Today is Holocaust Day in Israel. This is a day that all Israelis, others of the Jewish faith and all mankind should reflect upon. It wasn’t too long ago that Jews were put to death by various means. Only a few decades ago, those of Jewish faith had their homes invaded and their property taken from them by Germany’s Nazi party. The Nazis felt that only those of true Teutonic origin had a place in Germany and that it was given to them by divine right of the Teutonic gods.
The Palestinians had their land taken away from them after World War II and it was given to the state of Israel. The Israelis feel that it belongs to them by divine right because of a covenant between them and God recorded in the Bible.
Surely, no one can defend that. If I or any other citizen were to claim a neighbor’s property as my own because the Bible said so, we would be immediately arrested for trespassing or sent to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation.
However, due to the horrors of the Holocaust, governments around the globe that are sympathetic to the point of blindness ignore the brutality, bigotry, and racism that exist in the current state of Israel.
I met a woman who is Moroccan and Jewish. She told me that while visiting Israel, she was referred to as “nigger of Israel.”
In a PBS documentary about the West Bank, many Israeli people (even children) expressed not only hatred for the Palestinian people, but a desire to rid the region completely of their presence.
It seems like the U.S. government winks an approving nod. U.S. Secretary of Defense Colin Powell says President Bush would like to see an end to the Israeli offensive. However, we give Israel $3 billion annually in military aid. This money is used to kill Palestinians, whether they are women, children or the elderly.
Our government says it can’t afford to pay for Social Security for the masses, health care, or welfare for American citizens. Yet, we can afford to give Israel $3 billion to protect itself from the people it occupied.
If the U.S. government truly wants peace in the Middle East, they should cut the $3 billion annual military aid to Israel. They should take steps to aid the Palestinians in becoming a stable democratic government and give them $10 billion a year in military aid.
A German-speaking individual told me that Germany provides Israel with free submarines! They do this in order to make up for the horrors of the Holocaust. I find this hysterical. Why not give Israel free military equipment to kill others to make up for the untimely deaths of Israelis and other Jews? This is perfectly logical.
If new policies are created that protect the Palestinian people, the Israeli government will see that it can not simply sieze land and force people out of their homes like the Nazis did to Israeli Jews before and during World War II.
If we define terror as “overwhelming fear,” terrorism as “acts of violence committed to cause overwhelming fear,” and a terrorist as someone who “commits acts of overwhelming fear,” the definitions apply to both Israelis and Palestinians along with the governments of the U.S. and other nations. Does anybody truly believe that Palestinian people routinely blow themselves up just for kicks? This act of extreme desperation has its birthplace within the current oppressive conditions the Palestinian people suffer under the Israeli government.
In regards to the Holocaust, the only thing I as a Black American male see is that Israeli Jews have learned very well from the Nazis. So think about Holocaust Day and what it should mean.