Israellycool » holocaust Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Mon, 03 Aug 2015 19:04:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Video: Through The Eye Of The Needle Sun, 02 Aug 2015 08:11:13 +0000 Esther Nisenthal Krinitz created 36 crewel embroidery “pictures” that tell her personal Holocaust experience. The pictures helped her tell her story in a way that words could not. Esther started out with a picture of her childhood home in Mniszek, and when she was done, she was pleased: it looked exactly like her house.

Esther's house in Mnisek. (screenshot from Through the Eye of the Needle)

Esther’s house in Mnisek. (screenshot from Through the Eye of the Needle)

Esther did not stop there, with the depiction of her childhood home, but shows the entire tragedy of the Holocaust as it came to Mniszek and to her family.

In this picture, her mother sends her off in a different direction, to hide from the Nazis, that she might live. You can see the beautiful blooming fields, two strips of color, one blue, one yellow, and how the mother and her daughters are swallowed up in the fields.

Esther's mother gives her permission to survive.

Esther’s mother gives her permission to survive.

Some of Esther’s pictures are difficult to take in. The detail is remarkable, almost obsessive. And the story is painful. Nature seems somehow oblivious to tragedy: no matter what happened to Esther and her family,   the flowers still bloomed in the Polish countryside.

Through it all, the flowers still bloomed. (screenshot from Through the Eye of the Needle)

Through it all, the flowers still bloomed. (screenshot from Through the Eye of the Needle)

Watch the video to see more of Esther’s painstaking work and history.

The only disappointment in this amazing documentary comes at the very end of the clip, when talking heads weigh in and conflate the Holocaust with other tragic events, sucking the “Jewness” out of the Holocaust, making it “just another genocide.”

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When The World Looks Back Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:12:12 +0000 When we look back at events that led up to the Holocaust, we wonder: why didn’t the Jews see the writing on the wall? Why didn’t they leave in time to be saved?

And when we look back at the Holocaust itself, the systematic gassing and burning of the Jewish population of Europe, we wonder why the world looked the other way. Why did FDR look the other way? Why did the New York Times bury the story that was the biggest story that ever was?

Today, Israel’s death warrant was signed.

It was signed because American Jews have lost their tribal affiliation to their people.

It was signed because American Jews preferred to think about climate change, gay marriage rights, and affordable health care over the fate of 7 million Jews, one more million than were gassed by Hitler.



Because some things are more important than Jews. Or Israel.

It’s much more important to American Jews today, to have good conditions for themselves in America. That comes before all other considerations including their brothers in Israel.

And so of course they did not vote for Romney, who was the Not Obama, or McCain before him. They couldn’t have.

And they thought it was okay to vote for Obama as long as they mouthed the words, “Never Again,” once a year on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

It really was that simple. As long as they said Never Again on that one day a year, they felt sure they’d acquitted themselves well. Done their duty.

And some did more than that. Some also shared with their Facebook friends, a gif of a flickering yahrzeit candle, or forwarded a touching email, reminding their friends that a lot of “people” had “died” once.


It is a chutzpa that anyone would ask them to vote away their rights for the sake of 7 million Israeli Jews, so far away.

On the other side of the world.

Not their concern.

And they didn’t want to hear about it.

So they put on blinders, as Obama, a modern day Hitler, fed them lines.


Lines like: what other alternative is there to making this deal?

And none of them cared whether or not that phrase actually made sense.

And none of them cared enough to pick that sentence apart and analyze it to see if it actually means anything.

None of them WANTED to know how this would impact Israeli Jews.

Because that would have bust their bubble.Taking Out Trash

And the bubble must be protected against any encroachment by the truth, such an unlovely truth.

That Iran has Israel in its sights.

And that its foremost aim is to wipe out the Jews for good.

To finish the job that Hitler started.

And take out that trash.

The 7 million Jews of Israel.

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Watch: Encounter Between German Lady And Israeli High School Students At Auschwitz Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:25:43 +0000 I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of all the bad news and highlighting of evil people (yeah, my bad).

Time for something positive. And touching.

A group of Israeli high school students recently visited Auschwitz.

Then this happened.

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The Red Rattler Theatre’s Permissible Exclusion Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:07:32 +0000 The Red Rattler Theatre in Marrickville aims for inclusion. Located next to the University of Sydney, the theater was “set up as a space where racism, homophobia, transphobia and sexism are not welcome on stage, in the audience, at the door, and at the bar.” The theatre asks that you join them in their efforts to make it a space that is “welcoming, stimulating, and happiness producing to people regardless of their ethnicity, sexuality or gender.”

Which is why The Red Rattler Theatre turned down a request by a Hilel, a Jewish NPO, to hire the theatre to put on a series of shows about the Holocaust.

Because, the Holocaust happened to the Jews. And the Jews are the exception to the rules of inclusion.

That seems to be the logic behind The Red Rattlers’ refusal to host the Holocaust series, since Hilel’s request, according to The Australian, “was dismissed with an unsigned email that read: ‘Our policy does not support ­colonialism/Zionism. Therefore we do not host groups that support the colonisation and occupation of Palestine.’”

The Tie In

There’s a tie-in here. A causal link is drawn between the Holocaust, Jews, and Israel on the one side; and the oppression and occupation of “Palestinians” on the other. Once that link is drawn, it becomes acceptable for “decent people” to exclude the Jews from a general policy of inclusion. It’s okay to dismiss the Holocaust, the systematic gassing of 6 million people of a specific ethnicity. Because Jews are the reason for Israel and Israel is the reason for “Palestinian” misery.

In other words, once you see the link between all of these things: Holocaust, Jews, Israel, and Occupation, the Jewish people become the exception to the rule. Jews no longer count as a people. Their narrative doesn’t count because it contradicts the narrative that is beloved by the people behind The Red Rattler Theatre initiative.

And if the narrative of the Jews contradicts the narrative of the Red Rattler Theatre people, by extension, the history of the Jews as the indigenous people of Israel doesn’t count. Archaeological artifacts proving the indigenous nature of the Jewish people also don’t count. The Balfour Declaration and the San Remo Conference? They too, don’t count. Because they contradict the narrative that The Red Rattler Theatre people choose to accept, in spite of history, archaeological artifacts, and international law. Despite the fact of a competing narrative.

Red Rattler

That is the only possible conclusion, considering the very explicit policy statement on The Red Rattler Theatre’s website regarding its “anti-racist strategy.”

One way of testing our performances can be to ask ourselves – if the room is all persons of that ethnicity, am I confident that my show is not racist?

In other words, imagine every seat of The Red Rattler Theatre occupied (excuse the pun) by “Palestinians” during a performance about the Holocaust. How would the audience feel? Naturally, they would feel the way a non-Jewish classmate of mine felt during a high school sociology class on the Holocaust. She turned to me and hissed, “Too bad Hitler didn’t finish the job.”

For many long years, the mantra of the anti-Israel crowd was that criticism of Israel does not presume anti-Semitism. That led to the assertion of a certain ideology with its false narrative of colonization and occupation regarding a place called “Palestine.” By insisting that anti-Israel attitudes were separate from personal feelings of antipathy toward an ethnicity, namely the Jews, the Israel haters managed to cloak this narrative, however devoid of facts and history, in a veneer of respectability. This allowed the haters to trumpet their hate far and wide, without limits. And it made that hatred acceptable.

With hatred of Israel now mainstream, there is no longer any need to continue the farce that hating Israel has nothing to do with hating Jews. The pace of anti-Semitism is picking up on a daily basis all over the world. It has become possible and even de rigueur to express outright hatred for one specific ethnicity, the Jews.

Eternal Woe

And now that it is acceptable to hate the Jews, we don’t have to listen to their tales of eternal woe.

Shows about the Holocaust can now be blocked, because the Holocaust was the reason Europe funded Israel’s “colonialist” aspirations, says this (false) narrative. If it hadn’t had been for the Holocaust, Europe would not have felt guilty and would not have paid out the nose to create the Jewish State. “Palestinians” would not be oppressed if it weren’t for all that Jewish history and the ensuing guilt.

Of course, this is all hogwash. Israel is the indigenous territory of the Jewish people going back thousands of years. There has been a continuous Jewish presence in the territory. At the Passover Seder, the Jews say, “Next year in Jerusalem.”

The history of the Jews in Israel predates the Arab people, predates Islam.

Wartime Population Exchange

And forget any notion of a wartime population exchange. So what if 850,000 Jews were expelled from Arab lands when Israel was declared a Jewish State? So what if Israel took in its Jewish brethren while the Arabs who left pre-state Israel in 1947 were kept as perpetual refugees in an act of collusion by all 22 Arab states?

The Holocaust has nothing to do with “Palestinian oppression.” It has nothing to do with the fact that the Jewish people are the indigenous people of Israel. On the other hand, the Holocaust has everything to do with the hatred of a single people, a single ethnicity, the Jews, and that’s the truth.

As the truth flies in the face of the notions of The Red Rattler Theatre crowd, however, the only thing to do is to close the eyes, to block out the notion of the Holocaust in particular, since it lends credence to the idea of Jew as victim.

Exclude The Holocaust

The only thing to do is exclude, exclude, exclude. Exclude the Jews. Exclude the Holocaust. Exclude all other narratives and the facts that support them.

Exclude the truth.

The policy of The Red Rattler Theatre is exclusion.  The policy of the Red Rattler Theatre is hatred. The policy of The Red Rattler Theatre is to close its eyes to a competing, fact-based narrative.

The policy of The Red Rattler Theatre is to single out a solitary ethnicity as the focus of its overweening hatred.

The Jews.


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Katy Perry And Madonna Speak Out Against Antisemitism Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:54:05 +0000 Props to a couple of the world’s top pop stars today, who have very different styles but a similar desire to speak out against antisemitism.

First up we have Katy Perry, who years ago tweeted out a prayer to Israelis under rocket attack and whose own father has been accused of antisemitism.

My heart was heavy today.
For ever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Nazi murdered about one and a half million men, women and children mainly Jews from various countries of Europe.
Auschwitz – Birkenau
1940-1945 “The one that does not remember history is bound to live through it again”
George Santayana

Next up we have Madonna, who expressed alarm over growing antisemitism in Europe.

Internationally-recognized pop music sensation Madonna on Thursday said anti-Semitism and “growing intolerance” in Europe, and especially in France, has reached a level that “feels like Nazi Germany.”

During an interview with Europe 1 radio that is set to be aired in-full on Friday morning, the pop diva said “anti-Semitism is at an all-time high,” in France and Europe.

Setting aside a fall off-stage during a performance at the Brit Awards Wednesday night in London, the 56-year-old star expressed her concern over the “climate of extreme fear” that she said has surfaced across the European continent, and which she likened to the era during the rise of German fascism.

“We are going through crazy times and it reminds me of Nazi Germany,” Madonna told the radio network.

Madonna lamented that the spirit of freedom and celebration of diversity that she stated she had previously observed in France is now “completely gone.”

With many celebrities seeming to side with evil these days, those who speak out against it deserve props.

No, not that kind.

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David Ward Uses Holocaust Memorial Day To Bash Israel. Again Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:15:00 +0000

You may recall that two years ago, David Ward MP of the Liberal Democrats said the following to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day:

‘Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.’

Today, he continued his fine tradition of marginalizing the Holocaust by again using the occasion to bash Israel.

David Ward MP helps mark Holocaust Memorial Day in Bradford

January 27, 2015 7:11 PM

Bradford MP, David Ward, marked today’s Holocaust Memorial Day, by attending a service of remembrance at Bradford’s City Hall.

Tuesday 27th January marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

The service in Bradford was a very inclusive event involving members of all faith groups with community representatives from the Gypsy Roma and LGBT communities.

Seventy candles will be lit across the UK to mark the occasion and this year’s theme is “Keep the memory alive”.

Commenting David Ward MP said:

“On Holocaust Memorial Day it’s imperative that we share the memory of the millions who have been murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Palestine, Bosnia and Darfur in order to challenge hatred and persecution wherever it resides today.

“The commemoration provides an opportunity for everyone to pause and take a moment to really think about lessons from the Holocaust, and subsequent genocides in order to ensure, where possible that such atrocities cannot happen again and help create a safer, better future for us all.

“Having twice visited Auschwitz, once with the family and once with a group of Bradford school children, the inhumanity of what occurred there is just immeasurable. This is why Holocaust Memorial Day is an important focal point in the year, it’s vital that we remember and reflect upon the horrors of the past, and honour those who survived.”

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say Ward is deliberately taunting Jews.

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Must Watch: Ben Kingsley On Europe Not Grieving The Holocaust Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:40:34 +0000 A great actor and a great mensch

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None Is Too Many Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:42:29 +0000 My heart hurts today.

On the night before the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, I spent the day in court with some friends watching the sentencing of a 17-year-old who attacked a Jewish family this summer at a pro-Hamas Gaza rally.

The day before the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Jews who were marked for death for the crime of being Jewish, and we haven’t learned a goddamn thing. I am sitting here with my head in my hands wondering how we ended up here, in a country I love but do not like very much right now.

William Lyon Mackenzie King

William Lyon Mackenzie King

During World War II, our Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King famously stated “None is too many” when requested to allow for the immigration of Jews escaping the Holocaust. Several notable Canadians spoke up on behalf of the Jews, but to no avail because in the end, the people in power hated Jews and refused to help them. The Jew hatred in Canada was subtle; the Prime minister had bought up all the land near his home so that no Jews could move in close to him. When begged to allow 1000 Jewish orphans to immigrate to Canada, Mackenzie King refused. They died.

Now in 2015, I sat in court and watched as a 17-year-old was given probation and 30-hours community service after assaulting a young Jewish girl and her family, WHILE ON PROBATION FOR AN ILLEGAL WEAPONS CHARGE. There is no possible way that this is justice; a group of over 30 people crossed the street and attacked a family of 6 and a young man that was with them. This was no “escalation of violence between groups” as the “agreed statement of facts” between the prosecution and defense suggested. It was a lynching – a mob attacking a family, a Jewish family. But today in Canada, we would not see justice, we would see that same attitude towards Jews that Mackenzie King displayed, indifference to their suffering and outright bigotry.

I am sitting here dwelling on this, because it doesn’t seem real. During the attack, people were screaming “Kill the Jews” as my good friend’s nephew was dragged around by an Israeli flag tied around his neck. His daughter, my beautiful little friend who I see like a little sister, was punched in the face, thrown to ground, kicked repeatedly and had one scumbag run and try to jump on her head with both feet while she lay on the ground. My friends son was punched kicked and BITTEN, and his wife who had just had surgery, was punched in the stomach, all while my friend was held back and unable to help them. The hatred must have been incredible for people to act in such an inhuman manner towards other human beings.

Yet somehow this wasn’t called a hate crime, supposedly because it wasn’t planned. But lets be honest, this sort of hate doesn’t just spontaneously pop up. They were not screaming “Kill the white Canadian family” but rather “Kill the Jews.” 70 years after the Holocaust, in Calgary – a city filled with people who fought the evil of the genocidal Nazi regime – in a country filled with those who fought and died, first this attack and then a week later we saw these same Arab kids chanting ” All hail Hitler” (because they were too stupid to know the difference between hail and heil.). We saw those same Arab kids follow several Jewish and non Jewish people after we counter protested to take back our city, and the kid who was found guilty today was one of the ones who followed us to our cars and ran across the street to try to attack a few of us. I told the cop who stopped him to “Let him go, I will take care of this quickly for everyone,” and the cop looked tempted.

I am sort of known for fighting fights that look un-winnable, I have a reputation for winning because losing is simply not an option. When people told me that Native Canadians supported the Arabs , I didn’t accept that. Instead, I found an argument that is unassailable and shows native people that in fact our commonalities are with the indigenous Jewish people and not the Arabs who attempted to colonize them. And while its been slow, it’s also been effective because its the truth. Groups like SPHR (Students for Palestinian Human Rights) and CJPME (Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East) should be paying attention. People like Saima Jamal (the “peace activist” who organised the rally where my friends were attacked and then laughed about it on Facebook) better be paying attention because you may see this kid’s ridiculously light sentence and think you have won something, but you are on the list now and CUWI’s list is a bad place to be.

We won’t stop fighting back. We understand that it’s a legal system not a justice system, so we started a Group called One Nation Society for Democracy and it’s specifically to prevent this sort of thing from ever happening in Canada again. We are fundraising now to help us fight this battle on the offensive, because we do not believe that Canada should accept the attitude that led to “None is too many” ever again.

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Jimmy Carter Advising UK Holocaust Commission On How To Remember Holocaust Sun, 01 Jun 2014 05:55:50 +0000 The Onion called and asked for its story back.

I doubt Carter can remember whether or not he put on his diaper, let alone the Holocaust.

But more to the point: Carter really does have a hard time remembering the Holocaust, or at least mentioning it.

Carter’s book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” while exceptionally sensitive to Palestinian suffering, ignores a legacy of mistreatment, expulsion and murder committed against Jews. It trivializes the murder of Israelis. Now, facing a storm of criticism, he has relied on anti-Semitic stereotypes in defense.

One cannot ignore the Holocaust’s impact on Jewish identity and the history of the Middle East conflict. When an Ahmadinejad or Hamas threatens to destroy Israel, Jews have historical precedent to believe them. Jimmy Carter either does not understand this or considers it irrelevant.

His book, which dwells on the Palestinian refugee experience, makes two fleeting references to the Holocaust. The book contains a detailed chronology of major developments necessary for the reader to understand the current situation in the Middle East. Remarkably, there is nothing listed between 1939 and 1947. Nitpickers might say that the Holocaust did not happen in the region. However, this event sealed in the minds of almost all the world’s people then the need for the Jewish people to have a Jewish state in their ancestral homeland. Carter never discusses the Jewish refugees who were prevented from entering Palestine before and after the war. One of Israel’s first acts upon declaring statehood was to send ships to take those people “home.”

A guiding principle of Israel is that never again will persecuted Jews be left with no place to go. Israel’s ideal of Jewish refuge is enshrined in laws that grant immediate citizenship to any Jew who requests it. A Jew, for purposes of this law, is anyone who, had that person lived in Nazi Germany, would have been stripped of citizenship by the Nuremberg Laws.

Compare Carter’s approach with that of Rashid Khalidi, head of Columbia University’s Middle East Institute and a professor of Arab studies there. His recent book “The Iron Cage” contains more than a dozen references to the seminal place the Holocaust and anti-Semitism hold in the Israeli worldview. This from a Palestinian who does not cast himself as an evenhanded negotiator.

In contrast, by almost ignoring the Holocaust, Carter gives inadvertent comfort to those who deny its importance or even its historical reality, in part because it helps them deny Israel’s right to exist.

Which is hardly surprising, given he has recently changed his legacy from worst US President in history to worst US President in history who is also a vile antisemite.

Update: An oldie but a goodie:

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Israeli Anti-Israel Freakazoid From Hell Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:03:15 +0000 I’m sorry I am posting this at all – let alone right after Yom Hashoa – but I see part of our purpose as pointing out the moral bankruptcy of the anti-Israel crowd.

Whether they are Israeli or not.

This is “art” with a capital F.

She’s the (hairy) pits.

Hat tip: Uri

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