I understand it’s incomparable since we’re talking about something past and another ongoing. But it’s the dominant discourse that we’re trapped in that pushed me to do this. I’m not sure if any of you saw Alice Rothchild’s recent article here, ‘Shunned’. But this same person sent pretty much the same email to my university management and heads of departments trying to silence me saying, “This student wants to teach us as children of Holocaust survivors what is anti-Semitism and what is apartheid. Both conceptions this student of your department does not understand and uses these terms for anti-Jewish agitation.” He wrote this with reference to my latest AJ article: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/ihra-anti-semitism-definition-won-protect-israeli-apartheid-180911101426078.html
This is one example of many incidents online and offline, which I constantly have to deal with. Even when I was in Gaza, collectively under heavy rain of Israeli missiles, I had ignorant people attacking me online for daring to expose Israel’s crimes against us, slamming my firsthand experiences as lies and painting us as the new Nazis who want to destroy the only safe haven for world Jewry. The link between Israel and holocaust is deeply rooted in people’s psyche. Of course this is a result of decades of propaganda that Israel constructed to justify its legitimacy. Amidst this, our struggle and suffering is being marginalised and often silenced.
I understand that the guilt is not resulted from genuine remorse. Otherwise, as Joe Smack pointed out, they would have acknowledged other atrocities they’re complicit in, and learnt to not inflect similar crimes against others or support any regime that does so. The guilt itself speaks of so much ignorance. How does supporting a settler-colonial and apartheid criminal state help Europeans make up for their guilt? Challenging racism wherever and whenever it happens should be the way. This entails de-normalising Israel and supporting Palestinians’ struggle for justice and the collective liberation of all its inhabitants, including Israeli Jews.