Some people — though not all — who support the current Israeli actions in Gaza, are very quick to accuse their opponents of being Nazis.
In my view, this is an insult to the victims of the Holocaust – the Shoah – and a cynical misuse of the memory of one of mankind’s greatest tragedies.
There is nothing wrong with disagreeing with Israel. It is not a crime and it doesn’t make somebody a terrorist. Many Israelis, and strangely many Americans, fail to understand that disagreeing with Israeli policy does not make one anti-Jewish, or a Nazi.
Likewise, whether Israelis like it or not, there are very disturbing overtones associated with imprisoning an entire people behind high walls. They know it, and that’s why they hate to see it pointed out.
People commenting here have called me a Nazi, and this I find hard to understand, because of course I am not a Nazi. And I’m not anti-Jewish, or even anti-Israeli, though I have serious misgivings about the manner of Israel’s creation and maintenance, and I’m repelled by their treatment of the Palestinians. I think Israel is in denial.
Other people have called me anti-Muslim because I’ve commented on lunacies expressed in the name of Islam.
More people think I’m anti-Serb or anti-Croatian or anti-Christian.
Here’s a proposal: I’ll make a list of things I’ve written about all religions, about the Holocaust, about Islam and about Christianity.
You look at this list, which I stand over, and then come back and tell me if you think I’m a Nazi.