Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Nation Comes to A Standstill: Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel

So many stories. 

The worst picture I saw today was of two Nazis, one holding a Jewish baby in a blanket and the other pointing a revolver at his head. 

This is why having Israel and the IDF is critical.

The lesson of the Holocaust is that Jews must never again rely on anyone else for their safety and security and must always been heavily armed with our super smart selves and superior firepower. That's what 'never again' means.

And via my friend scaramouche, an excellent piece from Jonathan Tobin on the trouble with Holocaust commemoration-something I have certainly discussed before.

"Abbas and the Trouble with Holocaust Commemoration".

Basically, Holocaust observance has in some quarters, become an occasion and almost religion, having little to do with Judaism. It is frequently a macabre "celebration" of dead Jews. Live Jews are so rarely celebrated.

Read the whole thing. 

The best parts:

"Remembering the Holocaust is a sacred obligation and it is especially important to keep alive the memory of the six million who perished at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators at a time when the ranks of the survivors grow fewer with each passing year. But the point of these memorials is not merely to shed tears over the Jews who died seven decades ago. The Holocaust was the culmination of two millennia of anti-Semitism."

 "The Nazi crime was unique in terms of its scale and the embrace by one of the world’s most civilized and powerful nations of a racist eliminationist creed. But it was neither the first nor the last attack on the existence of the Jewish people. Anti-Semitism has outlived the Nazis just as it did other host organisms to which this vile virus attached itself. Today, the major source of anti-Semitic invective and hate speech is the Arab and Muslim world. This contemporary incarnation uses resentment against the existence of one lone Jewish state on this planet to mobilize not only Arab anger against Israel but to reawaken traditional Jew-hatred in Europe."


"The trend toward universalizing the Holocaust so as to have its commemoration become a surrogate for every expression of intolerance or ill-feeling on any subject has done nothing to wipe out hate while diluting the specific historic lesson of this event."

"The sad truth is that the popularity of Holocaust commemoration—even on the part of many who are hostile to contemporary Jewish life—as well as the proliferation of Holocaust museums and memorials seems to reflect a preference for dead Jews over live ones."