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FTR #834 Compendium of Fascist Connections to the Zionist Movement

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Intro­duc­tion: Con­tro­ver­sy in both Israel and the Unit­ed States has sur­round­ed the impend­ing appear­ance by Ben­jamin Netanyahu before the U.S. Con­gress. The appear­ance stems from an invi­ta­tion by House Speak­er John Boehn­er, who was obvi­ous­ly mov­ing to under­cut and embarass Barack Oba­ma.

Like the GOP, which has incor­prat­ed fas­cists and Nazis into its ranks, the Likud Par­ty of Ben­jamin Netanyahu is no stranger to fas­cism.

This broad­cast reviews and updates past and present links between the Israeli right-wing and fas­cist ele­ments of var­i­ous stripes.

Ben­jamin Netanyahu’s polit­i­cal views have evolved from those of his father, who was per­son­al sec­re­tary to Vladimir Jabotin­sky, head of the Betar, a fas­cist ele­ment with­in the Zion­ist move­ment.

Excerpt­ing Mis­cel­la­neous Archive Show M30, the pro­gram sets forth the fas­cist ide­ol­o­gy of “Ze’ev” (nee “Vladimir” Jabotin­sky). (The pro­gram was record­ed in the fall of 1983.) The text is excerpt­ed from Alexan­der Cock­burn’s arti­cle “His­to­ry as the Pro­pa­gan­da of the Vic­tors” in The Vil­lage Voice of 10/12/1982.

The pro­gram notes that Jabotin­sky’s Betar: took mil­i­tary train­ing under the aus­pices of Mus­soli­ni; had its cadre reviewed by Il Duce; saw their alliance with Mus­soli­ni as one of ide­ol­o­gy not mere con­ve­nience; sup­port­ed Mus­solin­i’s inva­sion of Ethiopia; felt that Zion­ism should man­i­fest itself as a form of fas­cism (under­scor­ing the supe­ri­or­i­ty of Euro­pean peo­ples over the dark­er-skinned races).

Links between the Likud and Ital­ian fas­cism have con­tin­ued to this day. Next, we review the dis­cus­sion of a 1998 con­gress of the AN, the Ital­ian Fas­cist Par­ty that is the direct lin­eal descen­dant of and heir to Mussolini’s black­shirts. Present at that meet­ing were GOP Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bob Young, rep­re­sent­ing the Repub­li­can Par­ty, and Udi Cohen, rep­re­sent­ing the Likud Par­ty of Ben­jamin Netanyahu. (This excerpt is tak­en from FTR #94, record­ed on 5/5/1998.)

The recent meet­ing of an Israeli cab­i­net min­is­ter with a promi­nent Swedish fas­cist is the lat­est exam­ple of a long-stand­ing fea­ture of the behav­ior of that country’s polit­i­cal right wing. Israelis and Zion­ists from the right side of the polit­i­cal spec­trum have main­tained con­tact and inter­ac­tion with ele­ments of the fas­cist inter­na­tion­al. In par­tic­u­lar, mem­bers of the Likud and oth­er Israeli far-right par­ties have con­ducted polit­i­cal inter­face with Euro­pean Nazis and fas­cists.

Anoth­er right-wing Israeli polit­i­cal con­tin­gent has reached out to Euro­pean fas­cists. Com­muning with Russ­ian fas­cists, the “Nation­al Uni­ty” bloc has impressed the leader of the Nation­al Demo­c­ra­tic Alliance, who feels the two groups have much in com­mon.

Fol­low­ing on the heels of an Iraeli deputy minister’s schmooz­ing with a promi­nent Swedish neo-fas­cist financier, Aryeh Eldad’s hob­nob­bing with Ilya Lazarenko per­pet­u­ates the dis­turb­ing pat­tern of Zionist/fascist inter­face dat­ing back to the pre-World War II peri­od.

Recap­ping more mate­r­i­al from Mis­cel­la­neous Archive Show M30, the pro­gram details the abortive rela­tion­ship between the Haganah and the SS. Pri­or to the Wannsee Con­fer­ence and the com­mence­ment of the “Final Solu­tion,” the SS and the Haganah actu­al­ly formed an alliance to coop­er­ate in pro­mot­ing Jew­ish emi­gra­tion to Pales­tine. This abort­ed coop­er­a­tion was adopt­ed to make Ger­many “Juden­rein” (“Jew-Free”) and to dri­ve a wedge into the British hold­ings in the Mid­dle East.

We con­clude by look­ing at the influ­ence of the remark­able and dead­ly Bor­mann cap­i­tal net­work in Israel. Con­tribut­ing both direct­ly from Latin Amer­i­ca and through dona­tions made through Jew­ish busi­ness­men incor­po­rat­ed into the Bor­mann machine, the net­work is among the clan­des­tine play­ers in Israeli pol­i­tics.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: Pre-war net­work­ing between Adolph Eich­mann and ele­ments of the Haganah; review of the GOP’s Nazi ele­ment; review of the role of Otto von Bolschwing in form­ing the GOP’s Nazi ele­ment; a syn­op­tic overview on the absur­di­ty of call­ing Israel and/or the Zion­ist move­ment as a whole “fas­cist.”

1a. Ben­jamin Netanyahu’s polit­i­cal views have evolved from those of his father, who was per­son­al sec­re­tary to Vladi­mi Jabotin­sky, head of the Betar, a fas­cist ele­ment with­in the Zion­ist move­ment.

“Ben-Zion Netanyahu Dies at 102: Father of Israeli Prime Min­is­ter” by Bat­she­va Sobel­man; Los Ange­les Times; 5/01/2012.

His­to­ri­an Ben-Zion Netanyahu, the father of Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu and the man said to have had the most pro­found influ­ence on the con­ser­v­a­tive Israeli leader, died ear­ly Mon­day in his Jerusalem home. He was 102.

The elder Netanyahu served as the per­son­al sec­re­tary of Zion­is­m’s promi­nent Revi­sion­ist leader, Zeev Jabotin­sky, in the Unit­ed States dur­ing World War II, lob­by­ing for the cre­ation of a Jew­ish state. He also pur­sued his aca­d­e­m­ic work, spe­cial­iz­ing in medieval Span­ish Jew­ry and the roots of the Span­ish Inqui­si­tion.

Many attribute the prime min­is­ter’s deep con­vic­tions and inter­est in his­to­ry to his father’s unwa­ver­ing hawk­ish beliefs; the Revi­sion­ist move­ment dif­fered sharply from the social­ist Zion­ists of the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry and did not believe in par­ti­tion­ing what was Pales­tine dur­ing the British man­date into sep­a­rate Jew­ish and Arab states. . . .

1b. More about the influ­ence of the elder Netanyahu on his son:

“Received Wis­dom? How the Ide­ol­o­gy of Netanyahu’s Late Father Influ­enced the Son” by Karl Vick; Time; 5/02/2012.

. . . .But in recent decades Israeli pol­i­tics came to be dom­i­nat­ed by the Likud, the par­ty found­ed on the phi­los­o­phy of Ze’ev Jabotinksy, the man Ben­zion Netanyahu went to Amer­i­ca to serve as sec­re­tary, and whose vision he car­ried on after Jabotinsky’s death. The ide­ol­o­gy called for a “Greater Israel” that stretched across not only the West Bank but even across what is today Jor­dan,  land regard­ed as promised to the Jews in the view of Revi­sion­ist Zion­ism, as the move­ment was known. It was a robust, even mil­i­taris­tic move­ment that called for an “iron wall” between the new­ly found­ed state and the Arabs sur­round­ing it. . . .

1c. Excerpt­ing Mis­cel­la­neous Archive Show M30, the pro­gram sets forth the fas­cist ide­ol­o­gy of “Ze’ev” (nee “Vladimir” Jabotin­sky). (The pro­gram was record­ed in the fall of 1983.) The text is excerpt­ed from Alexan­der Cock­burn’s arti­cle “His­to­ry as the Pro­pa­gan­da of the Vic­tors” in The Vil­lage Voice of 10/12/1982.

The pro­gram notes that Jabotin­sky’s Betar: took mil­i­tary train­ing under the aus­pices of Mus­soli­ni; had its cadre reviewed by Il Duce; saw their alliance with Mus­soli­ni as one of ide­ol­o­gy not mere con­ve­nience; sup­port­ed Mus­solin­i’s inva­sion of Ethiopia; felt that Zion­ism should man­i­fest itself as a form of fas­cism (under­scor­ing the supe­ri­or­i­ty of Euro­pean peo­ples over the dark­er-skinned races).

2. Next, we review the dis­cus­sion of a 1998 con­gress of the AN, the Ital­ian Fas­cist Par­ty that is the direct lin­eal descen­dant of and heir to Mussolini’s black­shirts. Present at that meet­ing were GOP Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bob Young, rep­re­sent­ing the Repub­li­can Par­ty, and Udi Cohen, rep­re­sent­ing the Likud Par­ty of Ben­jamin Netanyahu. (This excerpt is tak­en from FTR #94, record­ed on 5/5/1998.)

3. The recent meet­ing of an Israeli cab­i­net min­is­ter with a promi­nent Swedish fas­cist is the lat­est exam­ple of a long-stand­ing fea­ture of the behav­ior of that country’s polit­i­cal right wing. Israelis and Zion­ists from the right side of the polit­i­cal spec­trum con­tin­ue to main­tain con­tact and inter­ac­tion with ele­ments of the fas­cist inter­na­tion­al. In par­tic­u­lar, mem­bers of the Likud and oth­er Israeli far-right par­ties have con­ducted polit­i­cal inter­face with Euro­pean Nazis and fas­cists. Note that Ayoob Kara also met with the head of the Aus­trian Free­dom Par­ty, the neo-fas­cist par­ty for­merly head­ed up by Jurg Haider.

“Deputy Min­is­ter Meets neo-Nazi Mil­lion­aire” by Eldad Beck; ynet­news.com; 7/4/2011.

 Deputy Min­is­ter Ayoob Kara met with Swedish-Ger­man mil­lion­aire Patrik Brinkmann who has ties with Ger­man neo-Nazi groups in Berlin over the week­end, Yedio­th Ahronoth report­ed.

Brinkmann, who is try­ing to estab­lish a far-right anti-Islam­ic par­ty in Ger­many claims he is not an anti-Semi­te, how­ever his pre­vi­ous close con­tacts with the Ger­man neo-Nazi par­ty (NPD) and his past mem­ber­ship in anoth­er neo-Nazi par­ty raise ques­tions regard­ing his ide­ol­o­gy.

Brinkmann, 44, made his for­tune in the Swedish real estate busi­ness in the 1980s before becom­ing mixed in tax prob­lems in his home coun­try. As legal bat­tles were going on he used the major­ity of his finances for the estab­lish­ment of two research foun­da­tions which became close­ly affil­i­ated with far-right and neo-Nazi ele­ments in Ger­many. . . .

. . . Sev­eral months ago, Kara met with Aus­trian Free­dom Par­ty leader Heinz-Chris­t­ian Stra­che who was once active in neo-Nazi groups.  . . .

4. Anoth­er right-wing Israeli polit­i­cal con­tin­gent has reached out to Euro­pean fas­cists. Com­muning with Russ­ian fas­cists, the “Nation­al Uni­ty” bloc has impressed the leader of the Nation­al Demo­c­ra­tic Alliance, who feels the two groups have much in com­mon.

Fol­low­ing on the heels of an Iraeli deputy minister’s schmooz­ing with a promi­nent Swedish neo-fas­cist financier, Aryeh Eldad’s hob­nob­bing with Ilya Lazarenko per­pet­u­ates the dis­turb­ing pat­tern of Zionist/fascist inter­face dat­ing back to the pre-World War II peri­od.

“The Unholy Alliance: How Israeli Wingnuts Befriend­ed Russ­ian Hitlerophiles” by Sergey Romanov; Lit­tle Green Foot­balls; 7/14/2011.

Russ­ian nation­al­ists met in Israel with right-wing Zion­ists.

One of the lead­ers of Russia’s Nation­al Demo­c­ra­tic Alliance, who vis­ited Israel togeth­er with his col­leagues at the invi­ta­tion of reli­gious-right-wing Zion­ists, came to the con­clu­sion that the two polit­i­cal forces have a lot in com­mon ...

Since last week, in Israel there is a group of mod­er­ate [eth­nic] Russ­ian nation­al­ists from Rus­sia, arrived here at the invi­ta­tion of the reli­gious-right bloc “Ihud ha-Leu­mi” (“Nation­al Uni­ty”). The lead­ers of an inter­re­gional pub­lic asso­ci­a­tion of the Nation­al Demo­c­ra­tic Alliance (estab­lished in March 2010) made sev­eral trips to the Holy Land, vis­ited the Knes­set, and the memo­r­ial com­plex “Yad Vashem”. Fol­low­ing the vis­it, co-chair­man of the move­ment Ilya Lazarenko came to the con­clu­sion that the Russ­ian nation­al­ists and right-wing Zion­ists have much in com­mon. “We are very much in com­mon, and first of all — rejec­tion of vio­lent Islamism, which is a threat to civ­i­liza­tion — he said to the por­tal IzRus. — We also have some ide­o­log­i­cal over­lap asso­ci­ated with the objec­tives of nation-build­ing and its oper­a­tion.” . . . .

5. Recap­ping more mate­r­i­al from Mis­cel­la­neous Archive Show M30, the pro­gram details the abortive rela­tion­ship between the Haganah and the SS. Pri­or to the Wannsee Con­fer­ence and the com­mence­ment of the “Final Solu­tion,” the SS and the Haganah actu­al­ly formed an alliance to coop­er­ate in pro­mot­ing Jew­ish emi­gra­tion to Pales­tine. This abort­ed coop­er­a­tion was adopt­ed to make Ger­many “Juden­rein” (“Jew-Free”) and to dri­ve a wedge into the British hold­ings in the Mid­dle East.

Two of the key SS offi­cers involved in coor­di­nat­ing this alliance were Adolph Eich­mann and Otto von Bolschwing.

6a. Bor­man­n’s busi­ness oper­a­tions have includ­ed Jew­ish par­tic­i­pants as a mat­ter of strate­gic intent. In turn, this has giv­en the Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion con­sid­er­able influ­ence in Israel. The excerpts are read from FTR #305.

Mar­tin Bor­mann: Nazi in Exile; Paul Man­ning; Copy­right 1981 [HC]; Lyle Stu­art Inc.; ISBN 0–8184–0309–8; pp. 226–227.

. . . .Since the found­ing of Israel, the Fed­er­al Repub­lic of Ger­many had paid out 85.3 bil­lion marks, by the end of 1977, to sur­vivors of the Holo­caust. East Ger­many ignores any such lia­bil­i­ty. From South Amer­i­ca, where pay­ment must be made with sub­tle­ty, the Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion has made a sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion. It has drawn many of the bright­est Jew­ish busi­ness­men into a par­tic­i­pa­to­ry role in the devel­op­ment of many of its cor­po­ra­tions, and many of these Jews share their pros­per­i­ty most gen­er­ous­ly with Israel. If their pro­pos­als are sound, they are even pro­vid­ed with a spe­cial­ly dis­pensed ven­ture cap­i­tal fund. I spoke with one Jew­ish busi­ness­man in Hart­ford, Con­necti­cut. He had arrived there quite unknown sev­er­al years before our con­ver­sa­tion, but with Bor­mann mon­ey as his lever­age. Today he is more than a mil­lion­aire, a qui­et leader in the com­mu­ni­ty with a cer­tain share of his prof­its ear­marked, as always, for his ven­ture cap­i­tal bene­fac­tors. This has tak­en place in many oth­er instances across Amer­i­ca and demon­strates how Bor­man­n’s peo­ple oper­ate in the con­tem­po­rary com­mer­cial world, in con­trast to the fan­ci­ful non­sense with which Nazis are described in so much ‘lit­er­a­ture.’ So much empha­sis is placed on select Jew­ish par­tic­i­pa­tion in Bor­mann com­pa­nies that when Adolf Eich­mann was seized and tak­en to Tel Aviv to stand tri­al, it pro­duced a shock wave in the Jew­ish and Ger­man com­mu­ni­ties of Buenos Aires. Jew­ish lead­ers informed the Israeli author­i­ties in no uncer­tain terms that this must nev­er hap­pen again because a rep­e­ti­tion would per­ma­nent­ly rup­ture rela­tions with the Ger­mans of Latin Amer­i­ca, as well as with the Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion, and cut off the flow of Jew­ish mon­ey to Israel. It nev­er hap­pened again, and the pur­suit of Bor­mann qui­et­ed down at the request of these Jew­ish lead­ers. He is resid­ing in an Argen­tine safe haven, pro­tect­ed by the most effi­cient Ger­man infra­struc­ture in his­to­ry as well as by all those whose pros­per­i­ty depends on his well-being. Per­son­al invi­ta­tion is the only way to reach him. . . .

6b. The pro­gram relates an inci­dent in which orga­nized crime king­pin Mey­er Lan­sky tried to black­mail the Bor­mann group, which result­ed in his removal from Israel.

Ibid.; pp.227–228.

. . . . .A reveal­ing insight into this inter­na­tion­al finan­cial and indus­tri­al net­work was giv­en me by a mem­ber of the Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion resid­ing in West Ger­many. Mey­er Lan­sky, he said, the finan­cial advi­sor to the Las Vegas—Miami under­world sent a mes­sage to Bor­mann through my West Ger­man SS con­tact. Lan­sky promised that if he received a piece of Bor­man­n’s action he would keep the Israeli agents off Bor­man­n’s back. ‘I have a very good rela­tion with the Israeli secret police’ was his claim, although he was to be kicked out of Israel when his pres­ence became too noted—and also at the urg­ing of Bor­man­n’s secu­ri­ty chief in South Amer­i­ca. At the time Lan­sky was in the pent­house suite of Jerusalem’s King David Hotel, in which he owned stock. He had fled to Israel to evade a U.S. fed­er­al war­rant for his arrest. He sent his mes­sage to Bor­mann through his bag man in Switzer­land, John Pull­man, also want­ed in the Unit­ed States on a fed­er­al war­rant. Lan­sky told Pull­man to make this offer ‘which he can’t refuse.’ The offer was for­ward­ed to Buenos Aires, where it was greet­ed with laugh­ter. When the laugh­ter died down, it was replaced with action. Mey­er was evict­ed from Israel and was told by Swiss author­i­ties to stay out of their coun­try, so he flew to South Amer­i­ca. There he offered any pres­i­dent who would give him asy­lum a cool $1 mil­lion in cash. He was turned down every­where and had to con­tin­ue his flight to Mia­mi, where U.S. mar­shals, alert­ed, were wait­ing to take him into cus­tody. . . .

 

Discussion

6 comments for “FTR #834 Compendium of Fascist Connections to the Zionist Movement”

  1. Great col­lage of old­er broad­casts weav­ing them togeth­er though time.

    As Dav­e’s said, quot­ing William Faulkn­er: ‘the past is not dead it is not even past.’

    Posted by Dusty | February 10, 2015, 10:42 am
  2. The Zion­ist Move­ment orig­i­nat­ed as one of two ways to deal with the anti­semitism that flour­ished in Europe as a response to the fram­ing of Drey­fus. The Zion­ists, in effect, sided with the anti­semites in agree­ing with them that Jews don’t belong in Euro­pean coun­tries, but instead should have their own sep­a­rate coun­try. The Jew­ish social­ists, on the oth­er hand, went on to form the Jew­ish Bund or joined mul­ti-eth­nic social­ist orga­ni­za­tions. Of course, there were also non-Zion­ist, non-social­ist Haskalah (renais­sance) Jews, and devout­ly reli­gious Jews who were nei­ther. The main avowed ene­my of Hitler’s Nazis was­n’t the Jews, as much as the Nazis embraced and aug­ment­ed the already ram­pant anti­semitism among Catholics and Luther­ans, but Marx­ism. This can be seen from the huge ban­ner drap­ing Hitler’s first pub­lic speech as Chan­cel­lor of Ger­many, which reads, “Make Ger­many Marx­ism-free!”, NOT “Make Ger­many Jew-free!”, here (at the 5:00 minute mark): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnpTWKKWQ1o&t=05m00s

    Posted by Atlanta Bill | January 10, 2016, 6:16 am
  3. Posted by Dave Emory | January 10, 2016, 12:40 pm
  4. @ Dave Emory -
    Thanks. I’ve heard both inter­views, in fact all 10 of them. I have the links in a text file handy for copy­ing and past­ing into com­ments. They’re ter­rif­ic, and I think you should be com­mend­ed for defer­ring so much to Peter since you’ve been research­ing the top­ic for so much longer than he has, and for hold­ing back and let­ting him do the talk­ing. The inter­est­ing thing about Peter is that it was serendip­i­tous per­son­al encoun­ters that got him inter­est­ed in the Under­ground Reich; gives him cred­i­bil­i­ty, even more than the tone of sin­cer­i­ty that he projects. It was watch­ing videos of Peter’s ear­li­er inter­views and pre­sen­ta­tions that had me search­ing for more on the top­ic in the way he laid it out, which in a very short time led me to you and Spit­fire List.
    [You need­n’t post this]

    Posted by Atlanta Bill | November 20, 2016, 5:13 am
  5. Here’s a pair of sto­ries that high­lights one of the more unex­pect­ed forces that has helped fuel the growth of gov­ern­ment-backed Holo­caust revi­sion­ism and denial across East­ern Europe: the de fac­to endorse­ment of this trend by Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu.

    First, here’s an arti­cle about the crit­i­cisms Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu is receiv­ing for his warm wel­come to Prime Min­is­ter Saulius Skver­nelis of Lithua­nia, one of the Euro­pean coun­tries that’s most aggres­sive­ly embraced Holo­caust revi­sion­ism in recent years. Part of the rea­son for this crit­i­cism is that it comes a week after Netanyahu gave a sim­i­lar warm wel­come to Petro Poroshenko, the Pres­i­dent of Ukraine where Holo­caust revi­sion­ism has been ram­pant and backed by the state. And then there’s Netanyahu’s back­ing of Vik­tor Orban in Hun­gary and the lead­ers of Poland. So, basi­cal­ly, there’s noth­ing these Euro­pean coun­tries can do in terms of offi­cial Holo­caust revi­sion­ism that would cause Netan­hayu to refuse rolling out the red car­pet for the lead­ers who are pre­sid­ing over these poli­cies. But as the arti­cle notes, there are some groups Netanyahu will crit­i­cize for anti-Semi­tism: Mus­lims and left-wingers:

    Asso­ci­at­ed Press

    Israel leader scorned for woo­ing Holo­caust-dis­tort­ing allies

    By ARON HELLER
    Jan­u­ary 30, 2019

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu’s warm wel­come to Lithuania’s prime min­is­ter marks his lat­est embrace of an east­ern Euro­pean leader who has offered strong polit­i­cal sup­port while pro­mot­ing a dis­tort­ed image of the Holo­caust.

    Lithua­nia is among a slew of for­mer com­mu­nist nations swept up in a wave of World War II-era revi­sion­ism that seeks to dimin­ish their cul­pa­bil­i­ty in the Holo­caust while mak­ing heroes out of anti-Sovi­et nation­al­ists involved in the mass killing of Jews. In Israel, estab­lished in the wake of the Nazi geno­cide of 6 mil­lion Jews, many say Netanyahu is cyn­i­cal­ly betray­ing the vic­tims’ mem­o­ry.

    Lithua­nia, for instance, has been a lead­ing force behind cre­at­ing a joint memo­r­i­al day for all vic­tims of total­i­tar­i­an­ism, blur­ring the dis­tinc­tion between the crimes of the Nazis and the com­mu­nists who fought them.

    It also has pushed for leg­is­la­tion to pro­hib­it the sale of books that “dis­tort Lithuan­ian his­to­ry” by cit­ing the ram­pant, doc­u­ment­ed col­lab­o­ra­tion of the local pop­u­la­tion with Nazis. Most recent­ly it has resist­ed calls to remove the var­i­ous plaques com­mem­o­rat­ing anti-Sovi­et fight­er Jonas Nor­ei­ka, despite recent rev­e­la­tions by his own grand­daugh­ter, Sil­via Foti, that he was a fierce anti-Semi­te who had a role in the mur­der of thou­sands of Jews.

    Near­ly all of Lithuania’s 200,000 Jews were killed in the Holo­caust.

    When Netanyahu, who has Lithuan­ian roots, vis­it­ed Vil­nius last year, he praised Prime Min­is­ter Saulius Skver­nelis for tak­ing “great steps to com­mem­o­rate the vic­tims of the Holo­caust” and for fight­ing mod­ern-day anti-Semi­tism.

    “It’s unfor­giv­able. Netanyahu is giv­ing them a green light,” said Efraim Zuroff, the chief Nazi-hunter of the Simon Wiesen­thal Cen­ter. “It’s like prais­ing the Ku Klux Klan for improv­ing racial rela­tions in the South.”

    “We have to say the truth. We owe it to the vic­tims,” he added.

    In a meet­ing with Israeli Pres­i­dent Reuven Rivlin on Tues­day, Skver­nelis said “Lithua­nia has been learn­ing the lessons of the past” and was “improv­ing the life of the Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty and restor­ing his­tor­i­cal sites.”

    At Tuesday’s meet­ing, Netanyahu tread­ed cau­tious­ly. He referred to the “tragedies of the past” but steered clear of any crit­i­cism of mod­ern Lithua­nia, prais­ing the “spir­it of friend­ship” and “a bridge from the past to a future.”

    Skver­nelis’ vis­it comes a week after Netanyahu sim­i­lar­ly rolled out the red car­pet for Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, whose par­lia­ment just des­ig­nat­ed the birth­day of Ukrain­ian wartime col­lab­o­ra­tor Stepan Ban­dera a nation­al hol­i­day. A region­al leg­is­la­ture declared 2019 “the year of Stepan Ban­dera.”

    Bandera’s forces fought along­side the Nazis and were impli­cat­ed in the mur­der of thou­sands of Jews. As Poroshenko was vis­it­ing Israel, anoth­er memo­r­i­al was being erect­ed in Kiev for Symon Petliu­ra, whose troops are linked to pogroms that killed as many as 50,000 Jews after World War I.

    Netanyahu’s out­reach in east­ern Europe is part of his larg­er strat­e­gy of forg­ing alliances to counter the crit­i­cism Israel faces in the Unit­ed Nations and oth­er inter­na­tion­al forums over its treat­ment of the Pales­tini­ans.

    Crit­ics con­sid­er it a deal with the dev­il. They say Netanyahu — who often invokes the Holo­caust when inveigh­ing against archri­val Iran — turns a blind eye when it comes to like-mind­ed allies.

    “It’s a spe­cif­ic maneu­ver that legit­imizes anti-Semi­tism and bor­ders on Holo­caust denial,” said Tamar Zand­berg, leader of the dovish Meretz par­ty.

    ...

    Under com­mu­nist rule, the Holo­caust was not seri­ous­ly dealt with and, upon inde­pen­dence, the new­found east­ern and cen­tral Euro­pean nations sought to can­on­ize nation­al­ist icons who resist­ed the Sovi­ets, while large­ly ignor­ing their crimes along­side the Nazis. Domes­tic aca­d­e­mics who have chal­lenged the false nar­ra­tive have been shamed, and exter­nal crit­i­cism has often been met with new anti-Semit­ic out­bursts.

    For coun­tries like Lithua­nia and Ukraine, the warm embrace of the Israeli leader pro­vides a strong defense against accu­sa­tion of anti-Semi­tism while also strength­en­ing ties with a close U.S. ally.

    Netanyahu has also formed a close alliance with Hun­gar­i­an Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Orban, who has lav­ished praise on Mik­los Hor­thy, Hungary’s World War II-era ruler, who intro­duced anti-Semit­ic laws and col­lab­o­rat­ed with the Nazis. Orban has also employed anti-Semit­ic tropes against the Jew­ish Hun­gar­i­an-Amer­i­can bil­lion­aire phil­an­thropist George Soros and backed a state-fund­ed muse­um that experts say plays down the role of Hun­gar­i­an col­lab­o­ra­tors.

    Netanyahu also struck a deal with Pol­ish lead­ers over their country’s con­tro­ver­sial Holo­caust speech law, which would have crim­i­nal­ized blam­ing the Pol­ish nation for crimes com­mit­ted against Jews dur­ing World War II.

    Israeli Holo­caust his­to­ri­ans slammed the agree­ment, which seemed to accept a Pol­ish nar­ra­tive that they were only vic­tims of the Nazis. Schol­ars say anti-Semi­tism was deeply root­ed in pre-war Poland and Poles might have either killed or helped Ger­mans kill up to 200,000 Jews.

    Still, Netanyahu has invit­ed Orban and Pol­ish Prime Min­is­ter Mateusz Moraw­iec­ki — who last year equat­ed Pol­ish per­pe­tra­tors in the Holo­caust to sup­posed “Jew­ish per­pe­tra­tors” — to Israel in Feb­ru­ary for a sum­mit with the lead­ers of the Czech Repub­lic and Slo­va­kia.

    Yair Lapid, leader of the cen­trist Yesh Atid par­ty and the son of a Holo­caust sur­vivor, called on Netanyahu to can­cel the meet­ing, say­ing one prime min­is­ter has “pub­lished anti-Semit­ic con­tent” and anoth­er “passed a law des­e­crat­ing the mem­o­ry of Holo­caust vic­tims.”

    In an annu­al report Sun­day, Israel’s Min­istry of Dias­po­ra Affairs said 2018 saw a record num­ber of world­wide anti-Semit­ic attacks, with most car­ried out by neo-Nazis in Europe and white suprema­cists.

    But at his Cab­i­net meet­ing lat­er in the day, Netanyahu sin­gled out “Islam­ic anti-Semi­tism and the anti-Semi­tism of the extreme left, which includes anti-Zion­ism.”

    Israel’s Yad Vashem Holo­caust memo­r­i­al, which hosts all vis­it­ing for­eign dig­ni­taries, has been thrust into the con­tro­ver­sy.

    While it says it will nev­er dis­qual­i­fy any­one wish­ing to vis­it, Yad Vashem insists it will “force­ful­ly” address any denial or dis­tor­tion. Yad Vashem said the Lithuan­ian leader received a com­pre­hen­sive expla­na­tion of the Holo­caust, includ­ing details about “the mur­der of Jews of Lithua­nia by the Nazis and their Lithuan­ian col­lab­o­ra­tors.”

    ———-

    “Israel leader scorned for woo­ing Holo­caust-dis­tort­ing allies” by ARON HELLER; Asso­ci­at­ed Press; 01/30/2019

    ““It’s unfor­giv­able. Netanyahu is giv­ing them a green light,” said Efraim Zuroff, the chief Nazi-hunter of the Simon Wiesen­thal Cen­ter. “It’s like prais­ing the Ku Klux Klan for improv­ing racial rela­tions in the South.””

    It’s like prais­ing the Ku Klux Klan for improv­ing racial rela­tions in the South. That’s a pret­ty good way to describe Netanyahu’s warm embrace of one EU leader after anoth­er who is cur­rent­ly lead­ing the way on the offi­cial Holo­caust revi­sion­ism sweep­ing Europe. But it’s par­tic­u­lar­ly egre­gious in the case of Lithua­nia, where laws now exist to ban any men­tion of the role local pop­u­la­tions played in the mur­der of near­ly all of the coun­try’s Jews:

    ...
    Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu’s warm wel­come to Lithuania’s prime min­is­ter marks his lat­est embrace of an east­ern Euro­pean leader who has offered strong polit­i­cal sup­port while pro­mot­ing a dis­tort­ed image of the Holo­caust.

    Lithua­nia is among a slew of for­mer com­mu­nist nations swept up in a wave of World War II-era revi­sion­ism that seeks to dimin­ish their cul­pa­bil­i­ty in the Holo­caust while mak­ing heroes out of anti-Sovi­et nation­al­ists involved in the mass killing of Jews. In Israel, estab­lished in the wake of the Nazi geno­cide of 6 mil­lion Jews, many say Netanyahu is cyn­i­cal­ly betray­ing the vic­tims’ mem­o­ry.

    Lithua­nia, for instance, has been a lead­ing force behind cre­at­ing a joint memo­r­i­al day for all vic­tims of total­i­tar­i­an­ism, blur­ring the dis­tinc­tion between the crimes of the Nazis and the com­mu­nists who fought them.

    It also has pushed for leg­is­la­tion to pro­hib­it the sale of books that “dis­tort Lithuan­ian his­to­ry” by cit­ing the ram­pant, doc­u­ment­ed col­lab­o­ra­tion of the local pop­u­la­tion with Nazis. Most recent­ly it has resist­ed calls to remove the var­i­ous plaques com­mem­o­rat­ing anti-Sovi­et fight­er Jonas Nor­ei­ka, despite recent rev­e­la­tions by his own grand­daugh­ter, Sil­via Foti, that he was a fierce anti-Semi­te who had a role in the mur­der of thou­sands of Jews.

    Near­ly all of Lithuania’s 200,000 Jews were killed in the Holo­caust.
    ...

    When Netanyahu vis­it­ed Lithua­nia last year, he praised Prime Min­is­ter Saulius Skver­nelis for tak­ing “great steps to com­mem­o­rate the vic­tims of the Holo­caust” and for fight­ing mod­ern-day anti-Semi­tism. And Skver­nelis returned the per­verse favor when vis­it­ing Israel list week and declar­ing that “Lithua­nia has been learn­ing the lessons of the past” and was “improv­ing the life of the Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty and restor­ing his­tor­i­cal sites”:

    ...
    When Netanyahu, who has Lithuan­ian roots, vis­it­ed Vil­nius last year, he praised Prime Min­is­ter Saulius Skver­nelis for tak­ing “great steps to com­mem­o­rate the vic­tims of the Holo­caust” and for fight­ing mod­ern-day anti-Semi­tism.

    ...

    In a meet­ing with Israeli Pres­i­dent Reuven Rivlin on Tues­day, Skver­nelis said “Lithua­nia has been learn­ing the lessons of the past” and was “improv­ing the life of the Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty and restor­ing his­tor­i­cal sites.”

    At Tuesday’s meet­ing, Netanyahu tread­ed cau­tious­ly. He referred to the “tragedies of the past” but steered clear of any crit­i­cism of mod­ern Lithua­nia, prais­ing the “spir­it of friend­ship” and “a bridge from the past to a future.”
    ...

    And then there’s the warm wel­come giv­en to Ukrain­ian Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko last week at the same time Ukraine was erect­ing a memo­r­i­al to Symon Petliu­ra in Kiev. As the arti­cle notes, for coun­tries’s engaged in the kind of crass overt Holo­caust denial like Lithua­nia and Ukraine, a warm embrace by Netanyahu is exact­ly what they need­ed to defend against accu­sa­tion of anti-Semi­tism:

    ...
    Skver­nelis’ vis­it comes a week after Netanyahu sim­i­lar­ly rolled out the red car­pet for Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, whose par­lia­ment just des­ig­nat­ed the birth­day of Ukrain­ian wartime col­lab­o­ra­tor Stepan Ban­dera a nation­al hol­i­day. A region­al leg­is­la­ture declared 2019 “the year of Stepan Ban­dera.”

    Bandera’s forces fought along­side the Nazis and were impli­cat­ed in the mur­der of thou­sands of Jews. As Poroshenko was vis­it­ing Israel, anoth­er memo­r­i­al was being erect­ed in Kiev for Symon Petliu­ra, whose troops are linked to pogroms that killed as many as 50,000 Jews after World War I.

    Netanyahu’s out­reach in east­ern Europe is part of his larg­er strat­e­gy of forg­ing alliances to counter the crit­i­cism Israel faces in the Unit­ed Nations and oth­er inter­na­tion­al forums over its treat­ment of the Pales­tini­ans.

    Crit­ics con­sid­er it a deal with the dev­il. They say Netanyahu — who often invokes the Holo­caust when inveigh­ing against archri­val Iran — turns a blind eye when it comes to like-mind­ed allies.

    “It’s a spe­cif­ic maneu­ver that legit­imizes anti-Semi­tism and bor­ders on Holo­caust denial,” said Tamar Zand­berg, leader of the dovish Meretz par­ty.

    ...

    Under com­mu­nist rule, the Holo­caust was not seri­ous­ly dealt with and, upon inde­pen­dence, the new­found east­ern and cen­tral Euro­pean nations sought to can­on­ize nation­al­ist icons who resist­ed the Sovi­ets, while large­ly ignor­ing their crimes along­side the Nazis. Domes­tic aca­d­e­mics who have chal­lenged the false nar­ra­tive have been shamed, and exter­nal crit­i­cism has often been met with new anti-Semit­ic out­bursts.

    For coun­tries like Lithua­nia and Ukraine, the warm embrace of the Israeli leader pro­vides a strong defense against accu­sa­tion of anti-Semi­tism while also strength­en­ing ties with a close U.S. ally.
    ...

    And we can’t for­get Netanyahu’s close ties to Hun­gar­i­an Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Orban and the lead­ers of Poland. It’s like a giant act of mali­cious trolling and Netanyahu is lead­ing it:

    ...
    Netanyahu has also formed a close alliance with Hun­gar­i­an Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Orban, who has lav­ished praise on Mik­los Hor­thy, Hungary’s World War II-era ruler, who intro­duced anti-Semit­ic laws and col­lab­o­rat­ed with the Nazis. Orban has also employed anti-Semit­ic tropes against the Jew­ish Hun­gar­i­an-Amer­i­can bil­lion­aire phil­an­thropist George Soros and backed a state-fund­ed muse­um that experts say plays down the role of Hun­gar­i­an col­lab­o­ra­tors.

    Netanyahu also struck a deal with Pol­ish lead­ers over their country’s con­tro­ver­sial Holo­caust speech law, which would have crim­i­nal­ized blam­ing the Pol­ish nation for crimes com­mit­ted against Jews dur­ing World War II.

    Israeli Holo­caust his­to­ri­ans slammed the agree­ment, which seemed to accept a Pol­ish nar­ra­tive that they were only vic­tims of the Nazis. Schol­ars say anti-Semi­tism was deeply root­ed in pre-war Poland and Poles might have either killed or helped Ger­mans kill up to 200,000 Jews.

    Still, Netanyahu has invit­ed Orban and Pol­ish Prime Min­is­ter Mateusz Moraw­iec­ki — who last year equat­ed Pol­ish per­pe­tra­tors in the Holo­caust to sup­posed “Jew­ish per­pe­tra­tors” — to Israel in Feb­ru­ary for a sum­mit with the lead­ers of the Czech Repub­lic and Slo­va­kia.
    ...

    But Netanyahu does at least con­demn some instances of anti-Semitism...as long as it comes from Mus­lims or left-wingers:

    ...
    Yair Lapid, leader of the cen­trist Yesh Atid par­ty and the son of a Holo­caust sur­vivor, called on Netanyahu to can­cel the meet­ing, say­ing one prime min­is­ter has “pub­lished anti-Semit­ic con­tent” and anoth­er “passed a law des­e­crat­ing the mem­o­ry of Holo­caust vic­tims.”

    In an annu­al report Sun­day, Israel’s Min­istry of Dias­po­ra Affairs said 2018 saw a record num­ber of world­wide anti-Semit­ic attacks, with most car­ried out by neo-Nazis in Europe and white suprema­cists.

    But at his Cab­i­net meet­ing lat­er in the day, Netanyahu sin­gled out “Islam­ic anti-Semi­tism and the anti-Semi­tism of the extreme left, which includes anti-Zion­ism.”
    ...

    So as we can see, Ben­jamin Netanyahu has more or less giv­en his bless­ing to the increas­ing­ly aggres­sive Holo­caust denial and revi­sion­ism sweep­ing East­ern Europe.

    And in relat­ed news, Ben­jamin Netanyan­hu claims to be very con­cerned about polls show­ing both ris­ing anti-Semi­tism in Europe and that a third of respon­dents bare­ly knew any­thing about the Holo­caust at all

    CNN

    Netanyahu joins world lead­ers in lament­ing results of CNN poll on anti-Semi­tism

    By James Mas­ters,

    Updat­ed 1306 GMT (2106 HKT) Novem­ber 28, 2018

    (CNN)Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu has joined law­mak­ers and lead­ing fig­ures involved in the fight against anti-Semi­tism by say­ing he is “con­cerned” about the results of CNN’s inves­ti­ga­tion into Euro­pean atti­tudes toward Jews.

    “I’m con­cerned, because I think anti-Semi­tism is an ancient dis­ease and when it rears its ugly head, it first attacks the Jews, but it nev­er stops with that, and then it sweeps entire soci­eties, as hap­pened obvi­ous­ly in mid-cen­tu­ry Europe,” he told CNN’s Oren Lieber­mann. “First in Ger­many and then through­out all of Europe and the con­se­quences were hor­ri­ble.”

    Accord­ing to the poll, more than a quar­ter of Euro­peans sur­veyed believe Jews have too much influ­ence in busi­ness and finance. Near­ly one in four said Jews have too much influ­ence in con­flict and wars across the world.

    Mean­while, a third of Euro­peans polled said they knew just a lit­tle or noth­ing at all about the Holo­caust, the mass mur­der of some six mil­lion Jews in lands con­trolled by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime in the 1930s and 1940s.

    Netanyahu said while he is con­cerned about CNN’s results, he was not sur­prised. He said that soci­ety needs to con­tin­ue the fight against the rise in anti-Semi­tism — espe­cial­ly with edu­ca­tion.

    “In your sur­vey, a good chunk — a third of peo­ple — hard­ly knew any­thing about the Holo­caust,” he said.

    “I think edu­ca­tion is impor­tant and I think a strong, force­ful posi­tion is impor­tant.”

    Mean­while, the Israeli Prime Min­is­ter com­mend­ed Euro­pean lead­ers for fight­ing anti-Semi­tism.

    “I spoke to Merkel, Macron, May and oth­ers — they’re putting up a fight,” Netanyahu said refer­ring to Ger­man Chan­cel­lor Angela Merkel, French Pres­i­dent Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Min­is­ter There­sa May.

    He also praised lead­ers who have faced crit­i­cism on this issue.

    “I’m see­ing this in East­ern Europe. I saw Vik­tor Orban in Hun­gary — he’s opened up a cen­ter against anti-Semi­tism. I saw Sebas­t­ian Kurz in Aus­tria — he just held a con­fer­ence against anti-Semi­tism, and that’s encour­ag­ing.”

    Hun­gary has pre­vi­ous­ly faced accu­sa­tions of anti-Semi­tism in the lead-up to this year’s elec­tion, with crit­ics of Pres­i­dent Orban claim­ing he has used anti-Semit­ic tropes dur­ing his cam­paign.

    Mean­while in Aus­tria, the far-right Free­dom Par­ty was wel­comed into the gov­ern­ing coali­tion with Chan­cel­lor Kurz’s Peo­ple’s Par­ty, much to the con­ster­na­tion of the coun­try’s Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty.

    Felix Klein, who was appoint­ed as Ger­many’s fed­er­al gov­ern­ment com­mis­sion­er for Jew­ish life in April, said that while he was upset by the pol­l’s find­ings, they did not sur­prise him. “The results of the CNN sur­vey are appalling.”

    In a state­ment sent to CNN, Klein said: “For com­bat­ing anti-Semi­tism, it is fun­da­men­tal to keep the mem­o­ry of the Shoah (Holo­caust) alive and nur­ture a vivid cul­ture of remem­brance.

    “On a Euro­pean lev­el, I am going to encour­age oth­er states to cre­ate nation­al func­tions sim­i­lar to mine. We have already start­ed to fight anti-Semi­tism on the lev­el of the EU, for exam­ple by call­ing for the mem­ber states to adopt the def­i­n­i­tion for anti-Semi­tism that the (Inter­na­tion­al Holo­caust Remem­brance Alliance) has for­mu­lat­ed.

    “The Ger­man Bun­destag and the Ger­man gov­ern­ment have adopt­ed this def­i­n­i­tion in 2017. Our biggest chal­lenge, how­ev­er, will be to change the views peo­ple hold about Jews. This is a task for all of us, and for the sake of soci­ety as a whole — because anti-Semi­tism is a threat for any demo­c­ra­t­ic, open soci­ety.”

    ‘Not sur­pris­ing’

    The CNN/ComRes poll poll inter­viewed more than 7,000 peo­ple across Europe, with more than 1,000 respon­dents each in Aus­tria, France, Ger­many, Great Britain, Hun­gary, Poland and Swe­den.

    Amer­i­can his­to­ri­an Deb­o­rah Lip­stadt, author of the forth­com­ing book “Anti­semitism: Here and Now,” said the poll showed in “fright­en­ing detail, how tra­di­tion­al anti-Semit­ic motifs per­sist in Europe.”

    “While, giv­en recent devel­op­ments, this is not entire­ly sur­pris­ing, it is dis­heart­en­ing,” she said of the results.

    “Step­ping back from the spe­cif­ic find­ings of the study, it is imper­a­tive to note that anti-Semi­tism con­sti­tutes a con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry, i.e. an irra­tional evi­dence-free per­spec­tive that attrib­ut­es to all Jews — irre­spec­tive of their loca­tion, sta­tus, age, nation­al­i­ty, world view — the same qual­i­ties and stereo­types. Anti-Semi­tism makes as much sense as attribut­ing to all left-hand­ed peo­ple or all blonds sim­i­lar attrib­ut­es and behav­iors.”

    Lip­stadt, one of the world’s pre-emi­nent Holo­caust his­to­ri­ans, says she was also dis­turbed by the igno­rance that sur­rounds the sys­tem­at­ic mur­der of Europe’s Jew­ish pop­u­la­tion dur­ing World War II.

    “This is not some­thing that should so eas­i­ly be for­got­ten. It should be some­thing about which Euro­peans should still be grap­pling. Not because of guilt — today’s Euro­peans are clear­ly not guilty of any­thing — but in terms of the soci­ety with­in which they live.”

    Karen Pol­lock, chief exec­u­tive of the UK Holo­caust Edu­ca­tion­al Trust, said the poll con­firmed “a wor­ry­ing increase in the num­ber of peo­ple who believe tra­di­tion­al anti-Semit­ic tropes or hold anti-Semit­ic views, as well as a dis­ap­point­ing lack of knowl­edge about the Holo­caust.”

    Sur­vivors like Susan Pol­lack do an incred­i­ble job of shar­ing their tes­ti­monies, but they can­not do this for­ev­er. So, we will redou­ble our efforts to make sure that her sto­ry, along with all oth­er sur­vivors and the vic­tims of the Holo­caust, lives on and con­tin­ue to edu­cate where hate can ulti­mate­ly lead.”

    The poll also high­light­ed a sharp­en­ing of atti­tudes when it comes to the rela­tion­ship between the Holo­caust, Israel, Jews and anti-Semi­tism.

    A third of sur­vey respon­dents believe that crit­i­cism of Israel tends to be moti­vat­ed by anti-Semi­tism, while only one in five said it does not.

    How­ev­er, a third of peo­ple CNN sur­veyed said that Israel uses the Holo­caust to jus­ti­fy its actions, with half the respon­dents in Poland agree­ing. Only one in five dis­agreed.

    A third of Euro­peans said sup­port­ers of Israel use accu­sa­tions of anti-Semi­tism to shut down crit­i­cism of Israel, while only one in 10 said that was not true.

    “We have always known that for many, being anti-Israel is a nat­ur­al exten­sion of their anti-Semit­ic beliefs. This has an impact both on their atti­tudes to his­to­ry and to the present,” Israel’s Min­is­ter of Edu­ca­tion and Min­is­ter of Dias­po­ra Affairs, Naf­tali Ben­nett, told CNN.

    “What is clear is that it is not only impor­tant that peo­ple know about the Holo­caust, but that they under­stand the lessons of the Holo­caust. The same deeply anti­se­mit­ic stereo­types and accu­sa­tions we hear today were the same fuel which pow­ered the death camps.”

    Dan­ny Danon, Israel’s Ambas­sador to the Unit­ed Nations, told CNN that the poll find­ings showed how easy it was for peo­ple to for­get his­to­ry.

    “We are bare­ly a few gen­er­a­tions removed from the Holo­caust, and yet these num­bers are alarm­ing. Anti-Semi­tism can take many forms, includ­ing deny­ing the Holo­caust and ques­tion­ing Israel’s right to exist,” Danon told CNN in an email.

    “There is a direct con­nec­tion between not know­ing your his­to­ry, and the rise in anti-Semi­tism and ani­mos­i­ty towards Israel. We need to be more vig­i­lant to ensure we do not for­get our past, and pro­tect against this most ancient form of big­otry.”

    ...

    ‘Entrenched’

    Accord­ing to the poll, 34% of Euro­peans sur­veyed know just a lit­tle or have nev­er heard of the Holo­caust, while 20% of French peo­ple between the ages of 18 and 34 said they had nev­er heard of the Holo­caust.

    And 31% of Euro­peans polled believe com­mem­o­rat­ing the Holo­caust dis­tracts from oth­er atroc­i­ties and injus­tices today.

    “The sur­vey high­lights the trou­bling fact that many entrenched hate­ful anti-Semit­ic tropes per­sist in Euro­pean civ­i­liza­tion, 75 years after the end of the Holo­caust,” said Avn­er Shalev, chair­man of Yad Vashem, the World Holo­caust Remem­brance Cen­ter in Jerusalem.

    “The result of this sur­vey proves the neces­si­ty to inten­si­fy broad-based efforts in the area of Holo­caust edu­ca­tion and aware­ness, which is essen­tial to any effort to con­tend with anti-Semi­tism.”

    Piotr M. A. Cywin­s­ki, direc­tor of the Auschwitz Memo­r­i­al, said the poll results under­lined the impor­tance of edu­ca­tion in tack­ling hate.

    “The anti-Semit­ic or xeno­pho­bic ide­olo­gies that in the past led to the human cat­a­stro­phe of Auschwitz, seem not to have been erased from our lives today. They still poi­son peo­ple’s minds and influ­ence our con­tem­po­rary atti­tudes in social, polit­i­cal, eth­i­cal, and oth­er aspects.”

    ———–

    “Netanyahu joins world lead­ers in lament­ing results of CNN poll on anti-Semi­tism” by James Mas­ters; CNN; 11/28/2018

    “Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu has joined law­mak­ers and lead­ing fig­ures involved in the fight against anti-Semi­tism by say­ing he is “con­cerned” about the results of CNN’s inves­ti­ga­tion into Euro­pean atti­tudes toward Jews.”

    It’s quite a mys­tery. Despite giv­ing aid and com­fort to the EU lead­ers lead­ing the way on dis­tort­ing the his­to­ry of the Holo­caust, Netanyahu claims to be very con­cerned and points to the impor­tance of edu­ca­tion.

    But putting Netanyahu’s hypocrisy aside, this was a pret­ty shock­ing poll, with a third claim­ing to know lit­tle or noth­ing at all about the Holo­caust and 31% believ­ing that com­mem­o­rat­ing the Holo­caust dis­tracts from oth­er atroc­i­ties and injus­tices today:

    ...
    “I’m con­cerned, because I think anti-Semi­tism is an ancient dis­ease and when it rears its ugly head, it first attacks the Jews, but it nev­er stops with that, and then it sweeps entire soci­eties, as hap­pened obvi­ous­ly in mid-cen­tu­ry Europe,” he told CNN’s Oren Lieber­mann. “First in Ger­many and then through­out all of Europe and the con­se­quences were hor­ri­ble.”

    Accord­ing to the poll, more than a quar­ter of Euro­peans sur­veyed believe Jews have too much influ­ence in busi­ness and finance. Near­ly one in four said Jews have too much influ­ence in con­flict and wars across the world.

    Mean­while, a third of Euro­peans polled said they knew just a lit­tle or noth­ing at all about the Holo­caust, the mass mur­der of some six mil­lion Jews in lands con­trolled by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime in the 1930s and 1940s.

    Netanyahu said while he is con­cerned about CNN’s results, he was not sur­prised. He said that soci­ety needs to con­tin­ue the fight against the rise in anti-Semi­tism — espe­cial­ly with edu­ca­tion.

    “In your sur­vey, a good chunk — a third of peo­ple — hard­ly knew any­thing about the Holo­caust,” he said.

    “I think edu­ca­tion is impor­tant and I think a strong, force­ful posi­tion is impor­tant.”

    ...

    Accord­ing to the poll, 34% of Euro­peans sur­veyed know just a lit­tle or have nev­er heard of the Holo­caust, while 20% of French peo­ple between the ages of 18 and 34 said they had nev­er heard of the Holo­caust.

    And 31% of Euro­peans polled believe com­mem­o­rat­ing the Holo­caust dis­tracts from oth­er atroc­i­ties and injus­tices today.
    ...

    So we’ll see how this cur­rent wave of gov­ern­ment-backed Holo­caust revi­sion­ism plays out, but we can be con­fi­dent that the Euro­pean politi­cians lead­ing this effort will have at least one friend in Israel no mat­ter how bad this gets.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | February 5, 2019, 1:00 pm
  6. @Pterrafractyl–

    This is Netanyahu being Netanyahu.

    Loy­al to his roots: http://spitfirelist.com/news/team-netanyahu-and-thyssenkrupp-bormann-jews-in-action/

    Bibi’s father, Ben­zion Netanyahu was the per­son­al sec­re­tary to Vladimir Jabotin­sky, the founder of the Betar–the pri­ma­ry fas­cist ele­ment in the Zion­ist move­ment.

    Jabotin­sky was an ally of the pogromist butch­er Semi­on Pet­lyu­ra, whose stat­ue is being erect­ed in Kiev.

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/jabotinsky-s-embarrassing-offer‑1.280234

    Not sur­pris­ing to see Netanyahu act­ing like this.

    Best,

    Dave

    Posted by Dave Emory | February 5, 2019, 1:42 pm

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