Yehuda Bauer is a historian and scholar of the Holocaust, a Professor of Holocaust Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a senior adviser to the Swedish Government on the International Forum on Genocide Prevention.
Irwin Cotler has stated many times that the international community, as expressed in the UN and its Commissions and Committees, singles out Israel as a pariah nation, and that the status of the collective Jew, that is Israel, is akin to the status of the individual Jew in the Middle Ages.
Not that there is not just cause to criticize Israel—quite the contrary. Israel is locked in a bitter struggle with Palestinian nationalism, and that nationalism is no less legitimate than the Jewish one is.
Palestinian terrorism has been defined as crimes against humanity by international human rights groups, and Israeli policies on the West Bank and the Gaza strip are mainly reactive. But these reactions do cause very serious violations of human rights, and result in terrible suffering of the local population.
Compromises that were suggested, failed, and seem currently impossible of achievement as both sides are ruled by elites that oppose any compromise that would be acceptable to the other side. However, antisemitic latency in the West latches on to that tragic dispute in order to brand the Jews as mass murderers and Nazis, in order to solve the social psychological problem caused by the Holocaust.
Facts do not matter there—the total number of Palestinian victims of the second Intifada, since September 2000, until today, is slightly over 2000, which is about one sixth of the daily number of Jews shipped to Auschwitz from Hungary in the spring of 1944. 800 Jews were killed by Palestinian terrorists, mostly civilians. Any kind of simplistic comparison becomes totally ridiculous. In Jenin, a UN commission, which the Israeli government in its stupidity opposed, found that there were probably 58 Palestinian dead, and 23 Israelis. You cannot compare this to the Kashmiri or Sri Lankan or Sudanese situations, never mind World War II.
The reason for the vile attacks on Jews in Western Europe is not based on any consideration of facts, but on basic civilizational trends that latch themselves onto real events in a distorted manner. A realistic approach would, in my view, sharply criticize Israel in the context of its justified defence against terrorist suicidal homicide, and seek a compromise between two national movements fighting over a very small piece of real estate.
But we are not talking about a realistic approach; we are talking about antisemitism.
Source: Bauer's notes at UCSC
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