Course for Holocaust II…..?
By Alan Hart
August 26, 2014 "ICH" - This is the most controversial article the gentile me has ever written or is ever likely to write, but I believe that what I am going to say needs to be said and should be widely debated if the rising, global tide of “anti-Israelism” (I prefer the term anti-Zionism) is not to be transformed into anti-Semitism on a scale that could lead, in a foreseeable future, to Holocaust II, my shorthand for another great turning against the Jews.
I am, of course, aware that anti-Semitism is more than
prejudice against and loathing even hatred of Jews just because they are Jews.
Arabs are Semites, too. So anti-Semitism is prejudice against Arabs as well as
Jews. In other words, Islamophobia, a monster on the
A clear, early warning that anti-Israelism
could be transformed into anti-Semitism was given by Yehoshafat
Harkabi, a former Director of Israeli Military
Intelligence, in his book
The following is the text of Harkabi’s warning.
In my opinion the flaw in Harkabi’s
argument is that
More than a quarter of a century on from Harkabi’s warning, the impression conveyed by mainstream Western media reporting and comment while the IDF was (and still is) delivering death and destruction to the Gaza Strip was not that a transformation of anti-Israelism/anti-Zionism into historical anti-Semitism might be underway, but that the anti-Israel protests and demonstrations across the world, in Europe especially, were manifestations of naked anti-Semitism. In other words, what used to be called the “sleeping giant of anti-Semitism” is awake again.
The most dramatic headline that came to my notice was over
an article in The Guardian by Jon Henley on 7 August. It read: Antisemitism
on rise across
One of the “experts” Henley quoted was Dieter Graumann, president of
Some demonstrators and protestors were using
I agree with Christopher Dickey who made
this comment. “Can you criticise
In passing I want to add that in my opinion the global
reaction against Israel was driven not only by visual evidence of the death and
destruction the IDF delivered to the Gaza Strip but also the absurd statements
of justification made by all who speak for Israel right or wrong from Netanyahu
down. (“Hamas is engaging in child sacrifice” etcetera,
etcetera). Their statements were in my view an insult to the
intelligence of all sane people who could see for themselves what was happening
The key to understanding is, I submit, in the following paragraph.
Yes, it’s true that the giant of real anti-Semitism has
been present throughout history, sometimes sleeping, sometimes awake and on the
rampage. But after the Nazi holocaust, and because of it, the
giant not only went back to sleep, IT ALMOST CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE DIED IN ITS
SLEEP IF THERE HAD BEEN NO ZIONISM.
That last statement is, of course, speculation on my part but I believe it is fully supported by the completeness of the assimilation of the Jewish citizens of the Western nations as the second half of the 20th century unfolded. Also to be noted is that in the last decade or so about one million Israeli Jews said goodbye to the Zionist state to start new lives in the Western nations; and in the months before the European protests and demonstrations against Israel’s latest war on the Gaza Strip, more of those who took their leave of Israel resettled themselves in Germany rather than America.
To the extent that the transformation of anti-Israelism/anti-Zionism into anti-Semitism is underway today, the factor, not “a” factor as in Harkabi’s
According to Harkabi
There should be discussion of the dangers that religious extremism pose to the state, to the status of the Jewish people in the world and to Judaism. The dangers of Messianism must be presented candidly, with full exposure of the catastrophes produced by false messiahs in the past.
lessons can be summed up as the pressing need for self-criticism. Certainly
If Harkabi was alive today (he
died in 1994) I would suggest to him that in 2014 there is no chance of
If the notion that there is a real danger of another great turning against the Jews provoked by Zionism in action was only my gentile view, I probably would not have written this article. But I have a number of very dear Jewish friends who fear that it could happen. One of them is Nazi holocaust survivor Dr. Hajo Meyer, the author of An Ethical Tradition Betrayed: The End of Judaism.
And then there is Tony Learman. I
don’t know him but I respect him enormously. (He is a British Jewish writer who
specialises in the study of anti-Semitism, the
Israel-Palestine conflict, multiculturalism and the place of religion in society.
From 2006 to early 2009 he was Director of the Institute for Jewish Policy
Research, a think tank on issues affecting Jewish communities in
If Israel continues its attitude of defiance of international legal norms and of the wishes of the international community as regards settlements, then this is almost inviting a real resurgence of a form of historical anti-Semitism.
In conversation with Tony I would say something like the
Another British Jewish writer who captured my attention was Blake Ezra. The following was the opening paragraph of an article on his web site which was carried by The Times of Israel. on 9 August.
“Dear world, I’m writing to you from a place of despair and confusion. When I say ‘world’, I don’t simply mean the planet upon which we all live but I address personally whoever is reading this. As a Jewish person, I have a question for you. It’s a genuine question to which I can’t find a suitable answer through my own thoughts… What do you want from us?”
He went on to say that as a Jew he, like
many of his co-religionists, didn’t feel safe in his own city (
Other gems from his article included the
“The Jewish people have never insisted that whichever
country they inhabit becomes kosher, Jewish people have never insisted that
their fellow non-Jewish citizens keep the laws of the Jewish Sabbath, Jewish
people have never insisted that their Synagogues dominate the skyline of towns
across the diaspora. We mean no harm, we come in
peace, please stop threatening to kill us… Sometimes, world, I wonder if your
plan is to make Jewish people feel so uncomfortable in the countries they
inhabit that they all move to
The answer to that question ought to be obvious to all but those who are suffering from paranoia and can be simply stated.
What the world
Without such an acknowledgement I can see no hope for peace based on an acceptable amount of justice for the Palestinians and security for all and, if Israel remains on its present course, not much hope for preventing the transformation of anti-Israelism/anti-Zionism into anti-Semitism on a scale that could lead, in a foreseeable future, to another great turning against the Jews.
In my analysis the key to preventing Holocaust II at some
point in a foreseeable future is in the hands of the Jews of the world
themselves, European and American Jews in particular. What I mean is that it’s
in their own best interests to distance themselves from the Zionist state in
order in order to rob accusations of their complicity in its crimes of any credible
substance. In addition to acknowledging the wrong done to the Palestinians and
the need for that wrong to be righted, they could say, publicly, that they
cannot and will not support an
It is true that a growing but still smallish number of
European and American Jews are speaking out, not only in support of some
justice for the Palestinians but also to condemn
What we need in
Jews in the
West, particularly in the United States, should participate in this debate.
They should not be squeamish and discouraged by the fear that the arguments
they air may help their enemies and those of
What is at stake is the survival of
One implication of that part of Harkabi’s analysis is that if the Jews of the Western world who understand the situation exerted themselves, they could convince Israelis to change their thinking. In theory that might be so but in reality it can’t happen as things are
for the simple reason that the majority of the Jews of the Western world do not understand the situation; and that in turn is because they have been conditioned to believe a version of history, Zionism’s version, which is simply not true.
The majority don’t know, for example, that
And there’s an awesome complicating factor. It’s not only
that most Jews of the Western world don’t know the truth of history as it relates
to the conflict in and over
Shortly before the publication of the first volume of the
My friend was silent for about a minute. Then, in a voice not much above a whisper, he said, “If what I believe about that war is not true, everything crumbles.”
Since then we have remained best friends but we do not ever
I thought long and hard about the meaning of “everything crumbles” and I came to the conclusion, endorsed in private by other Jewish friends, that what it means can be summarised as follows. Many and perhaps even most Jews need to believe they always were, are and always will be VICTIMS.
And that, I believe, assists real and true understanding of
why most Jews of the world are silent on the matter of
What I believe to be the most tragic irony in all of human history to date is that most Jews of the world can’t see that if the rising, global tide of anti-Israelism/anti-Zionism is transformed into anti-Semitism on a scale that could lead to Holocaust II, it will be because of Zionism in action.
In that light my gentile appeal to the Jews of the world, American and European Jews in particular, is this. The key to preventing Holocaust II is in your hands. Use it to unlock your minds that have been closed by Zionist propaganda. (I mean its lies and deceptions).
Because I have faith in the potential goodness of human nature, a potential that has to be liberated by the truth of history, I want to end this article by pointing to an alternative scenario to the one indicated by my headline.
As I wrote in my book and say on public platforms, I truly
believe that, generally speaking, the Jews are the intellectual elite of the
Western world and the Palestinians are by far the intellectual elite of the
Arab world. Together in peace and partnership in
To put it another way, in peace and a partnership of equals, the Jews minus Zionism could become, with the Palestinians, a light unto nations. Surely that’s a better option than allowing Zionism to put the light out?
R.I.P. DEAR HAJO
I sent a draft of this article to Hajo
Meyer for his comments and suggestions. His wife Chris called me to say that a
week after celebrating his 90th birthday, Hajo had
passed away peacefully. He will rest in peace because he was at peace with
himself in his life. I know that because of his answer to a question I asked
him over a meal in
I said: “You’re well into your eighties and despite the
fact that you lived through the hell of Auschwitz, you are vilified by
He replied, “The first person I see when I wake up in the morning is me.”
He meant that he needed above all to be able to live with himself. (As I write I find myself wondering how many of our so-called leaders, President Obama in particular, can do that).
In one of our last conversations Hajo
said that he no longer had any hesitation about describing
Alan Hart has been engaged with events in the Middle East and their global consequences and terrifying implications – the possibility of a Clash of Civilisations, Judeo-Christian v Islamic, and, along the way, another great turning against the Jews – for nearly 40 years…Continue