Some time ago, I read Gilbert Achcar’s ‘The Arabs and the Holocaust’ and, although in partial agreement with Tariq Ali’s conclusion that the book does represent to some extent “a bold attempt to avoid partisanship” , any sane evaluation would still have to conclude that the Holocaust has very little, or indeed nothing, to do with the Arabs in general and the Palestinians in particular. However, does it have anything to do with Zionist Israel?
The answer to that question can be found in Norman Finkelstein’s ‘Beyond Chutzpah and, while the “Shoah” is deemed fundamental to Israel’s raison d’etre, the fact remain that it is its misuse and abuse which allows the catastrophe that visited European Jewry to be used not only to oppress a people who had nothing to do with it, but also to justify actions which themselves might ultimately lead us to a nuclear catastrophe.
Indeed, when the American presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, says to his Israeli friends, “We have seen the horrors of history. We will not stand by. We will not watch them play out again.”, and in doing so recognises Israel’s right to a preemptive strike on Iran, we are moving closer to that disaster.
However, not only that, and it might be deduced that the Palestinians are no longer perceived as a major stumbling block on the road to Zionist dominance of the Middle East. Indeed, with more than 350,000 settlers living in the occupied West Bank how could they be? No, there is a more important issue at hand and just as Palestinian refusal to recognise their imaginary complicity in the Holocaust was used against them, we now have an Iran that is refusing to follow the Jerusalem, Washington agenda, being targeted as some sort of cloned Nazi Germany. Yes, the misuse of antisemitism and the abuse of history continues and we might fear for the present and for the future.