There are many Jewish anti-Zionists and anti-Semites who use their incidental Judaism as a cover for their views. There is a particular subspecies of these people who equate Israel with Nazis, based on a certain ability to recognize Nazi tactics because of their belonging to the Jewish people.
Prof. Joel Fischer of University of Hawai’i, is one such person. In an October 2006 article entitled “Nazi Tactics by Israel and America in the Phony War on Terror,” Fischer opens with –
As a Jew who witnessed the loss of 6,000,000 of my fellow Jews, most likely including members of my own extended family who were still in Europe, in the brutal Nazi slaughter of the Holocaust, I believe I know Nazi tactics when I see them.
Not only does he not know of any family members who were killed in the Holocaust, his ‘witness’ of the Holocaust was done while swaddled in diapers. Fischer was born April 22, 1939, as his C.V. shows. But he is glad to use his Jewish faith to claim the moral right to identify Nazis where he sees fit.
He then goes on a rant calling America and Israel ‘Axis’ powers, and finding some creative ways to equate them with the Nazis.
The “shock and awe” bombing strategy used by the US and Israel are simply another name for the brutal bombings of civilian populations used by the Nazis in World War II. The current horrific wars against innocent men, women and children are geared toward intimidation, terror and fear among the civilian population in a depraved attempt to get them to pressure their own regime to submit, abdicate or surrender. The Axis even goes so far as to deliberately and brutally target infrastructure such as power plants and even supply routes bringing food and medicine to civilians, in an effort to make life indescribably more horrible for innocent civilians. In fact, Amnesty International has accused Israel of war crimes stating that Israel broke international law by deliberately destroying LEBANON’S (not Hezbollah’s) civilian infrastructure! These are the war strategies the US used in Iraq and Afghanistan and Israel is using in Palestine and Lebanon. Tens of thousands of innocent people have been killed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Palestine by these Nazi-like tactics by Israel and America…
As the Nazis viewed Jews, Slav, Gypsies and virtually all other nationalities as inferior to their “master race” so that their soldiers would not experience guilt over their genocidal slaughters, so do the Israelis and Bush administration actually view Muslims as inferior. The Axis sees “the other,” the “enemy,” as inferior, so that deaths of tens of thousands of “the other” seems justified while deaths on “our” side ?or kidnappings of a few in this case- are viewed by the Axis of Powers as horrendous and unforgivable. This dehumanization occurs officially and unofficially. It occurs officially, e.g., when Bush responds to a question about how many Iraqis have been killed by casually replying “oh, about 30,000,” as though he were counting the cattle on his ranch. (As of August 2006, there are between 45,000 and 50,000 Iraqi dead according to US estimates!) It occurs unofficially, e.g., when troops on the ground dehumanize their enemy by calling them “towel heads” in the same way the US military in Vietnam called the Vietnamese “gooks.” Even the media are co-opted in this dehumanization process as witness the daily reports of total American deaths, but virtually no reports of the overall death tolls among “the enemy.”Use of terms by US and Israeli propagandists like “Muslim Terrorists,” “Muslim Extremists,” and the latest demeaning term by Bush, “Muslim Fascists,” is an attempt to taint all of Islamic religion and culture. Bush knows that the vast majority of his constituency in the US only hears the word “Muslim.” Contrast that with the number of times we hear terms like “Christian Crusaders,” “Christian or Jewish Extremists,” “Christian or Jewish Neo-Nazis.” These epithets are strictly off limits in the US, no matter how accurate they may be in depicting our government. The anti-Muslim insults are all part of the dehumanization process against people who are not only NOT terrorists or extremists, but defending their countries against illegal invasion and occupation by the Christian/Jewish Axis of Power.
Let us not forget that this man is a professor in an American university. Looking beyond his point of view, his arguments are based on unrelated facts that he considers evidence. “Muslim terrorists” analogous to Nazi portrayal of Jews?
Here is a picture of the good Professor.
Susan Nathan’s parents were refugees from World War II. For her, that gives her the moral authority to compare Israel to apartheid South Africa. She went to live in the Israeli Arab village of Tamra. Unsurprisingly, she now sounds like anti-Zionist Israeli Arabs. She too makes the flimsiest of arguments to put Israel in a bad light.
Susan Nathan, author of “The Other Side: My Journey across the Arab/Jewish Divide,” argued that Israeli Arabs suffer from a culture of systematic discrimination and called for change in the talk “One Woman’s Attempt to Challenge Segregation and Racism” held last night.
A British-born Jew, Nathan moved to Israel to escape the discrimination she experienced in Britain. Her parents were refuges from World War II, and Nathan was raised as a minority, being the only Jew in her entire school of 400 students.
“Growing up, I always felt I was living on the outside of society,” Nathan said. “It was as if the shadow of the Holocaust was constantly hanging over my family.”
Nathan said she even experienced anti-Semitism first hand.
“When I was 16, I passed complex exams to attend a prestigious public university in Britain, only to be told that though my scores were satisfactory, I could not be admitted to attend the university because the Jewish quota had already been met,” she said.
Israel had always been ingrained within her mind as a land of safety to which she could escape in case things in Europe ever took a turn for the worse.
Once she moved to Israel, Nathan found that her new country also suffered from discrimination. However, this time, Jews, rather than being discriminated against, were the ones discriminating. she said. The Arabs of Israel suffered from severe segregation comparable to the plight during South Africa’s apartheid, she argued.
Wanting to see the reality of such treatment, Nathan opted to live as the only Jew in the Arab village Tamra within Israel.
According to Nathan, Palestinians have suffered persecution at the hands of the Israeli government since the inception of the state.
“In 1948, in order to create the Israeli state, thousands of Palestinians were displaced as refugees,” she said. “There were also several notable massacres of Palestinians during this time as well. Many of the Palestinians living in Israel today are descendants of those early refugees who survived.”
‘Survived’? She makes it sound like most Arabs died in the conflict, and hundreds of thousands of Arabs who remained were “survivors”. If anyone could speak about surviving, it is the Jews, who lost 1% of their population.
Such unjust treatment continues today, she said. Jews and Arabs are allowed to live together; however, for the most part, they live in completely separate cities, with Jewish cities located on the hills and Arab ones in the lowlands.
This is simply dishonest. She should travel to Wadi Ara, Iblin, Fureidis, or Jisr-a-Zarqa. There are plenty of Arab towns on hills, just as there are Jewish towns in valleys. Arabs can live wherever they choose.
“There are huge discrepancies in funding between Jewish and Arab municipalities,” she said. “Whereas Jewish towns are well developed cities, many Arabs live in towns with unfinished roads, faulty streetlights, where the streets have no names and the houses have no numbers. They are essentially living in refugee camps.”
The fact that Arabs are generally poorer than Jews is not because of discrimination. Arabs have larger families, marry earlier, and are less likely to stay in school. Their living standard has only gone up since Israel’s establishment.
And there is no shortage of poor Jews in Israel.
At times, in order for room to be made for inhabitance by Jews, Arab houses will be demolished without consent from the owners, she explained.
“The police will arrive at five in the morning with bulldozers,” she said. “They will give families twenty minutes to collect a lifetime worth of possessions and leave before their houses are razed to the ground.”
Is she talking about Palestinians? That is another story entirely. She needs to provide evidence if she is going to make claims such as this.
The education system is another aspect of Israeli society that suffers from segregation, she argued, which remains separate and very much unequal.
“There is grotesquely little funding to Arab schools,” she said. “In fact, many of the teachers who teach at Arab schools are decidedly unfit to be teachers. The students know this and they are angry about it, so the Arab schools are generally rowdy and unruly.”
But even for those Arab citizens who manage to graduate from top universities, job opportunities are still extremely limited.
“Many corporations will not hire Arabs on the grounds that they have not served in the Israeli military,” she said. “However, many Arabs refuse to serve in the military because they have seen their peers go through military service and still receive none of the benefits entitled to a full citizen.”
Arabs who serve in the army receive more than anyone else who serves. This includes a plot of land, a larger salary, and many education courses. Those who wish not to serve should not expect special treatment, especially when they get a three year head start on their education.
Although Arabs are nominally allowed to vote, they suffer from an indirect disenfranchisement, she argued, because any time they speak out against the government’s unjust practices, they are denounced as traitors.
They are allowed to vote, they are allowed to serve in the Knesset. There is no disenfranchisement.
Nathan felt an impetus to speak out and change her society. She said it was her responsibility as a Jew to improve the nation in which she lived. However, as a woman, she had a hard time being taken seriously in the male-dominated Israeli politics.
Or, maybe she has a had time being taken seriously because of her arguments. Tzipi Livni, Dalia Itzik, Limor Livnat, Yuli Tamir
and the rest of the seventeen female Knesset member seem to be doing fine.
“The primary discourse in government is militaristic and chauvinistic,” she said.
Nathan declared that something must be done about the system of discrimination in Israel. She put a large part of the blame on the government, which played a significant role in creating the present, segregated conditions.
However, Nathan made clear she was not in opposition to the state of Israel itself.
“I’m not here tonight to bash Israel,” she said. “I’m not here tonight to discuss matters from an emotional point of view. I am simply presenting the cold hard facts so that something can be done to improve the conditions of Arabs living in Israel. It is simply unacceptable to have to live in an ethnic state at the expense of another ethnic group.”