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April 26, 2012 0

Norman Finkelstein to Speak at KinderUSA Fundraiser in Long Beach

Nor­man G. Finkel­stein, an anti-Israel aca­d­e­mic whose career has been marked by a vit­ri­olic hatred of Zion­ism and Israel, is sched­uled to be the “Spe­cial Guest Speaker” at the 10th anniver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of KinderUSA, an orga­ni­za­tion whose stated mis­sion is to “alle­vi­ate the suf­fer­ing of chil­dren and their fam­i­lies in Pales­tine and beyond.”

The May 5 event in Long Beach, billed as: “A Decade of Giv­ing,” is endorsed by the Los Angeles-based Mus­lim Pub­lic Affairs Coun­cil (MPAC). In a press release for the event, MPAC’s Senior Advi­sor Dr. Maher Hathout said, “I think every­one who comes will walk out informed and inspired as well…you will lis­ten to per­spec­tives that you will not hear on CNN or the offi­cial media that is always giv­ing us our nar­ra­tive. It’s about time to hear the nar­ra­tive com­ing from our­selves to ourselves.”

Finkel­stein, who is fre­quently invited to speak on cam­pus about the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict, has a long his­tory of por­tray­ing Holo­caust edu­ca­tion and sur­vivor com­pen­sa­tion as a cal­cu­lated attempt to “immu­nize Israel from crit­i­cism” for alleged human rights abuses.

He fre­quently evokes offen­sive com­par­isons between Israel and Nazi Ger­many. On his web­site in 2009, for exam­ple, he re-posted a col­lec­tion of images of Jew­ish per­se­cu­tion in Nazi Ger­many jux­ta­posed with images of Pales­tin­ian suf­fer­ing. The title of the Web page is “The grand­chil­dren of Holo­caust sur­vivors from World War II are doing to the Pales­tini­ans exactly what was done to them by Nazi Germany…”

Finkel­stein has also expressed sup­port for the ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions Hamas and Hezbol­lah. In an inter­view with a Lebanese tele­vi­sion sta­tion in Jan­u­ary 2008, Finkel­stein said, “I was of course happy to meet the Hezbol­lah peo­ple, because it is a point of view that is rarely heard in the United States. I have no prob­lem say­ing that I do want to express sol­i­dar­ity with them, and I am not going to be a cow­ard or a hyp­ocrite about it.”

At a speak­ing appear­ance at the Uni­ver­sity of Den­ver in Sep­tem­ber 2011, Finkel­stein attempted to legit­imize Hamas by com­par­ing the group to Gandhi: “Gandhi’s solu­tion is the same as Hamas, word-for-word.”

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April 20, 2012 1

LaRouche Supporters Employ Holocaust Comparison to Castigate President Obama

Screen­shot from the LaRouchePAC website

Sup­port­ers of con­spir­acy the­o­rist Lyn­don LaRouche have recently manned tables out­side pub­lic areas in sev­eral U.S. cities that fea­tured images of Pres­i­dent Obama wear­ing a Hitler mus­tache and signs call­ing for Obama’s impeachment.

In New Jer­sey, LaRouche sup­port­ers set up tables on two occa­sions that dis­played posters with the offen­sive com­par­i­son of Obama to Hitler. One of the indi­vid­u­als was quoted by local media, say­ing “Obama is just like Hitler…he’s send­ing drones into other coun­tries, killing peo­ple, includ­ing Americans.”

In late March, mem­bers of LaRouche’s polit­i­cal action com­mit­tee set up a table out­side a post office in Litch­field, Con­necti­cut, with the Pres­i­dent Obama-Hitler signs and signs of the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates wear­ing clown noses and wigs. A sim­i­lar event took place in San Mateo, Cal­i­for­nia, ear­lier in the month, where LaRouche sup­port­ers gath­ered sig­na­tures call­ing for the impeach­ment of Obama out­side a local post office.

This is not the first time that LaRouche and his sup­port­ers have injected Holo­caust rhetoric into the polit­i­cal arena. In 2009, his sup­port­ers attended numer­ous Con­gres­sional town hall meet­ings around the coun­try wav­ing signs with Pres­i­dent Obama wear­ing a Hitler mus­tache to express their oppo­si­tion to health care reform and Pres­i­dent Obama’s Afford­able Care Act.

At the time a spokesper­son said that LaRouche and his orga­ni­za­tion “have declared war against Obama’s so-called health care reform because it is a direct copy of the pol­icy Hitler declared in Octo­ber 1939…our Obama mus­tache poster sym­bol­izes the fact that the pres­i­dent is attempt­ing to imple­ment a Hitler health care policy.”

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March 23, 2012 2

Turkish Ad Uses Footage of Hitler to Sell Shampoo

Adolf Hitler is the star of a Turk­ish com­mer­cial for men’s sham­poo. The ad for Bio­men, which is now appear­ing on Turk­ish tele­vi­sion, fea­tures a video of Hitler angrily ges­tic­u­lat­ing, with a Turk­ish voiceover call­ing on men to pur­chase the shampoo. 
“If you’re not wear­ing women’s clothes, then you shouldn’t be wear­ing woman’s sham­poo,” the voiceover says. “Here it is. A real man’s sham­poo, Biomen.”
The ad is yet another exam­ple of how Holocaust-era images are used in adver­tis­ing around the world, which con­tribute to the triv­i­al­iza­tion of and desen­si­ti­za­tion to the unpar­al­leled hor­rors of the Holocaust.
Ear­lier this year, pho­tos of a Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camp were used in a pro­mo­tional cam­paign for a Dubai gym, includ­ing an image of the rail­road lead­ing to Auschwitz-Birkenau with the slo­gan, “Kiss your calo­ries good­bye.” After receiv­ing com­plaints, the founder of The Cir­cuit Fac­tory gym in Dubai, Phil Parkin­son, apol­o­gized and removed the photo.
In a let­ter to the Turk­ish Ambas­sador to the United States, ADL called on the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment to con­demn the ad. The Turk­ish Jew­ish com­mu­nity has also released the fol­low­ing statement:
“We fol­low with sad­ness and regret the use of Hitler fig­ure in the Bio­men Men Sham­poo adver­tise­ment, which was brought to the screen in recent days.”

“Hitler, who mas­sa­cred 6 Mil­lion Jews in gas cham­bers for the sole rea­son of being Jew­ish and also killed its men­tally dis­abled cit­i­zens on the pur­pose of cre­at­ing “a pure Arian race,” had cre­ated the dark­est pages of the world his­tory. Using him in an adver­tise­ment for what­ever rea­son is an unac­cept­able sit­u­a­tion and could not be accepted by us at all. This is beyond all ethics as well as a huge insult to human rights.”

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