Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The UN’s Hypocritical Holocaust Remembrance Day

The UN’s Hypocritical Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Joseph Puder
January 27, 1945, the day Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz death camp, is commemorated by the UN as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In adopting the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, the UN urged member states “to develop educational programming to instill the memory of the tragedy in future generations to prevent genocide from occurring again.” It requested that the UN Secretary-General establish an outreach program on the “Holocaust and the United Nations,” as well as institute measures to mobilize civil society for Holocaust remembrance and education.

The UN does not specify, however, the fact that Jews were the chief victims of the Holocaust, or that most of the victims gassed and starved in Auschwitz were European Jews.  Moreover, the UN has become a major purveyor of anti-Semitism today.  Lest we forget, the 1975 UN General Assembly resolution 3379 equated the Jewish national liberation movement, Zionism, with racism.

According to the annual report on anti-Semitism by Israel’s Minister of Information Yuli Edelstein, there has been a 45% increase from last year in violent attacks on Jews in 2012. The report coincided with the commemoration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The report pointed out the rise in “street attacks on Jews worldwide, both verbal and physical.”  The trend is most pronounced in Western Europe. However, “anti-Semitic incidents are up throughout the world, including the U.S., Canada, and Australia.”

The former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, Lord Jonathan Sacks, in a Huffington Post column (7/11/12), had this to say: “The experience of Jews in Europe has added several words to the human vocabulary — words like expulsion, public disputation, forced conversion, inquisition, auto-da-fe, blood libel, ghetto and pogrom, without even mentioning the word Holocaust. That is the past. My concern is with the future. Today the Jews of Europe are asking whether there is a future for Jews in Europe, and that should concern you, the leaders of Europe.”

Rabbi Sacks was addressing the three top European leaders, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, Jose-Manuel Barroso, President of the European Union Commission and Hans-Gert Pottering, President of the European Union Parliament.  Rabbi Sacks went on to explain to them that while the church was the supreme authority in Europe, it resulted in Christian anti-Judaism. In the post-enlightenment age, the church was no longer the supreme authority. It was instead science or rather, in many ways, pseudo-science that spawned racial anti-Semitism that led to the Nazi Holocaust.

Since the Holocaust and especially in recent decades, the highest moral authority has become human rights or rather the language of human rights.  And, once again, it is used as a lever against Jews and the Jewish state.  Words such as racism, apartheid, ethnic cleansing, attempted genocide and crimes against humanity are part of the anti-Jewish discourse and applied to Israel and Jews.  It is employed because “it is the only form in which an assault on Jews can be stated today.” These charges are obviously untrue, but the goal is to delegitimize the Jewish state and Jews in general.

Europeans, tired of carrying the stigma of the Holocaust, desperately seek to assuage their guilt by portraying the Arab-Palestinian Muslims as the new “victims” while framing Israeli Jews as “victimizers.” It has colored the EU attitude towards Israel, and it has encouraged Arab-Muslims in Europe to freely engage in anti-Semitic attacks against Jews, aided and abetted by local neo-Nazis, and native left-wing radicals, who once again use the Jews as their scapegoats.

Europe is intimidated by the Arab-Muslims in their midst and at the same time glad to overlook their hateful and irrational rage against Jews.  Last March, an Arab-Muslim Frenchman shot and killed a rabbi, his daughter, as well as three other children in Toulouse, France. This attack, although condemned by the new French President Hollande, led to increased anti-Semitic activities by Arab-Muslim Frenchmen and their French-allied right- and left-wing extremist groups.

The EU elites’ manifest hypocrisy is that they ignore the Arab-Muslim world and the Palestinians, who are truly guilty of intolerance and human rights violations against their own minorities. The Palestinian Arabs continue to demand a “Judenrein” (Jew free) Palestine and use terrorism to implement it.  Slavery is still in practice in Saudi Arabia and Arab-Sudan, while ethnic cleansing has been perpetrated by the Arab Sudanese regime of Khartoum against Black Africans in Darfur.  Syria, Turkey, and Iran are practicing apartheid against their Kurdish minorities, and Egypt is doing the same to its authentic natives, the Coptic Christians.  In Syria, the regime of Bashar Assad is committing crimes against humanity with little but lip service from the UN and the Europeans.  Saddam Hussein gassed his Kurdish subjects, and Nasser, Egypt’s dictator, used gas to kill thousands of Yemenis, but this is only a partial record.
In the Middle East, anti-Semitism has already reached genocidal proportions.   The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has threatened “to wipe the Jewish state off the map.”   

Egypt’s President Muhammad Morsi, as a Muslim Brotherhood leader, instructed his fellow Egyptians in 2010 to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” of Jews and Israel.  More recently, he referred to Zionists (a code word for Jews) as “bloodsuckers” that attack Palestinians, and described Jews as “descendants of apes and pigs.” Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, responded to Morsi’s statement saying that “The language that we have seen is deeply offensive. We reject these statements as we do any language that espouses religious hatred.”

The UN’s promotion of the International Day of Holocaust Commemoration, allegedly to “prevent future acts of genocide,” seems hollow given the UN’s record. The UN sponsored and participated in the infamous 2001 Durban World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Intolerance, which the U.S., Israel, and Canada walked out of and condemned.  The Conference was nothing less than an outrageous display of vicious anti-Semitism orchestrated by Iran, in partnership with Arab and Muslim states.  It was a visceral display of anti-Jewish racism and intolerance.  The conference singled out Israel for criticism and likened Zionism to racism.

The 2009 same-named UN conference in Geneva repeated itself, and this time Iran’s President Ahmadinejad delivered his expected hate speech in which he denied Israel’s right to exist.  It prompted a number of Western states, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands, to walk out. Labeling Israel as racist was too much for even some of the European hypocrites. Israel is, in fact, the only true democracy in the Middle East where human rights and religious freedom are protected.
Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman underscored (6/27/12) the problem with the UN.  He condemned the UN for making anti-Semitism look legitimate by sitting at meetings where Iran spreads hate for Jews. Lieberman pointed out that the “UN and EU representatives still participate in conferences in Iran, where anti-Semitism is rampant.” He added that it “conferred legitimacy on the Ayatollahs’ regime while it endangers the entire world.”

The UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day may commemorate, among others, dead Jews, but in the day to day actions the UN vilifies and endangers the lives of living Jews, especially those in the Jewish State.