazan prison camp.

    Israel leaders have only become more duplicitous as decades
    of occupation have passed, and it shows us where Israel is headed.

  17. RobertHenryEller
    RobertHenryEller on June 16, 2015, 7:56 pm

    “The attacks on the Jews were always preceded by the slander of the Jews.” – Netanyahu

    We have to stop allowing Netanyahu to get away with calling BDS an attack on the Jews.

    BDS is directed against Israel for it’s war crimes. BDS is not directed against Jews.

    in fact, Netanyahu should not be allowed to claim that he speaks for Jews or Judaism. Netanyahu speaks for Israelis who pretend to be Jews. Netanyahu speaks for Zionists.

    I can no longer even think of Israelis as Jews. Jews obey the Ten Commamdments. Jews do not lie. Jews do not steal. Jews do not murder. Jews practice Rabbi Hillel’s Golden Rule. Netanyahu does not practice Judaism, so Netanyahu is not a Jew. Neither, apparently do most Israelis who call themselves Jews, but are also not Jews, because they do not practice all the Ten Commandments.

    Netanyahu has no right to speak as a Jew, or for Jews. Netanyahu has no right to appropriate The Holocaust.

    If Netanyahu wants to evoke Nazis, then we need to expand the vocabulary to define Netanyahu. Politely, Netanyahu is a phony Jew. Less politely, Netanyahu is the other thing.

  18. eGuard
    eGuard on June 17, 2015, 7:20 am

    I am confused. Is “Nazi” supposed to be a worse accusation than “anti-Semite”? As in, in diplomacy you can only step up accusations.

  19. bryan
    bryan on June 18, 2015, 8:45 am

    Netanyahu, for once, draws a valid historical parallel; wasn’t it Zionism that attempted to undermine an economic boycott of Nazi Germany in 1933, believing “that the tension between the Germans and the Jews would lead to massive emigration to Palestine. In short, the result was a tactical alliance between the Nazis and the founders of the modern-day state of Israel – a fact that many today would prefer be forgotten.” See http://www.wintersonnenwende.com/scriptorium/english/archives/articles/jdecwar.html

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