Daily Archives: February 5, 2020

The Holocaust, the BBC and Antisemitism Smears

Counter Punch has the article The Holocaust, the BBC and Antisemitism Smears.

I will quote a few paragraphs from the article as an example of what is there. I won’t quote more because I don’t want to violate the doctrine of fair use of copyrighted material. There is plenty more in the article, which I urge you to read.

European racism towards Jews culminated in the Holocaust; the Holocaust was used by the Zionist movement to justify European sponsorship of a Jewish state on the ruins of Palestine; Palestinians and their supporters feel aggrieved that the Holocaust has become a pretext for ignoring their plight and suppressing criticism of Israel. Each of those links is irrefutably true. And unless the truth is now antisemitic – and there is mounting evidence that it is being made so by Israel, its lobbyists and western governments – what Guerin said was not conceivably antisemitic.
Israel could never have been established without the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland and the destruction of hundreds of their villages to prevent any return. That is why a growing number of historians have risked the wrath of the Israel lobby to declare these events ethnic cleansing – in other words, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The above is representative of the issues that trouble me about the creation of Israel. When I was much younger, I didn’t have any concept of the existence of these issues. Now that I am aware, I can no longer ignore them.

I read about three quarters of the article. By then I felt that it had made its point, and there wasn’t much more to add.