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  •  I think the victims of the Holocaust (0+ / 0-)

    would prefer that we recognized the behavior of the early Nazi period before it became the behavior of the later Nazi period.

    And wouldn't we all?

    I would say it is our duty to the victims to stand up and speak if we see anything like the early period of the Nazi movement.

    Before the death camps.  Before the gas chambers.

    If we say it is off limits to ever compare any group to the Nazis at any stage, that means we are absolving their behavior until it is too late.

    Now I would also say it is disturbing that Israel is accused of such behavior more than others.  Much I would assume is anti-semitism.

    But I also think much is due to a lot of people seeing Israel skirting so close to that edge when they should know better from personal experience.  Perhaps that is an unfair burden.

    So the question is, how much validity is there to compare one country's actions (and not only Israel) to the ghetto portion of Nazi Germany?

    If we see it, should we say something.  Does it do honor to the victims to say something or does it dishonor them?

    •  the primary problem with your thinking (1+ / 0-)
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      is that you are assuming that overly-agressive responses to perceived security threats in Israel (and I certainly agree they are often extreme) are the precursor to a Nazi-like extermination policy.

      Which is nonsense.  See, you say 'let's do this...before the gas chambers.  Before the death camps'.  But that is not the point of the political right's thinking.  That trajectory is completely false.  

      If there were legitimate historical parallels with the Nazis, that would be one thing.  But there is no relationship here--except for political irony.

      •  OK, that is an intelligent argument (0+ / 0-)

        The factors that led to Nazi Germany and those of Israel are very different.

        But that is accepting that only the conditions that led to Nazi Germany can lead to another Nazi type state.

        That has not been proven.

        But I think I made it clear I wasn't specifying Israel personally.

        I was arguing more against the argument that comparisons to Nazi Germany are inherently always awful and false, and disrespectful to the victims.

        And for the reasons I outlined, I think that is a very big mistake.

        I would rather have a country be falsely accused, perhaps check itself, and have someone make a reasoned argument with specifics as to why the comparison is not the same, rather than having your earlier argument which is just saying any comparison to Nazis is insulting to Nazi victims.

        There is little harm in being overly aggressive with respect to the criticism of any nation's behavior, but as you are aware, there is a huge downside to standing by and not saying anything because it's just not polite.

        Would you not agree?

        •  Israel can (and has been) criticized 6 ways (1+ / 0-)
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          'till Sunday  (including by me)

          in tens of thousands of comments on this site, and everywhere you look.  

          Many of these comments are effective, and tons of them offer valid criticism.

          The ones that offer the least validity to their criticism are the Nazi Germany ones.  Why?  Because the link between Israeli-occupied Gaza/WB and Nuremburg-era Germany is so impossibly weak, the only reason to invoke it is for politically ironic purposes.

          to wit:  'Isn't it ironic that the Jews are turning their own oppression around on another people!  One more step to the gas chambers and the transformation will be complete!'

          That is THE reason why certain commenters try to compare Israel to Nazi Germany.  Not to raise academic awareness-not to draw interesting parallels--no. It is to paint Israel as Nazis to score political points among the virulently anti-Israel left.  And it works.  Just note the number of recommendations that many such comments receive.

          And it's interesting (and noteworthy) that--as a shielf for these comments, most people wouldn't DARE to try to pull that stunt unless they  know they have a Jew--and--even better--a Jew who might have been victimized IN NAZI GERMANY ITSELF--to make that point.

          As a Jew who had my own relatives--many of them--murdered in Nazi-occupied Poland and Lithuania, (albeit before I was born), I find this political ploy to be particularly despicable.

          If a holocaust victim chooses to draw the parallel--as i've said before, that's their prerogative, although the historical connections are extremely weak (except that it's probably the first and most emotional thing that comes to mind).  But to invoke that sort of thing here to score political points is really quite disturbing.

          Hope that helps to explain my point of view.

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