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Boteach likens Jews pushing for Palestinian state to Jews who helped Nazis

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The headline and deck of this article by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach at Tablet are incredible.

Hitler’s Secret Weapon Was Coercing Jews to Destroy Themselves

Will we do it again?

When Hannah Arendt wrote about Jewish leaders who collaborated with the Nazis in her book Eichmann in Jerusalem (1963), she was pilloried by establishment Jews for blaming the Jews for their own destruction. Or as Arendt said, an “organized campaign… by certain interest groups” to say that “I allegedly had claimed that the Jews had murdered themselves.”

But this is unlikely to happen to Rabbi Shmuley, even though he goes well beyond Arendt’s criticism of the “leadership” toward a general description of Jews’ roles as accomplices.

The Nazis, I have come to understand, would eradicate the Jewish nation by always holding out the possibility that, against most of the evidence, some might still live. The Jews were led to believe that if they just cooperated, their children would survive…

At almost every step of the way, the Jews were forced into cooperating with the very plans drawn up to exterminate them. The Jews, the Germans thought, could provide the manpower the Nazis lacked only if they could be persuaded that if they went along with the program they would be put to productive work.

The Nazis forced the Jews to create their own self-administering councils, Judenrats, in the ghettos. When visiting the Lodz Ghetto, I stood at the exact spot where Chaim Rumkowski gave his notorious “Give Me Your Children” speech in September of 1942. As chairman of the Lodz Judenrat, Rumkowski had decided to turn the ghetto into a factory, believing that only by being useful to the Nazis could its inhabitants be spared…

In the camps themselves, the Jews were forced into Sonderkommando units, where Jewish inmates were put to work disposing of the millions of bodies left lifeless in the gas chambers. They too were threatened with constant death, yet were twinned with a chance at life so long as they complied with the Nazi program.

Boteach has an axe to grind: Jews are now collaborating in the destruction of Israel. Even Jews who support a Palestinian state!

With Iran calling for a second Holocaust in the state of Israel—threatening constantly as they do to raze Israeli cities to the ground and wipe Israel off the map—Israel must react to its threats before they can be realized. Genocidal rhetoric in our time must be something that is resisted completely. In Rwanda too, the Hutus called the Tutsis “cockroaches” well before launching their genocide campaign.

So too with regard to Hamas and even the Palestinian Authority. We cannot cede land for a Palestinian State in the hope of demographic survival when in doing so we might find ourselves in a three-front war from Gaza, Judea, and Samaria in the West Bank, and Lebanon aimed at Israel’s annihilation. Israel simply cannot afford even the slightest risk of being deceived into walking toward its own demise, all in the promise of peace by those who speak openly of a new genocide of the Jews.

Boteach says that the lesson of the Holocaust is that we have to be on guard at the first signs of genocide. But he doesn’t mention taking action against current genocidal emergencies in Sudan, Iraq, Somalia, the Central African Republic, Syria, Myanmar, and Yemen. In nearly all of those places Muslims are the targets.

In addition, it is funny that Boteach thinks he has singlehandedly discovered how the Germans got away with genocide– “I believe this journey has given me a clue. The Nazis, I have come to understand…”– when his insight about Jewish collaboration is one that many historians have documented before.

Thanks to an anonymous friend.

Philip Weiss

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  1. eljay on July 24, 2017, 1:31 pm

    Boteach is a hateful and immoral Jewish supremacist who seems to believe that Jews:
    – should not act like the Jews who helped the Nazis; but, rather,
    – should act like the Nazis.

    • JWalters on July 24, 2017, 7:58 pm

      Precisely. A truly sick person.

    • Misterioso on July 25, 2017, 11:21 am

      However, Boteach further confirms that the Zionist zealots are in panic mode. Jews around the world, especially all important youth, are realizing they have been duped, that Zionism is an evil fraud.

  2. Ossinev on July 24, 2017, 1:44 pm

    An interesting but entirely predictable synopsis by Smiley Shmuley. Has anyone directly asked this Rabbinical Dickhead precisely what he proposes to do with the native Palestinians. Presumably it would involve some sort of forced rounding up and ghettoisation with or without the work making free carrot.
    The ethnic cleansing which ( in the absence of extermination ) I presume would be his ideal biblical solution is a non starter because the Lebanese , Syrians, Egyptians and Jordanians would refuse entry to the cattle trains or delivery trucks and air freight would be out of the question. Perhaps he is thinking along the lines of buying a few thousand inflatable boats dumping them on to the boats in the Mediterranean ( probably without life jackets – think Zio budget) and obliging the feverishly anti – Israel EU to save them and give them refugee status.

    A truly moral and compassionate Zionist Jew and a light unto all religions.

    • Keith on July 24, 2017, 4:47 pm

      OSSINEV- “Has anyone directly asked this Rabbinical Dickhead precisely what he proposes to do with the native Palestinians.”

      Probably seek advice from his genocidaire buddy Paul Kagame who is responsible for the death of millions. Rabbi Boteach is very comfortable with the big lie to justify his agenda, twisting factual reality to suit his purpose.

  3. Edward Q on July 24, 2017, 3:48 pm

    He should visit the concentration camp in Gaza.

    • echinococcus on July 24, 2017, 7:16 pm

      Nah. If he goes there, he’ll ask for the place to be cleaned out so he can snap a selfie as he did in Auschwitz.

      • Edward Q on July 24, 2017, 10:16 pm

        The airport in no longer functioning and that will be a problem.

      • echinococcus on July 26, 2017, 2:14 am

        Meaning they won’t let him in at Ben Gurion?

  4. James Canning on July 25, 2017, 1:10 pm

    If Boteach actually believes Iran seeks the military destruction of Israel, he is a fool. In fact, Israel’s failure to end the occupation of the West Bank is Israel’s most serious problem.

  5. Boris on July 25, 2017, 3:13 pm

    I just finished reading Booth’s article and NOWHERE he is making a connection between Jews who were forced to cooperate with Nazis and today’s Jews who volunteer, as well as being paid, to work against Israel.

    I guess your guilty conscience is trying to talk to you…

  6. Boris on July 25, 2017, 3:30 pm

    … Boteach’s article …

    • YoniFalic on July 25, 2017, 4:52 pm

      Which Jews does Boris think Boteach would identify to act in collaboration or in collusion in destroying themselves? Lubavitchers like Boteach try to do outreach and to avoid identifying potential returnees as mosrim (informers or traitors).

      I don’t know whether Boteach wrote the subtitle, but it does ask, “Will we do it again?”

      In addition to my question above, I have to add that Boteach’s Tablet article was completely vacuous and a prime example of Jewish omphaloskepsis.

      The Ukrainians were probably the most zealous murderers of Jews during the Holocaust. As an historian (or lawyer) I could even make a good case that Ukrainians were the leaders and the German Nazis were the followers in perpetrating mass murder of Jews. (My thoughts on this subject have not crystallized. I must do more study.)

      The reason for the animosity is obvious. Jewish Sovs were disproportionately the prime planners and the prime perpetrators of the Holodomor in the Ukraine. The Holocaust was for the most part blowback and not particularly exceptional as this type of outrage builds to a bloody climax, but Boteach and his sort are too blind to see the facts as Israel heads for a similar bloody climax.

      • annie on July 25, 2017, 5:38 pm

        yoni, when i first heard about the holodomor there were a lot of ukranian sites and references about the specific perpetrators (jewish authorities/criminals), i think they even had a trial in absentia. but just a few years later i googled it and the online information was severely curtailed and altered/white-washed. as for the claim for the holocaust being blowback for the holodomor, i have never read that but the thought crossed my mind especially considering the closeness in time between the 2 genocides.

      • Mooser on July 25, 2017, 6:36 pm

        ” but Boteach and his sort are too blind to see the facts as Israel heads for a similar bloody climax.”

        Well, as I remember, Boteach wrote the book on that.

      • Boris on July 25, 2017, 7:02 pm

        This comment is a typical antisemitic demagogic response of an ignoramus.

        Antisemitic because it is typical for an antisemite to blame Jews for their persecution.

        Demagogic because it attempts to switch the subject of this discussion.

        Ignoramus – because there are a lot of material on the subject – Timothy Snyder’s ” Bloodlands” that first comes to mind. Plus it is a well known that Ukrainians were murdering Jews long before the Holodomor – the artificial famine that had affected not only the Ukraine. And blaming the Jews for this famine is another example of antisemitism.

      • Talkback on July 26, 2017, 8:41 am

        Boris: “This comment is a typical antisemitic demagogic response of an ignoramus.

        Antisemitic because it is typical for an antisemite to blame Jews for their persecution.”

        Yeah, it’s not that Yonifalic is an Israeli Minister for Regional Cooperation who claims that the Palestinian will bring another Nakba upon themselves, right?

  7. yourstruly on July 26, 2017, 1:15 am

    So Jews who support justice for the Palestinian people are Capos, and never mind that the Capos ended up in the same crematoria as all the other Jews and non-Jews held in the Nazi slave camps. The similarity between Nazis and Zionists is that both believe themselves to be superior to the people (Jews and Palestinians, respectively) that they are enslaving. Evidently In their minds these feelings of superiority justify committing the most heinous of all crimes, genocide. While said feeling of superiority may allow Zionists such as Rabbi Shmuley Boteach to plead not guilty to the charge of having been an accessory to genocide, when they are tried at the International Court of Justice, I doubt that the jury will see it their way.

    As for us Jews who support the cause of justice for the Palestinian people, their liberation from the chains of Zionism will be our reward, realizing as we do that one is either on the side of the slave or the slaveholder (no matter the slaveholder be of the same religion/ethnicity/nationality as us), and that until the last chain is broken, none of us will be free. And unlike how history looks upon the Capos we will be seen as freedom-fighters!

  8. Mooser on July 26, 2017, 12:50 pm

    Capo vs. kapo.

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