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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Anniversaries: The Jenin Massacre Myth, the Warsaw Ghetto Revolt and the lie of Zionists as Nazis

Manfred Gerstenfeld has written an excellent article about the demonic demonization of Zionists as Nazis. Georges Sarfaty noted the same phenomenon in his article about the linguistics of hate. The theme is repeated over and over in many ways, and with no foundation in truth whatever.

Contrary to the charges of anti-Zionist extremists. Israel is not herding Palestinian Arabs into death camps. There is no genocide going on the West Bank or Gaza strip and none was ever planned. There are more Palestinian Arabs today than there ever were. There is no Palestinian "Holocaust." In all the years of its existence, Israel has not killed as many Arabs or Muslims as were killed by Muslims in Darfur or in the Iran-Iraq war.

It is particularly fitting to raise the problem of Zionists as Nazis in this season, which approaches the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Revolt, staged by an alliance of Jews led by Zionist Mordechai Anielewitz, and also the anniversary of the mythical Jenin "massacre" of 2002. In the Warsaw Ghetto, Jews were herded together for the purpose of rounding them up and transporting them to death camps. 350,000 Jews were crowded into the ghetto. All but a few were ultimately sent to death camps, and the rest were murdered when the ghetto uprising was crushed. When a few remaining survivors revolted in desperation, the SS and the Wehrmacht moved in with massive force to kill off the remnant of Jews in the Ghetto who had not yet been sent to their deaths elsewhere. The Jews of the Warsaw ghetto had done nothing at all to deserve their fate. They had harmed no German citizens, had attacked no German soldiers prior to being herded into the ghetto.

In 2002, a spate of Palestinian suicide attacks in ever-rising crescendo had reached a peak in March of 2002, when about 100 people were murdered, including diners at a seder celebration. The victims were not soldiers, they had done nothing to any Palestinians and they were leading peaceful lives in Israel. The Palestinians had been granted autonomous rule of Nablus, Jenin and other cities as part of the Oslo peace accords. Instead of negotiating peace, their leaders had started a campaign of terror and suicide bombings. The attacks in March were organized by cells of Palestinian "resistance" people in Jenin and Nablus, financed by the Palestinian authority with the approval of Chairman Yasser Arafat. All through 2001 and 2002 the attacks had continued. The international community and the Palestinian authority had done nothing to stop them. Chairman Yasser Arafat condemned violence publicly while privately signing the pay chits of terrorists. There was a debate in Israel about what to do. The final spate of attacks on eve of Passover 2002 made it irresponsible and politically impossible for the Israeli government to remain idle. Israeli forces entered the West Bank to remove the sources of the terror attacks in operation Defensive Shield. Civilian residents were warned repeatedly to leave the combat area. Most did. A few stayed out of "solidarity" with the terrorists or because no means could be found to transport them. In Jenin, IDF was greeted by gunfire of armed snipers in an ambush that killed about a dozen soldiers. It was decided that the only way to eliminate the terrorists, who would not surrender, was to destroy small area in the center of town. Civilians were once again asked to leave. In the operation, 56 Palestinians were killed, as a report by HRW subsequently found. Most of them were armed terrorists. Even one civilian death is too many, but the accidental death of about 20 civilians in a clearly defensive action cannot be compared with the intentional murder of 350,000 people. However, Palestinians and their supporters, aided by irresponsible and unprofessional international journalists, spread the myth that Israel had "massacred" 500 Palestinian Arabs in Jenin. Had it been true, it still would not have compared with the murder of 350,000 people. But it was a lie. The lie still exists and is perpetuated at numerous Web sites, in books and in movies. Because operation Defensive Shield occurred close to the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, which occurred n Passover of 1943, Jewish and other anti-Zionists built the obscene comparison between the IDF and the Wehrmacht.

A particularly skillful and odious lie that is circulated, is that the IDF studied the tactics of the Wehrmacht and the SS in the Warsaw Ghetto and applied them in Jenin. There is no actual evidence that this occurred, but it is repeated in dozens of places. In the usual fashion of apocryphal "Zionist quotes." the lie quotes or paraphrases, out of context, an article that was written by Amir Oren in Haaretz in January of 2002. Oren was speculating regarding various options that Israel had to deal with the rising wave of terror, and the dreaded possibility of urban warfare. He wrote, among many other things:

In order to prepare properly for the next campaign, one of the Israeli officers in the territories said not long ago, it's justified and in fact essential to learn from every possible source. If the mission will be to seize a densely populated refugee camp, or take over the casbah in Nablus, and if the commander's obligation is to try to execute the mission without casualties on either side, then he must first analyze and internalize the lessons of earlier battles - even, however shocking it may sound, even how the German army fought in the Warsaw ghetto.

The officer indeed succeeded in shocking others, not least because he is not alone in taking this approach. Many of his comrades agree that in order to save Israelis now, it is right to make use of knowledge that originated in that terrible war, whose victims were their kin. The Warsaw ghetto serves them only as an extreme example, not linked to the strategic dialogue that the defense establishments of Israel and Germany will hold next month.
The Warsaw ghetto was an example. Nobody in the IDF said that they were actually studying the tactics of Nazis, or that they would use the tactics of the Nazis. Amir Oren did not write that either. Every army studies the tactics of every other army in every battle. The IDF did NOT use the tactics of the Nazis, who used tanks and air support and artillery to blast the ghetto out of existence, and who did not give civilians a chance to escape to safety. If it were a sane world, I would not have to explain the obvious, but it is not a sane world, as the false and demented accusations of mendacious degenerates in dozens of places will attest.

Ami Isseroff

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