GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel November 11, 2014 — I find that while writing angry can be productive, writing while red-hot furious is never a good idea.
Thanks to serial Israel-basher and fellow Communities Digital News columnist Allan C. Brownfeld, however, I must make an exception.
On Saturday, Brownfeld penned an article on CDN in which he declares the Palestinian people the “last victims of the Holocaust.”
However, this article did not repeat the oft-mentioned mantra that the previously persecuted Jews have now turned around and done the very same to the Palestinians, although there is certainly reference to this as well. Shockingly, Brownfeld’s argument goes much farther, declaring that the existence of modern Zionism renders the Palestinian people equal to the six million Jews who were systematically gassed, burned, shot and hung by the Third Reich.
Brownfeld may come from an era where such rabid anti-Semitism was tolerated more (although a tragically large dose still goes without condemnation today), but that does not mean his hateful propaganda should be published.
It is often believed that in order to have an intelligent argument, calm and factual discourse must prevail. However, when a charge such as Brownfeld’s is leveled, emotion is an essential factor for combating his hateful piece.
First, let us deal with the facts. When Brownfeld wants to “prove” the Israeli “persecution” of the Palestinians, he carefully cites the anti-Zionists revisionist historian he is quoting. However, when arguing that the Palestinians are abhorred by the Holocaust, he writes,
The Palestinians are among the victims of the horrors of the 20th century. In many respects, they are the final victims of the Holocaust. Palestinians over the years have said, “The Holocaust was a horrible event. We didn’t do it. We were living peacefully in Palestine, as our ancestors had done for centuries. To make up to the Jews for the devastation of the Nazis, our country was taken from us. How is this just?”
Who are these “Palestinians over the years” that he is quoting? Why did he leave names off of this essential citation?
Was he quoting the Palestinian population of Israel during the Holocaust?
This cannot be.
In her brilliant book, “The Israel Solution,” Jerusalem Post senior editor Caroline Glick dedicates more than three pages to the relationship between the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el-Husseini, and the Nazis throughout the 1930s. She notes that the Husseini was, “an early and enthusiastic supporter of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Like much of the Arab world, he celebrated the Nazis’ rise to power in Germany in 1933; he even sent a congratulatory letter to Hitler.”
This was not the end of the Mufti-Nazi love affair however.
“In 1937, the Germans began arming and funding the Palestinian Arab terror war against the Jews,” Glick continues. “Husseini did not seek to hide his new alliance with Germany. He reveled in it. His followers in the Land of Israel greeted one another with the Nazi salute and wore swastika armbands.”
Glick also documented the fact that “Husseini assisted the Germans in writing and disseminating anti-Jewish and pro-Nazi propaganda.”
And then, on November 7, 1941 the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem flew to Berlin. Glick explains, “On November 28, 1941, he had a ninety-five-minute meeting with Adolf Hitler. There Hitler told Husseini of his plan to exterminate European Jewry,” after which the Mufti himself wrote, “I asked Hitler for an explicit undertaking to allow us to solve the Jewish people in a manner befitting our national and racial aspirations and according to the scientific methods innovated by Germany in the handling of its Jews.”
She also documents his close friendship with infamous SS officer Adolf Eichmann.
The Grand Mufti was the earliest leader of the Palestinian people during the modern Zionist era, according to Brownfeld’s revisionist calculations. Therefore it was surely not the Palestinian people of that time period who were labeling the Holocaust a “horrible event,” as Brownfeld so claims.
Perhaps, then, Brownfeld was quoting the current Palestinian population, led by Mahmoud Abbas.
Again, this is unlikely.
First of all, Abbas is the protégé of former PLO Chairman and arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat. Arafat, who himself was responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent Israelis, was either the nephew, cousin or close friend of his mentor, Haj Amin el-Husseini.
More significantly, Mahmoud Abbas infamously titled his doctoral dissertation “The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism.” While the New York Times eagerly but falsely reported that Abbas had recently changes his tune on the Holocaust (“Mahmoud Abbas Shifts on Holocaust,” April 26, 2014), Yair Rosenberg of Tablet Magazine astutely points out that this is incorrect. As Rosenberg elucidates, “Contrary to the Times‘s claim, Abbas has acknowledged the reality of the Holocaust for decades. He just thinks that the Jews helped perpetrate it.”
Additionally, the esteemed NGO Palestinian Media Watch has documented countless acts of both Holocaust denial and Nazi glorification, including on PA-run television and newspapers. For example, “A senior Palestinian academic taught adults on PA TV: “There was no Dachau, no Auschwitz; these were disinfecting sites.” Additionally, “a crossword puzzle clue in the official PA daily identified “Yad Vashem” (Israel’s Holocaust memorial) as a “Center for the Holocaust and Lies,” and ” A PA funded children’s publication published an essay written by a teenage girl admiring Hitler, who told the Palestinian girl in her dream: ‘I killed them [the Jews] so you would all know that they are a nation which spreads destruction all over the world.’ This essay published in 2011, yet in spite of broad international condemnation following PMW’s exposure, it was not removed from the Palestinian educational website Zayzafuna, when we last checked in Oct. 2013.”
The present-day Palestinian society can, therefore, not be who Brownfeld was quoting either.
Thus, it is clear that the deceitful Brownfeld was fabricating what he wishes the Palestinians would say so as to make his imaginary argument against Israel relevant.
The rest of his rambling article is a series of carefully selected quotes by historians attempting to outline the Israeli “occupation of Palestine.”
With the erroneous facts out of the way, let us close with some emotion.
My grandparents were Holocaust survivors. Their parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends were slaughtered by the Nazis. My grandfather was in Theresienstadt among other concentration camps and my grandmother was in Auschwitz. They lived in a hell on earth few have ever experienced.
The insinuation that their experience is in any way comparable to the Palestinians, who are provided water, electricity, medical care and more by the Israeli government despite calling for the eradication of the Jewish State day after day, is one of the most insulting and nefarious charges that can be made.
That it was not made by a biased Palestinian, such as Abbas or PLO and PA veteran Saeeb Erekat, but by an apparent American ‘intellectual’, makes it all the more infuriating.
My grandparents were NOTHING like the Palestinian people. The Palestinian people danced and passed out candy in the streets on September 11th, 2001. They name schools and public squares after suicide bombers. They celebrated in public after three innocent Israeli teens were kidnapped and murdered this past summer. My grandparents would NEVER rejoice in the death of innocent people.
My grandparents survived the Holocaust and rebuilt their lives, ensuring they passed on a legacy of the preciousness of life. Today’s sick Palestinian society glorifies death above all else.
It is an affront to anyone who rose from the ashes of Hitler’s death camps to be compared to the Palestinian people who want nothing more than to see The Fuhrer’s final solution ultimately carried out.
With his lies and hate growing with each article, perhaps it is time for Mr. Brownfeld to consider retirement. I hear wonderful things about the old age homes in Ramallah, where his Jew-hating pomposity will be far more welcome.
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