The holocaust card #2

Aloni died in 2014, a very decent woman, cared about human rights in the Occupied Territories. She was concerned about the turning right  of young israelis,and yes—the  instrumetalization of the holocaust. As Education Minister, she criticized organized tours by Israeli high school pupils to Holocaust concentration camps on grounds that such visits were turning Israeli youth into aggressive, nationalistic xenophobes, claiming that students “march with unfurled flags, as if they’ve come to conquer Poland”.

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In an interview with American journalist Amy Goodman (2002), the Israeli politician Shulamit Aloni explained how the charge of anti-Semitism is “a trick we use” to suppress criticism of Israel coming from within the United States, and that for criticism coming from Europe “we bring up the Holocaust.”

Amy Goodman: Yours is a voice of criticism we don’t often hear in the United States. Often when there is dissent expressed in the United States against policies of the Israeli government, people here are called anti-semitic. What is your response to that as an Israeli Jew?

Shulamit Aloni: Well, it’s a trick, we always use it. When from Europe somebody is criticizing Israel, then we bring up the Holocaust. When in this country people are criticizing Israel, then they are anti-Semitic. And the organization is strong, and has a lot of money, and the ties between Israel and the American Jewish establishment are very strong and they are strong in this country, as you know. And they have power, which is OK.

They are talented people and they have power and money, and the media and other things, and their attitude is “Israel, my country right or wrong”, identification. And they are not ready to hear criticism. And it’s very easy to blame people who criticize certain acts of the Israeli government as anti-Semitic, and to bring up the Holocaust, and the suffering of the Jewish people, and that is justify everything we do to the Palestinians.

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