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August 19, 2015

Holocaust Comparisons in Arab Media Examination of the Horrifying Death of a Palestinian Child

There has been intense focus on the reactions within Israeli society following the horrific attack on two houses in the West Bank village of Duma, resulting in the death of toddler Ali Dawabsheh, the subsequent death of his father, Saed and the wounding of his brother and mother.  The apparent price tag attack, perpetrated by extremist Israeli Jews, has led to much soul searching among public Israeli political and religious figures, and among the population at large.

The Arab world also paid close attention to this heinous incident.  And, not surprisingly, many characterized the incident as merely part of Israel’s long history of crimes against the Palestinians (such as the burning of Mohammed Abu Khdeir by Jews in July of 2014), or have claimed that PM Netanyahu is personally responsible for the toddler’s death, and this attack reflected Israel’s culture of hate.

Some in the Arab world used Nazi imagery and Holocaust comparisons, including equating PM Netanyahu to Hitler and the burning of the infant to the Holocaust; and claimed that Israel has not only adopted Nazi practices, but it has focused them on Palestinian children.

One cartoon, for example, appearing both in Gaza’s Filastin newspaper (Aug. 2) and circulated on Twitter, shows Israeli PM Netanyahu performing a Nazi Salute with the burning baby in the backdrop, framing the attack as no less than a “Holocaust”.

Another, published in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Watan newspaper (Aug. 3) shows the arm of an ultra-orthodox Jew forming a swastika while holding a Molotov cocktail.

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The cartoon’s headline: “The crime of burning the Palestinian infant.”

The use of such comparisons similarly appears in opinion pieces in the Arab press. “No one can deny that the Nazis are murderers and that they perpetrated the crime of the Holocaust, which innocent Jews, some say millions, fell victim to.”, said one article in Jordan’s Ar-Rai newspaper (August 2), which went on to parallel the attack with those perpetrated by the Nazis, even drawing on the Torah. “But more criminal than them is the victim who imitated the murderer and who didn’t learn the lessons of history: instead of reacting to what Hitler and his gang did by treating with tolerance and peaceful coexistence the people whose land it forcefully occupied – it resorted to the same Nazi methods. Therefore, this criminal who killed the Palestinian infant, burned his family’s home and gravely wounded them, considers himself to be a Torah “hero”…”.

The cartoon’s headline: “After the burning of the Palestinian infant Ali Dawabsheh to death”.

The cartoon’s headline: “After the burning of the Palestinian infant Ali Dawabsheh to death”.

Other such articles charged that Israel not only uses Nazi methods, but it specifically focuses on Palestinian children in applying them. An Egyptian daily (Al-Yawm As-Sabi, August 1) argued this is common for Israel,  writing:  “The crime of burning a Palestinian infant at the hand of Israeli settlers yesterday, Friday, in southern Nablus in the occupied West Bank – wasn’t the first against Palestine. Surely it won’t be the last, since official documents and statistics indicate that Israel is an entity which has made a habit of targeting children in every form, including the use of fire. This brings back to mind the Nazi party’s crimes known as the Holocaust.”

Another article simply refers to a “Holocaust of the children of Palestine”: “On Friday, at exactly 2:30 am, took place in Duma village south of Nablus the most loathsome crime since the burning of the martyr Mohammed Abu Khdeir ..… the village insisted on bidding farewell to another martyr, the village’s martyr, 18 month old Ai Saad Dawabsheh. He was burned by settlers in cold blood, before the eyes and ears of the world, who stood silently in the face of the Holocaust of the children of Palestine…” (August 3, Filastin, Gaza).

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May 15, 2014

“Jews Vs. Nazis” Drinking Game Controversy

An offensive new Holocaust-themed version of the popular “beer pong” drinking game has become a subject of intense discussion online and in domestic and international media. The game, dubbed “Jews vs.Jews vs  Nazis beer pong drinking game Nazis,” is played by setting up two groups of cups, one in the shape of a swastika and the other in the shape of a Star of David.

While the game has reportedly been played across the country in the last few years, the most recent instance came to light after a Twitter feed dedicated to anonymous high school confessions tweeted a photo of cups set up for “Jews vs. Nazis” on April 27. The photo, which appeared to be from a high school in Florida, was subsequently retweeted 1,800 times, favorited over 3,000 times, and covered by the local news.

There are documented instances of “Jews vs. Nazis” beer pong on various social media sites going back to at least 2011. These photos are frequently recirculated by people claiming they are from a recent event.

The photo from the supposed recent game actually first appeared in March 2013 on Reddit, a user-generated news site. It has since shown up on other blogs and websites where drinking games are a common topic, as well as on a food blog and the website of a Colorado radio station, which described five new versions of beer pong for its listeners to try.

The March 2013 photo, the most commonly circulated on social media, often also includes the game’s rules. In addition to having the teams shape their cups into a swastika and a Star of David, the game’s over-the-top insensitivities include giving the “Jews” the ability to hide one of their cups as the “Anne Frank” cup and the “Nazis” the ability to “Auschwitz” their opponents, meaning that one of their players must temporarily sit out.

Not only is this game profoundly offensive, its rules also encourage anti-Semitism against the “Jew” team. The rules state: “Throughout the game you are supposed to talk a lot of s–t and say as many racist things as possible to make it more enjoyable. My Jewish friends actually love this game haha.”

This game underscores once more the critical need for Holocaust education. A recent global poll on anti-Semitism conducted by ADL revealed that only a little more than half of the respondents had heard of the Holocaust, though that number was much higher in the U.S. where 89% of people acknowledged awareness of the Holocaust.

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