17 thoughts on “Germany Criminalizes Calling Gaza a Genocide – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. I take this German blindness to be the result of shame and guilt expressed in the extreme, trying to make amends for what can never be forgotten or forgiven. The guilt is particularly regarding Jews. It doesn’t broaden to a general lesson about humanity. So Germans and Jews, Israelis own it. In this way this extreme inhumanity gets repeated. “Never again” became proprietary .

  2. I find there are basically two reactions to the Holocaust. Once again, maybe forever in our lifetimes, what’s happening now is reverberation from the Holocaust on top of the long history of European scapegoatism, hatred, anti-Semitism, and the helplessness of Jews throughout the centuries.
    This Israeli response in Gaza is causing a bloom of anti-Semitism along with anti-Muslim-ism or anti-Arabism. The cycle repeats. Some Jews wallow in this; it bolsters their tribalism, it harbors their own reciprocal hate, and the need to show the world strength.

    The two “lessons” or reactions to the Holocaust under the rallying cry “never again” can be forked into 1. Jews will not ever again allow this to happen to us : we will fight to the end by ALL means and with the help of allies — those who still feel guilt, shame ,along with political expediency. They are those trying to make amends for Jewish suffering throughout the ages especially the Holocaust; they feel only or mainly Jewish victimhood: Germany the US etc. Jews are the victims period. Arabs, strangers, are our enemies, Amalekites “human animals” can never be trusted. An eye for an eye, or better, TWO eyes for an eye.

    2. There are those, Jews and others, maybe the majority of people, who take “never again” to mean humanity as a whole; humanity must never ever see this again, must never ever let this happen again to ANY people. The solution is not an eye for an eye ( or two eyes for an eye) because, for one, it will boomerang back on us. That is the lesson also in the Bible. Leviticus 19:18 states, “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.” Also Sermon on the Mount andthen here from John 4:If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.

    The Holocaust/Nazi football has been so kicked around, so misused as a cover, it’s become perversely a license to commit, ironically, sadly, outrageously, crimes against humanity all over again. Gaza, Ukraine.

    The demonstrations all over the world are a sign of hope. People are moved by the injustice and hopefully will move leaders while leaders who act politically. I believe Israel under Netanyahu is hoping all this will calm to a “status quo”. The US is helping Israel to commit these crimes with the one hand ( usurping our attention) and with the other trying to help Ukraine fend off Russian aggression and crimes. Try to point this moral blindness out! Our support of Israel is stuck in this blindness, sadly for us. It does not help us or Israel nor us in the world, nor the world.
    The tragedy unfolds….

  3. [comment deleted: I started to respond to your comment. But more I read of it the more I realized you were practically regurgitating all the IDF talking pts of the past 3 wks. You are either an Israeli official or someone closely briefed on social media talking points. Or you’re simply someone who reads Israeli propaganda intensively and has absorbed all of them. Anyway, I have better ways to spend my time than reading pure unmitigated propaganda. Israel’s statements are a tissue of lies. I read them every day. I don’t need to see them again in your comments. You are now moderated. If you can publish a comment that isn’t regurgiation I will publish it if I see it.]

  4. [comment deleted: I can see a new hasbara strategy emerging here among the Israel apologists. I’m going to nip it in the bud. An annoucement: if you are one of the apologists (and you know who you are–if I read any IDF talking point in yr comment I will delete it. There is far too much Israeli propaganda on the media and social media. I will not permit the comment threads to be infected by them as well. Anyone whose comment is deleted for this reason will be moderated as well. COnsider yourself well-warned.]

  5. Thank you for great courage Richard … past few years I personally tried to write about this perversion of history and escape of responsibility by today’s leading politicians in the European Union.

    Particularly, the history of Polish Galicia and Western Ukrainian territory the role of collaboration of OUN and Stepan Bandera.

    Ethnic Cleansing, horror of 20th Century Europe continuous today.

    Ukrainian-Polish Ethnic Cleansing 1943

  6. The suffering now is much much larger on the Gaza side, as it always has been. The world sees this now.

    Israel is not allowed to justify drop bombs on civilians justify it.This is in GROSS disproportion to the crime Israel has suffered. That is even if it is claimed to be “not targeting Palestinian civilians, but targeting Hamas; it’s active rocket sites, ammo depots, tunnels, command centers, supply depots, and, of course, Hamas armed combatants.”.
    International Humanitarian Law. https://www.icrc.org/en/doc/assets/files/other/what_is_ihl.pdf

    The accuracy of the bombs is not believable in this densest tightest confined area where ordinary people ( if you concede they are) cannot escape. Israel attempts to cover itself by telling people to leave- to where? To the already densely populated South with Egypt’s doors closed except for foreign nationals? Many were and are not able to leave. Many, despondant, sick, old, young, hosptialized, in need of medication were supposed to somehow go where? They stay.. getting labeled human shields.
    Israel is attempting to cleanse Gaza.

  7. @Richard

    Eitay Mack, Esq., the perennial Israeli legal gadfly and human rights activist disagrees with you.

    Israel, Mack opines, is not committing genocide, he offers this cogent fact to buttress his argument.

    “How does one draw the line between legitimate self-defense and a disproportionate response? That is a fair question.
    And that’s also why it’s essential to note the close supervision of the U.S. and German governments on Israel’s war plans, and also Israeli coordination with France, Italy, Canada and the U.K. – none of these countries would greenlight a genocide of the people of Gaza, despite conspiracist claims that they would.”

    Eitay Mack, Esq. has a point. Does he not?

    1. Load of crap … Abu Ghraib … Iraq War half a million civilian deaths … torture and rendition … Fallujah1.0 and 2.0 … urban warfare and interrogation techniques … lessons from Jenin massacre and sexual perversion of treating Muslim prisoners … impunity, reject the ICC, even threaten people involved with UN investigations … SHAME

    2. Indiscriminate as well as disproportionate. Not caring.
      Consider that there are alternatives to killing civilians. Consider that civilians are indistinguishable from supporters that did not participate in the suicides and the murdering. Israel is punishing a whole population for crime they may or may not supported or have known about but are essentially victims.
      There was a discussion of alternatives that Israel could have taken that would have been less costly to Gazans and to Israel. Check Ezra Klein’ s podcasts with this person https://www.vox.com/2023/10/20/23919946/israel-hamas-war-gaza-palestine-ground-invasion-strategy Also there’s a good interview with the much maligned and “cancelled” Norman Finkelstein on youtube that makes a strong case about why we are here, giving his version of the history of this.. which I find truthful.

    3. We determine whether acts fall under forbidden acts of the relevant international conventions or customary international law. If the acts do, we then investigate intent. The US was perpetrating genocide until 1978. France, Italy, Canada, and the UK have never come to terms with their crimes against non-European and non-white peoples.

  8. German psyche and the massacre of Israelis @1972 Olympics in Munich … caused severe feelings of guilt.

    ”Robespierre articulated his conception of terrorism as a „virtuous‟ political weapon in 1793.”

    The Munich Massacre: A New History

    Advanced the study of International terrorism and counter-terror measures influenced by foreign policy.

    U.S. Used Many Ex-Nazis Sought for War Crimes | CIA Archives – May 1949 | see also Gladio and the damage done.

    Statistica: The Soviet Union lost as many as 27 million people during the war, and 10 million of these were due to Nazi genocide. It is estimated that Poland lost up to six million people, and almost all of these were through genocide.

  9. What are your thoughts on Ahed Tamimi’s arrest, and do you think the accusation regarding her social media posts are true ?

  10. Although I agree with most of this I have serious disagreements with somethings. Richard you say that

    ‘By 1942, Hitler decided that expelling Jews from European countries was insufficient. It was far too messy and inefficient. If Jews are an enemy of the human race (according to Nazi race theory), why stop at expelling them? Logically, you must eliminate them entirely. That would be the only, and “final” solution to the “Jewish Problem.”

    I disagree. Firstly the extermination of Jews began with Operation Barbarossa, 22 June 1941 and arguably the holocaust began in October 1939 with the ‘Euthanasia’ campaign.

    The decision to turn to extermination had nothing to do with it being messy and inefficient. It was because war made emigration impossible and set the seal on the Madagascar project. It was war imperialism that led to genocide, not only of the Jews but Roma too. The Poles would have been next in line. It had nothing to do with Nazi racial theories either.

    You also say that ‘Israel made few sustained efforts to rescue Jews.’

    Israel wasn’t in existence until 3 years after the holocaust. If you mean the Zionist movement then its actions caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Jews, in particular in Hungary with the notorious Kasztner case. I suggest anyone in doubt about this read the book ‘I Cannot Forget’ by Rudolf Vrba, the first escapee from Auschwitz whose Report, together with his fellow escapee from Auschwitz, Alfred Wetzler revealed for the first time the existence of Auschwitz as an extermination as opposed to a labour camp.

    Kasztner suppressed the report when he received it on April 27 1944 in order that he could reach an agreement with Eichmann for a special train out of Hungary for the Zionist elite. This is not seriously disputed by the Zionists. The Zionist movement OPPOSED any rescue scheme that involved a destination other than Palestine. It is impossible now to quantify how many people might have escaped if a group claiming to be Jewish hadn’t opposed schemes such as the Freiland and Darwin schemes in Australia, that in the Dominican Republic, Alaska and many others.

    Everywhere people proposed a rescue scheme up jumped the Zionists to shout ‘what about Palestine’. Building a Jewish state was their main priority not rescue of refugees. No serious historian disputes that this was the case .

    Their major conference during the war was at Biltmore in April 1942 where the call for a Jewish state was first made. No mention at all in the conference was made about rescuing Jewish refugees even though the Zionists were already aware that the holocaust was taking place from reports from exchange Jews from Poland who had come to Palestine in the autumn of 1941 describing the terror.

    You say ‘Germany made a grave mistake in paying billions in reparations to Israel. ‘

    That was no mistake. Reparations to and military equipment to Israel was the price of integration into the Western alliance for West Germany. And Israel effectively stole those reparations meant for the holocaust survivors to build its military machine.

    There is nothing about Zionism which is too disgusting. When Roosevelt called the Evian Conference in July 1938 to deal with the Jewish refugee problem the Zionist leaders panicked at the thought that they may find a solution because if a solution was found then what need would there be for a Jewish state? And also such efforts to rescue Jews would distract from their own fundraising e fforts.

    A meeting of the JAE on June 26, 1938 decided to:
    ‘belittle the [Evian] Conference as far as possible and to cause it to decide nothing…. We are particularly worried that it would move Jewish organizations to collect large sums of money for aid to Jewish refugees, and these collections could interfere with our collection efforts. ‘

    Ben-Gurion at the same meeting pulled no punches: ‘No rationalizations can turn the conference from a harmful to a useful one. What can and should be done is to limit the damage as far as possible.’

    Menachem Ussishkin at the same meeting cited the fears of the future Chairman of the JA Rescue Committee, Yitzhak Gruenbaum:

    He hoped to hear in Evian that Eretz Israel remains the main venue for Jewish emigration. All other emigration countries do not interest him… The greatest danger is that attempts will be made to find other territories for Jewish emigration.

    In a letter to Stephen Wise of 13 June 1938, George Landauer, later Director of the JA’s Central Bureau for the Settlement of German Jews, wrote of his concern:

    ‘Even if the Conference will not place countries other than Palestine in the front for Jewish immigration, there will certainly be public appeals which will tend to overshadow the importance of Palestine…. it may bind Jewish organizations to collect large sums of money for assisting Jewish refugees, and these collections are likely to interfere with our own campaigns’

    Fortunately for the Zionists the Evian conference agreed nothing and was nothing more than a face saving exercise by the West. But the Zionists fear that it might do something speaks volumes about their real agenda

    1. Tony: Thanks for your comment. My dating of 1942 regarding the implementation of the Final Solution was based on the date of the Wansee Conference. I didn’t mean there hadn’t been major acts of extermination prior to that.

      As for the transition from inefficient to more efficient means of killing, that’s in the PBS documentary to which I linked.

      Thanks for the other historical information, which I appreciate.

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