Ahmadinejad and Hamas not denying Holocaust

Iranian president
No one is suggesting that the Holocaust didn’t happen, or that six million Jews weren’t killed by the Nazis. The mythology surrounding the Holocaust has to do with its aftermath: how the murder of six million Jews became justification for the creation of a Jewish state on land which belonged altogether to someone else.
 
That is the mythology about the Holocaust which natives of the Middle East would like the rest of us to contemplate.

Western media seems intent on perpetuating a distortion of the Muslim position. So intent are they to avoid questioning the legitimacy of Zionism that anyone who does is painted as a “Holocaust denier.”

No one is denying the Holocaust! And no one is calling for killing any more Jews! “Wiping Israel off the map” is a truncated translation of what the Muslim voices have expressed. It does not mean “off the face of the earth” or “eradicate” or “exterminate.”

Right to exist
Hamas is often described as not believing in Israel’s right to exist. It sounds so unreasonable. Everyone has a right to exist. But Israel is not a person, it’s an entity. Try this on for size. Does Jewish occupied Palestine have a right to exist? Did French occupied Algeria have a “right to exist?”

Algeria had a right to exist, and the French there had every right to exist, as a minority. And as we’ve seen with all former colonies, the majority population has an inclination to rise against its upper class oppressors. The west has of course the inclination to try to prop up those embattled regimes.

Israel was a nation created in 1949, carved out of the land of the Palestinians to make a home for European Jews. Israel is regarded by many as a last example of colonialism. White settlers laying claim to the lands of another people.

Now the Israelis are erecting a wall to separate themselves from the darker skinned Arabs. It’s an apartheid wall, and we’ve seen apartheid before. The Boers of Dutch ancestry no longer rule South Africa because the world wouldn’t stand for it.

Israelis have as much right to exist as anyone, as the Boers for example, but they don’t have a divine right to exist on the backs of their native brothers.

Apartheir wall   Israelis call it a “fence.” To construct it required demolishing entire Palestinian neighborhoods, often separating Palestinian farmers from their fields and orchards.
 
 

Off the map
When the Iranian president says he would like to wipe Israel off the map, he’s not saying he wishes to kill anyone. He didn’t say he wants to see Israel wiped off the face of the earth, he’s saying he’d like to see Israel off the map OF THE MIDDLE EAST!

Ahmadinejad even suggested that Israel relocate itself to Europe. If Europeans feel so bad about the Holocaust which they inflicted upon the Jews, why shouldn’t it fall to Europe to offer up some of its real estate for a Jewish homeland?

Ahmadinejad, like many Muslims, doesn’t see that it was Europe or America’s place to bequeath Ancient Judea to the present day Jews, a land which for the last two thousand years has belonged to non-Jews and went by the name of Palestine.

We all came from Africa. Does that give us a right to resettle it without regard to who’s already living there? Should someone resurrect Babylon, Alexander’s Greater Macedonia, or the Holy Roman Empire?

Hamas, and the PLO before it, speak of driving this foreign intruder from Palestinian land. The Muslims scattered the Israelites into Europe two thousand years ago. Now interlopers have brought them back and Hamas has pledged to drive them out again.

Imagine if America chose to return its Puritans whence they came, to England, where they weren’t terribly popular the first time. Perhaps the English would vow to expel the kill-joys once again to the New World.

As unreasonable as it was to redraw international borders to recreate a Promised Land, so too might it be unreasonable to undo the land grab of 1949. Perhaps the most pragmatic course of action would be to insist the Israelis and the Palestinians cohabit the promised land. They can govern themselves democratically and the chips will fall where they may. This age of enlightened democracy should have little patience for dogmatic racism and religious prejudice, from either side.

The world should be able to look upon these religious squabbles with impartiality. Although it seems Israelis are plenty worried that the secular west may not always grant Jewish fundamentalism more deference than its Islamic rivals. Therein lies the importance in not denying the Holocaust.

Holocaust myth
What peoples, among victims of genocide, have ever been granted their own ancient Promised Land as a redress for the genocide? None. Is this because the Holocaust was such a unique genocide? Indeed, to be labeled a Holocaust denier you merely have to be denying the uniqueness of the Holocaust.

When Iran president Ahmadinejad says that he wants to examine the myth of the Holocaust, he is threatening to challenge the prevailing Zionist interpretation.

Ward Churchill got in trouble with the Zionists because he wanted to compare the genocide of Native Americans to the Holocaust. He makes the case mainly because the policy of extermination conducted against the original inhabitants of the Americas is still denied, and as a result extensions of the policies persist.

I think the argument to prove Churchill’s point leads in an altogether different direction. This is because the Jewish extermination was not an act of imperialism against an weaker people.

The genocide against the Native Americans was like the systematic extermination of indigenous peoples everywhere: Australia’s aborigines, Indonesia’s Ache and Timorese. It is also the age-old mechanics of one people conquering another, like the genocide by the Turkish of the Armenians, and the recent actions of the Sudanese Arabs against their blacks.

The genocide against the Jews was class warfare upward. It belonged in a category like the Soviet and Chinese against their bourgeois and intellectuals, like the Khmer Rouge genocide of the urban Cambodians most of whom were ethnic Chinese, like the Hutu slaughtering of the Tutsies, like the traditional and recurring pogroms against Jews. It’s hard to say that even the Spanish Inquisition wasn’t after the usury profits of the Jews.

Thus antisemitism is less unique than its name implies, and resembles very much Marx’s class warfare where the proletariat is trying to come out from under its oppressors, or perceived oppressors.

The Holocaust is touted as religious genocide, hence the rationale for redress which honors their biggest religious wish: return to their Promised Land.

The Zionist count on the west’s continued support of that religious goal. They need an independent Israel with a homogeneous Jewish religion. They know that if they were to be integrated with the region’s present-day peoples, as a Jewish minority among Palestinians, they stand a good chance of being voted off the island.

So here are America and modern Europe, standing in support of a dogmatic religious group. It does not play well with others, and it insists in fact that it be segregated from everyone else, even as it usurps the land of others, and occupies adjacent lands under the pretext of its national security.

I have no doubt that victims of the Holocaust would themselves be shocked and shamed at the crimes that Israel is committing in their name against the peoples of Palestine.

Why America and Europe should side in religious solidarity with Jewish fundamentalists without sympathy for the Islamic fundamentalists is the consequence of believing a myth.

3 thoughts on “Ahmadinejad and Hamas not denying Holocaust

  1. AvatarRocky

    Palestine, before Israel existed, contained Jews and non-Jews. Everyone there was a “Palestinian”. There were no separate people called “Palestinians”. The Arab Palestinans were killing the Jewish Palestinians before the state of Israel was founded. There were massacres of Jews in 1929 and 1936 (the British Army stood by and watched the last one.

    The Occupied territories are occupied in the sense that Germany and Japan were occupied after WWII. Germany and Japan started a war, lost and were occupied. When they demonstrated they could develop peaceful, responsible governments with not aggressive intentions the occupier left.

    In the Middle East all the neighbors of Israel attacked that country. They lost. Part of their land got occupied. Had they developed a peaceful responsible non-aggressive government the “occupiers” would have left.

    If Israel ceased to exist in the Middle East and somehow were established in Europe, the Arab/Muslim countries would still not permit individual Jews to live in peace in the Arab/Muslim countries — they would not, for instance, be free to go to those countries as tourists.

    Arab/Muslims just hate Jews. Period. And you lend legitimacy to their hatred.

  2. AvatarEric

    Dear Rocky,
    An excellent historical summary. Where do we differ on this issue? Arab Palestinians, Jewish Palestinians, ageless trouble between them, yes. Is that a reason to give everyone’s holy land to the Jews and banish the Arab Palestinians to internment in the occupied territories, decades of lock-down?

  3. AvatarTony Abdo

    Arabs and Muslims don’t just “hate” Jews without cause, Rocky. In fact contrary to your comments here, there is no more hate today, amongst most Arabs or other Muslim peoples, than with how Jews “hate” Germans. Oh those, bad Jews, they just hate Germans for no good cause! Always have….it’s historical. Pretty ridiculous argumentation, right? In fact your similar argumentation is nonsense, too.

    And instead, isn’t more it not that Jews are the one’s who hate Arabs, not the other way around? Hard not to. When you take somebody’s property you just got to feel real hate towards them “Injuns”. How dare they be there, stupid savages. Nothing but scalping terrorists! Get them teepees down!

    Hey, and as I remember, it was the Germans that hated Jews for the same reason. When you steal somebody’s property once again, you just got to hate them for having it in the first place. Baby bloodsuckers. I think we’ll pull out some gold from their teeth. We’re just getting our historical property back.

    The gist of your argument was that the Arabs supposedly hate Jews, so the Jews basically don’t have to do anything. Can’t be done… How convenient, Rocky. The Jewsih population don’t have to live in a multi-ethnic democratic society, but instead can maintain their suburban American, theocratic colonial Apartheid state intact. Welcome from Phili, we just got some new property in!

    Here’s a Peace Plan, Rock. How about a “right to return” for those whose property was stolen by Zionist settlers? Wouldn’t that be superior to oiling up the Mediterranean and planting smallpox infected blankets around…. oops… I meant cluster bombs for Lebanese children to play with?

    Rock, stop labelling others as hatemongers, when in fact you are the one who hates Islam and Arabs.

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