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October 18, 2012 12:37 pm

Popular Arab Daily: Only Difference Between IDF and Nazis is Gas Ovens

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Leading Arab daily newspaper based in London, Al-Quds Al-Arabi, published an editorial this morning comparing Israel to Nazi Germany, The Times of Israel reported. “The only thing left is to send them to the gas ovens,” screamed the headline of the article which was not signed, but carried the Twitter handle of editor-in-chief Abdel Bari Atwan at the bottom.

The popular paper which was founded in 1989 has an estimated circulation of between 15,000 and 50,000. The paper has reputation of taking a populist and aggressive stance towards Israel.

The article, cites recently released material which showed that the Israeli Defense Forces calculated the calories needed by Gaza residents while overseeing exports to the Strip. This was done in order to prevent a humanitarian crisis, while enforcing a ban on importing illegal weapons according to the IDF.

“The Israeli army, through its inhumane treatment of over two million Palestinians besieged by land, sea and air, reminds us of similar treatment by the Nazi army of Jewish inmates in the Nazi camps. The only difference is that the Israeli army hasn’t sent the Palestinians to the gas ovens, at least not yet,” accused the editorial, as translated by The Times of Israel.

“The Gaza Strip has turned into a big prison, the keys of which are held by the Israeli army. This army’s level of sadism has reached the point of depriving [Gaza of] medicine, food and fuel, and bombarding it on a quasi-daily basis by airplanes to kill activists who oppose this inhumane behavior.”

“Israel’s army and its leadership take pleasure in torturing the Palestinian people and enjoy its moans of deprivation and suffering. They do this under the watchful eye of the democratic free world, reassured of no external intervention. For who can challenge Israel and protest this behavior?”

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  • Comparing Israel to the Nazis is inappropriate and reflects more the inability to control ones emotions more than the reality. It also demeans the legitimate criticism of Israel’s abuse of the Palestinians by exaggerating the oppression to unjustified levels. Yes, Israel oppresses Palestinians, but they are not gassing the entire population. They are imprisoning Palestinians int he Gaza and blocking aid and food and more. As to the guy who says Gaza borders Egypt and Jordan borders the West Bank, that is true but ISRAEL’s military controls those borders. The Arab-Israeli conflict is plagued by emotion, exaggerations and obscene distortions. Nothing comes close to the murder of 6 million Jews, but that doesn’t mean Israel is not engaged in war crimes or the murder of innocent civilians. But 10,000 dead over the course of 65 years, and 750,000 refugees during the same period, does not compare to the murder of 6 million Jews and 11 million non-Jews by the Nazis, one of the most abhorrent and despicable groups to commit atrocities ever in the world.



  • Unfortunately, Jonathan Littell, American-born winner of France’s prestigious Prix Goncourt writing award, holds the same view.

    “I a May 2008 interview with Haaretz, Littell accused Israel of using the Holocaust for political gain and likened Israel’s behavior in the occupied territories to that of the Nazis prior to World War II: “If the [Israeli] government would let the soldiers do worse things, they would…

    Although he does not consider himself a Jew, his ancestors fled the Russian Empire to avoid the Pogroms.

    France awarded him citizenship after he won the Goncourt for “meritorious actions contribute to the glory of France.” Go figure.

  • Ron Holzwarth

    Q) Have they checked a map?
    A) Egypt shares a border with the Gaza Strip, and Jordan shares a border with the West Bank. So the Palestinians are not trapped by Israel, but they maybe are being trapped by other Arab nations.

    Q) Have they checked reality?
    A) No, because it would interfere with their delusions.

    Q) Can they read?
    A) Probably, but they choose not to.

  • GZLives

    Imagine primitive savages have learned to write …