Wednesday, January 4, 2012

More Holocaust Cynicism

Huffington Post blogger Menachem Rosensaft, who writes about a large variety of topics, has written a new article about the use of Holocaust imagery for political reasons, which also went up on the Jerusalem Post. Nor is it his first article dealing with this. His article is in my opinion balanced between the right and left; including criticism of the religious right, including protests against Yitzhak Rabin and the Gaza withdrawal:
"An abhorrent rally Saturday night in Jerusalem's Shabbat Square featuring haredim, that is, ultra-Orthodox Jews, wearing yellow stars and simulated concentration camp uniforms brings to mind Walt Kelly's observation in the classic Pogo comic strip, "We have met the enemy and he is us.""
As well as the left's use of the same kind of language:
"In May of 2010, a group of left-wing Israeli, Palestinian and Polish activists, including one Yonatan Shapiro, a former Israeli Air Force pilot, sprayed the words "Liberate all ghettos" in Hebrew and "Free Gaza and Palestine" in English on remnants of the Warsaw Ghetto." 
But he makes it clear that this problem isn't solely related to the Jews and Israel. He also criticizes American politicians on both sides of the aisle for using Nazi and Holocaust imagery about issues like healthcare. Right wing pundits like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are not spared either, which is good because in my opinion they deserve it even more than the ultra-Orthodox. He doesn't get every example of Holocaust comparisons, which is to be expected: If he covered the Internet the column would never end.

All in all it is a pretty balanced column that has a good message and is worth reading. But you know what that means: A "balanced" column is never anti-Israel enough for the Huffington Post readership. I have a feeling that most of them didn't even read it before charging off to the comments section, reading to respond to a column denouncing Holocaust exploitation by exploiting the Holocaust:

And then we have this very informative conversation:

A Huffington Post blogger weighs in:

And last but not least (now deleted):

What, did you expect anything less from the Huffington Post?


  1. The “banality of evil” could have been coined for HP posters.
    I think the Congo is 3-8million, still terrible. Notice how people never mention the Soviets (30mil), Chinese (40mil) and North Korea (3.5mil) killing their own people. Israel vs Arab <70,000


  2. "Notice how people never mention the Soviets (30mil), Chinese (40mil) and North Korea (3.5mil) killing their own people"

    Ian, you must be blind if that is what you think.

    I see a great many references to other countries that have carried out, or attempted to carry out, mass slaughters and genocide including, among several others (Sudan/Darfur, Tibet, Turkey, Rwanda, and others) as well as the four that you mention.


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