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Huckabee plays the Iran Holocaust trump card

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page.

Here it comes again, election season and the seemingly inevitable Israel love fest, Republicans and Democrats alike, this time focused on Iran. And the Holocaust.

Not the historical Holocaust in Europe, mind you. This Holocaust is on Israel’s horizon.

Enter Mike Huckabee, the perennial, all-purpose, Christian evangelical, Presidential hopeful, or publicity seeker, invoking the recently-brokered deal with Iran as the enabler of another Holocaust.  For Huckabee, making sure that Iran cannot acquire nuclear weapons, is just the opening Iran needs to destroy Israel.

Huckabee’s words are aimed to make his Holocaust point:

This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.

How often can the Holocaust ovens be invoked before people everywhere begin to see that, while Jews suffered terribly in Europe, it is the Palestinians in the Middle East who are suffering now?

It doesn’t help that on the Jewish side of the second Holocaust visionaries, Dennis Ross, one of our premier Middle East government experts, suggested the delivery of a fleet of B-52 bombers to Israel without delay. To keep the Holocaust futurists at bay?

Huckabee and Ross are warmongers. Huckabee demeans the Holocaust. Ross has fallen for the Iran-destroys-Israel bait.

The Holocaust trump card is employed so often now that everyone knows when it’s about to be played. Thus the power of the Holocaust and its memory of mass suffering diminishes. How much longer people will listen to invocations of the Holocaust and what power Holocaust memory will retain once the American political process finishes with it?

The Holocaust happened in real time. The virtual, future, Holocaust is another thing altogether. Israel is armed to its nuclear teeth. Israel’s expulsion of Palestinians and the occupation of the West Bank is planned, carried out as government policy and enforced by the Israeli army. Invasions of Palestinian territories and other Middle Eastern countries, as well as Israel’s alliances with those they invaded, is a strategy to insure Israel’s security through military dominance. Israeli expansion and domination is not a defense against a future Holocaust. Whatever happens to Israel because of these policies is on Israel.

Once upon a time, Jewish dissent regarding Israel’s policies toward Palestinians was held in check by the threat of another Holocaust. This “threat” was pedaled by the Jewish establishment, progressive Jews and liberal Christians repenting for Christian complicity in the Holocaust. Those days are over. They won’t return.

We are left with Holocaust spectacle, American Christian flag-wavers who know nothing about Jewish history and could care less about Jews. They know and care even less about Palestinians.

Is the Holocaust trump card destined to be in the hands of those who could care less about Jews and Palestinian? When the ovens of the Holocaust are invoked as the Jewish future it already is.

[P.S. President Obama today condemned Huckabee’s remarks.]

Marc H. Ellis

Marc H. Ellis is Professor of History and Jewish Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of the Global Prophetic. His latest book is Finding Our Voice: Embodying the Prophetic and Other Misadventures.

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  1. just on July 27, 2015, 12:52 pm

    “Whatever happens to Israel because of these policies is on Israel. ”


    Thank you for covering Ross’ outrageous suggestion, and Huckabee’s disgusting comments. Thanks for including the picture of the Huckster with Danon on illegal settlement land~ he’s obviously more concerned with Israel than he is with the US.

    Thanks, also, for including the link to President Obama’s remarks~ good for him!

  2. eljay on July 27, 2015, 1:05 pm

    How often can the Holocaust ovens be invoked before people everywhere begin to see that, while Jews suffered terribly in Europe, it is the Palestinians in the Middle East who are suffering now?

    Zio-supremacists believe that:
    – acts of injustice and immorality committed against Jews justify acts of injustice and immorality committed by Jews; and
    – Jews are entitled to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality they would not have others do unto them.

    And if that means whoring out the Holocaust, they’re happy to do it.

    • Mooser on July 28, 2015, 1:03 pm

      Remember that awful “JeffyB”s moral equivalency: “The Holocaust justifies the Nakba, completely”

      • eljay on July 29, 2015, 7:20 am

        || Mooser: Remember that awful “JeffyB”s moral equivalency: “The Holocaust justifies the Nakba, completely” ||

        This is the same JeffB who essentially asserted that “morality” = goal + methods. When it comes to actual morality, he was/is totally out to lunch.

  3. a blah chick on July 27, 2015, 2:06 pm

    So the country with 80 or more nukes is in dire peril from the country that doesn’t have any.

    That is some nuclear strength stupid.

  4. JLewisDickerson on July 27, 2015, 2:33 pm

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    • Marnie on July 28, 2015, 7:37 am

      Barack Obama is a statesman. He is the president of the US. He deserves to be respected as such. Mike Huckabee just doesn’t seem to get that. I think he’s definitely trying to win points from his Israeli handlers by being so disrespectful to President Obama. I know he’s made mistakes but no other president has had to work with a congress that eagerly goes against him, even when they agree. I feel badly for the president, his family and his daughters and pray for their safety.

      • just on July 28, 2015, 10:58 am


        So many in Congress and nearly all of the 16 Republican clown contenders have shown nothing close to respect for this President, thereby disrespecting the majority of Americans who voted for this man twice.

  5. Citizen on July 27, 2015, 4:04 pm

    When hillbillies & jews join together, we know, as Huckabee just tweeted, the Jews are about to be hit with a nuke mushroom cloud over themselves.

    • Mooser on July 28, 2015, 1:06 pm

      “When hillbillies & jews join together…”

      Of course! “The Beverly Hillelbillies”!

      • just on July 28, 2015, 2:56 pm

        I. can’t. stop. laughing.


  6. traintosiberia on July 27, 2015, 4:38 pm

    This comment came when Huckabee was about to be interviewed by Fox where the host suggested” [ before going into let me ask you about Iran deal]” , something of this nature-off the cuff comment – how is the weather in your backyard . It immediately set this man on fire like as if there were about to be no Jews left by Iran on this new planet transformed by the deal. Given the rapidity and coherence in his soundbites ,it seems he was whispered and marinated .

    He didn’t discuss anything else on tat snippet . It was Iran . That was all to it.
    Who decided to throw that question? Fox anchor. Why didn’t he ask him about his health given the evident obesity, ? Why didn’t he ask police violence? Why didn’t he ask about the unemployment among youth ,among college graduates? Why didn’t he ask about drug epidemic or marijuahna legalization? Why didn’t he ask him about immigration ? Why didn’t he ask him about the effects of the Iraq war on our economy and health of the veterans? Why didn’t he ask him why EU and UN were supporting this deal but not Israel?

    It seems that stenographers can change sides and roles very comfortably . Before elections,questions are asked for a desired answer and for a desired narrow movement within a defined space . Wandering off is prevented by the very nature of the fence .They know what answer to give to remain electable by the Fox . They behave like a good stenographer having learnt what to say and what not to.

    Once these chosen one become president or cabinet members or opposition leaders ,he can carry on those roles defined at the outset of the election season . Now these elected officials vomit those out and the real stenographers return to Fox or WSJ to jot the political account down as divine truth without any exploration or challenges or question.
    But none has returned,they have been in the game all the time . After the election reporters and anchors marvel as stenographers . Before the election ,politicians are the stenographers.

  7. traintosiberia on July 27, 2015, 5:54 pm

    Kurtzer also questioned the logic of critics who insist that Iran wouldn’t necessarily react in a provocative way if Washington were unable to implement the deal due to congressional rejection. The agreement requires Tehran to drastically reduce the number of its working centrifuges and ship out almost all of its enriched uranium stockpile so that it would be at least one year from nuclear “break-out” status. But in the event of congressional rejection, Kurtzer predicted that Iran would almost certainly retain its current capability of achieving “break-out” in two months or less. “That’s the part [of the criticism of the deal] that makes no sense to anybody looking at the agreement,” he said.

    Unfortunately neocons still take American stupidities for granted. They take the poor attention span for granted.
    Neocons will say Iran will cheat or ignore or attack depending on what at a given time will suit their arguments . But next moment when they are asked that Iran most surely would do all those if US forsakes negotiations and kills the deals, they try to emphasize that fear- stricken Iran wouldn’t dare to do any of those .
    They had offered similar arguments that Iraq had nukes and mushroom cloud was rising on the horizon and Iraq would strike but Iraq would do none of those if we attacked him first.

  8. Citizen on July 27, 2015, 8:30 pm

    It’s always young Nazi Germany Era and everybody critical of Israel’s policies and conduct is Hitler. Illinois just made criticism of Israel an economic crime.

  9. Louieknoxville on July 28, 2015, 11:47 am

    Huckabee doesn’t seem to grasp the enormity of Israel’s treacherous actions in the Jonathan Pollard affair.
    Israel’s actions. by giving the Soviets the (stolen) secret locations of the network of US Navy underwater listening stations, put over 50% of the US population within easy reach of the Soviet nuclear armed submarine fleet during the height of the Cold War. This was not a situation where Israel made their decision after careful analysis of the FUTURE risks (like the Iran deal) that their deal with the Soviets MIGHT HAVE on the US.
    No, Israel knew that the US secrets they passed on to the USSR would have an IMMEDIATE impact on US security. Israel knew that it was a period of deteriorating relations between the US and USSR, they knew that the USSR had nuclear capabilities and a submarine fleet capable of delivering these weapons. They knew that the USSR was very actively trying to penetrate US coastal defenses. Yet Israel said f**k you America, our self interests are more important than the security of 125 million Americans. Israel put America on the brink of 20 holocausts.

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