Charity chief blasts ‘shameful’ comparisons between Nazi crimes and modern-day Israel | EUROtoday

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Holocaust Education Trust chief govt Karen Pollock has unleashed a livid assault on the best way some pro-Palestinian protesters are evaluating the Nazis to modern-day Israel.

Ahead of commemorations of the horrific crimes by the Nazis which noticed the mass homicide of 6 million Jews, Ms Pollock has warned that modern-day protests on a variety of points together with Gaza “trivialising” the Nazi crimes 80 years in the past.

“The Nazis, their leaders and their symbols, have become almost synonymous for ultimate evil,” she wrote in an article for The Jewish News. “Online, we see this result in the phenomenon of Godwin’s law: the idea that the longer an online discussion continues, the more likely it is that someone stresses their point by using a comparison to the Nazis. However, what may have begun as an online phenomenon has now truly cemented itself into the real world.

“Whether individuals donning a yellow star to protest pandemic restrictions or environmental groups using Holocaust-related language to warn against inaction on climate change – it seems that the only way you can make your point heard is by trivialising the murder of the six million. It is hurtful, it is wrong, and it is an insult to victims and to the survivors who see the Holocaust being deliberately used and misused.”

Students waving the Palestinian flag participate in an illustration in help to Palestinian folks at University College London (AFP by way of Getty Images)

But the charity boss, whose work at HET since 1998 has focussed on guaranteeing the teachings of the previous are usually not forgotten, made it clear she is especially indignant in regards to the language and symbols on protests in opposition to Israel and the struggle in Gaza following Hamas’s assault on the state on 7 October final 12 months.

“Even more shameful, is the practice of deliberately abusing the Holocaust to attack the State of Israel. Since 7 October, the streets of Britain have been flooded with protesters not calling for the release of the hostages and not condemning Hamas terrorists.

“While some might be calling for peace, we see others equating the Jewish star of David to the swastika, Israeli leaders to Hitler and Zionism to fascism. We even saw the Holocaust memorial in Hyde Park covered up – apparently as a precautionary measure.”

Her intervention comes amid constantly rising tensions between those that wish to clamp down on the liberty to protest with fears that weekly demonstrations are resulting in extremism and those that are indignant about Israel’s conduct within the struggle in Gaza. Hamas killed round 1,200 folks within the lethal 7 October assaults, with greater than 200 extra taken hostage. The Health Ministry in Gaza says the Palestinian demise toll from the struggle since then has topped 30,000.

The challenge has even had an influence within the native elections with Labour’s marketing campaign chief Pat McFadden on Friday admitting Sir Keir Starmer’s help for Israel was “a factor” in Muslim voters staying at residence and the celebration shedding or failing to select up some seats. There are even questions over its influence on the London Mayoral election.

Karen Pollock meets Prince William (REUTERS)

Ms Pollock warned that the distortion of language in regards to the Holocaust as a way to assault Israel is placing democratic values in danger.

“If a memorial to the six million Jewish men, women and children who were murdered during the Holocaust has to be hidden out of fear that it will be desecrated, this should serve as a warning,” she stated. “Many survivors rebuilt their lives here cherishing shared values of freedom, democracy and respect. These values feel under threat.

“We have to be clear in saying there is no excuse, no additional context, for carrying a swastika on the streets of London. It is not a symbol of political protest. It is a symbol of genocide, racism and antisemitism.

“There can be no excuse for comparing Israeli leaders to Hitler. The Nazis tried to eradicate the Jewish people in their entirety, no matter where they were. Their mission was to exterminate all Jews, because they were Jews. These comparisons do not add weight to an argument, they make its proponents racist. It is an abuse of the memory of the victims and a distortion of the Holocaust, a pernicious form of antisemitism.

“Calling out this hate speech is not silencing criticism of Israel, it is demanding that antisemitism has no place on our streets or in our society. On Yom HaShoah, it is not too much to ask for.”