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July 16, 2014 1

Protest in NYC Compares Israel to Nazi Germany

In New York on Tues­day, hun­dreds of pro­test­ers turned out in the pour­ing rain to hold a demon­stra­tion against Israel out­side the United Nations.

The protest fea­tured numer­ous signs com­par­ing Israel to Nazi Ger­many, includ­ing those that read, “It Wasn’t OK in Nazi Ger­many, Why is it OK in Pales­tine,” “One Holo­caust Does not Jus­tify Another” and “UN Must Stop Mus­lim Holo­caust in Gaza.” One sign read, “Spot the Dif­fer­ence” and fea­tured a pic­ture of Hitler and Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu.

 

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Com­par­ing Israel’s defen­sive actions in the past week and a half, which have resulted in the deaths of approx­i­mately 200 Gazans, to the geno­ci­dal mur­der of ten mil­lion peo­ple, includ­ing six mil­lion Jews, is sim­ply outrageous.

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It is also dis­tress­ing that anti-Zionist Jews par­tic­i­pate in these protests despite the sig­nage described above. Indeed, activists from Neturei Karta attended yesterday’s rally. Rabbi Yis­roel Dovid Weiss, Neturei Karta’s spokesper­son, addressed the crowd to say that Israel is a “vil­lain” and a “Zion­ist can­cer.” He also said that the “root cause of this end­less river of blood­shed” is Zionism.

Else­where across the coun­try protests were held in Burling­ton, Ver­mont and Hon­olulu, HI. The last time an anti-Israel protest took place in Hawaii was close to six years ago dur­ing the 2008–2009 Gaza War.

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July 14, 2014 2

Disturbing Online Messages Say #HitlerWasRight

The pop­u­lar­ity of some dis­turb­ing Hitler-related hash­tags on Twit­ter has grown in reac­tion to “Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge,” Israel’s response to the lat­est round of rocket attacks from Hamas and other ter­ror­ist groups in Gaza.HitlerWasRight-hitler-gaza-israel-twitter-hashtag

Many of these responses have included the hash­tags #Hitler­Was­Right and #Hitler­Did­Noth­ing­Wrong, such as:

  • “World needs another Hitler! #Hitler­Was­Right #SavePales­tine #SaveGaza”
  • “#Hitler­Was­Right but he did one thing wrong he let other Jews to live, and they are mas­sacring #Pales­tini­ans today”
  • “#Hitler­Was­Right #Hitler­Did­Noth­ing­Wrong we need a clone of #hitler for #jews #Israel @IsraeliPM”

This online out­pour­ing of anti-Semitism ini­tially appeared in the con­text of the recent series of Nazi and Holo­caust ref­er­ences that flooded social media after Germany’s 7–1 vic­tory over Brazil in the World Cup semi­fi­nals. Some of those wish­ing to protest Israel’s oper­a­tion in Gaza have pig­gy­backed on this phe­nom­e­non, ref­er­enc­ing both Germany’s World Cup vic­tory and Gaza in their #Hitler­Was­Right and #Hitler­Did­Noth­ing­Wrong tweets:

  • “Ger­many won the World Cup– Israel has won mur­der, destruc­tion and dis­as­ter. #iSup­port­Gaza #Hitler­Was­Right? He did what Israel does now”
  • “I am sup­port­ing #Ger­many because #Hitler­Was­Right he killed jews with this rea­son #GAZA #Gaza­Un­der­At­tack #WorldCuptFinal2014Brazil”
  • “2014 FIFA World Cup CHAMPIONS! ***GERMANY*** #Pray­ForGaza #Hitler­Was­Right #Jew­sAre­Hu­manEn­emy #JewsAreRealTerrorist”

Invok­ing Hitler and Nazi Ger­many to demo­nize Israel is not lim­ited to social media. Bla­tantly offen­sive com­par­isons have appeared at a num­ber of anti-Israel protests in the U.S. Below are just a few examples:

  • At a protest orga­nized by the Mil­wau­kee Pales­tin­ian Sol­i­dar­ity Coali­tion, one young woman held a sign that read, “Don’t Do To Pales­tini­ans What Hitler Did To You.”
  • At a pro­test­ in Cleve­land, one sign depicted Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu with a Hitler mus­tache and a Nazi flag jux­ta­posed with an Israeli flag.
  • At a rally in front of the Israeli Con­sulate in Chicago, among the many signs were sev­eral that accused Israel of per­pe­trat­ing a Holo­caust: “End the Pales­tine Holo­caust,” “It was Wrong in Auschwitz, it is Wrong in Gaza!” and “Gaza Concentration/Starvation Camp, Designed, Man­u­fac­tured, Fre­quently Bombed and Man­aged By Israel.”    

A recent ADL poll of anti-Semitic atti­tudes in 100 coun­tries found that knowl­edge about the Holo­caust varies widely depend­ing on the coun­try. In the sur­vey, 54 per­cent of those polled glob­ally responded affir­ma­tively when asked if they had heard about the Holo­caust in Europe dur­ing World War II. Another 35 per­cent of those polled indi­cated they had no knowl­edge of the Holo­caust, and 10 per­cent responded “don’t know.”

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July 14, 2014 4

Calls for Violence & Nazi Comparisons Mark Weekend Anti-Israel Rallies

Over the week­end, close to 30 anti-Israel demon­stra­tions were held across the United States to protest Israel’s response to the lat­est round of rocket attacks from Hamas in Gaza. The week­end ral­lies were rife with com­par­isons between Israel and Nazi Ger­many, calls for an end of U.S. aid to Israel, and claims that Israel indis­crim­i­nately mur­ders Pales­tin­ian children.

Here’s a round-up:

July 11, 2014

 New York City

Sev­eral hun­dred pro­test­ers attended an anti-Israel rally at Union Square in New York City on Nazi-Swastika - All of Israel is occupied signsFri­day with signs that called for the destruc­tion of Israel and com­pared Israel to Nazi Ger­many. The rally, which was spon­sored by Adalah-NY, brought out pro­test­ers who held signs stat­ing that “All of Israel is Occu­pied Ter­ri­tory!” and “Down with the State of Israel! Free­dom for the Pales­tin­ian Peo­ple!” (The text of the sign was fol­lowed by a Star of David next to a swastika).

After pro­test­ers chanted “Resis­tance is jus­ti­fied when peo­ple are occu­pied!,” and “Not another nickel, not another dime, no more money for Israel’s crimes,” the orga­niz­ers led the crowd to a Max Bren­ner choco­late bar where they called for a boy­cott of the estab­lish­ment because of its alleged ties to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The action lasted out­side of Max Bren­ner for approx­i­mately ten min­utes, as pro­test­ers led chants such as “We are left with no other action! Boy­cott, Divest, and Sanction!”

Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

A demon­stra­tion spon­sored by the US Cam­paign to End the Israeli Occu­pa­tion attracted sev­eral hun­dred pro­test­ers to the front of the Israeli Embassy.

One speaker who addressed the crowd, who was intro­duced as Tareq from Pales­tine, claimed Zionist Nazi - Israel 4th Reich - Netanyahu Der Fuhrerthat the rea­son why Hamas, the ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion that runs Gaza, exists is because “you peo­ple con­tin­u­ously take land, con­tin­u­ously. We are not the greedy; we are not the ones with the prob­lem. It is you, it is the Zion­ist move­ment, it is the Zion­ist regime run­ning Israel!”

He also legit­imized ter­ror­ism against Israeli civil­ians, say­ing “We must not hand­cuff our broth­ers and sis­ters in Pales­tine and dic­tate the way that they resist colo­nial domination…Now is that time again! Okay, so let’s stand up and start talk­ing about this in our work­place again! Let’s start glo­ri­fy­ing the word mar­tyr and sha­heed [mar­tyr] for the beau­ti­ful words that they are! Let’s start glo­ri­fy­ing our sha­heeds [martyrs]!”

 July 12, 2014

Tempe, Ari­zona

Approx­i­mately 50 pro­test­ers gath­ered in Tempe, Ari­zona for a demon­stra­tion that fea­tured signs call­ing for a boy­cott of Israel and at least one sign com­par­ing the sit­u­a­tion in Gaza to a Holo­caust, which read, “One Holo­caust Does Not Jus­tify Another.” Other signs read “Who would Jesus bomb?” and “AIPAC is hold­ing Con­gress hostage.”

Port­land, OregonStop the Palestinian Holocaust 2

More than a hun­dred peo­ple gath­ered in down­town Port­land for a demon­stra­tion that fea­tured signs claim­ing that Israel is “baby killers” and oth­ers that alleged that there is a “Pales­tin­ian Holo­caust” tak­ing place. While at the rally, pro­test­ers led a num­ber of chants that included “Free, free Gaza. Free, free Pales­tine!” “Long live the Intifada! Intifada Intifada!”

July 13, 2014

Dal­las, TX

Hun­dreds of peo­ple gath­ered in down­town Dal­las for a protest on Sun­day afterZionist criminals end the Palestine Holocaustnoon that fea­tured calls for vio­lence against Israel and alle­ga­tions that Israel is com­mit­ting geno­cide and a “Pales­tin­ian Holo­caust” in Gaza.

An Arabic-language chant heard at the rally, “Idrab idrab Tel-Aviv!,” which means “Hit, Hit Tel Aviv,” is a direct call for vio­lence and sup­port for Hamas rocket attacks.

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