Roy Tov — roytov.com Dec 26, 2013
I must apologize to my readers for this article because it can be easily misunderstood. Moreover, I know that many of them oppose my approach to what is wrongly called “Holocaust” in English, and “Sho’a” in Hebrew. Yet, using these terms does not imply recognizing every detail of Israel’s version as completely accurate.
Using them allows showing the historical relation between two violent regimes; destroying the official version that one side of WWII was angels while the other demons.
State propaganda cannot be thrown into eternal oblivion by dismissing it a priori. To achieve that, one must confront it and prove it wrong. Word by word, statement by statement, paragraph by paragraph until the propagandist civil servant runs away in eternal shame.
Before eminent ADL lawyers attack me for saying that “Holocaust” is a wrong term for the events that took place in parts of Europe during WWII let me state its difference from “Sho’a.” “Holocaust” is a religious word denoting the total burning of an offering to God. Not even Israel claims that this is what happened in Europe.
Derived from Greek, “Holocaust” translates the Biblical “‘Ola.” The Hebrew “Sho’a” refers nowadays to the same events in Europe and appears thirteen times in the Bible with the meanings of “calamity and destruction,” “desert,” and “heavy cloud and storm.”
The image above was taken during the December 2013 storm, the worst in the Middle East in more than a century. In the Judean Desert these three apparently unrelated terms became one reality. An almost always dry riverbed floods under a heavy cloud and brings disaster.
In the Hour of Sho’a, 1933
Sho’a in the European context predated Nazi camps. It was used for the first time on March 17, 1933, by the defunct Hebrew newspaper Davar, the Voice of Socialist-Zionists. The editorial that day was entitled “In the Hour of Sho’a for German Jewry,” and condemned National-Socialists in Germany.
Even in Israel there are different views about the Sho’a. An Ultra-Orthodox group, Naturei Karta,* has solid proofs that certain Jewish leaders let Nazis kill Jews. Less known outside Isreal is the eternal dispute between Israel Kastner and Hannah Szenes. Kastner dealt with Nazi Germany and saved many lives; Szenes infiltrated their camp and was executed. Kastner refused to visit her in jail, and was subsequently assassinated in Israel. In the 2013 elections, a Kastner relative, Meirav Michaeli, entered the Knesset representing Labor.
Having clarified that, the core of this article is related to a secondary issue of WWII. Germany tattooed its prisoners on the arm. This horrifying identification method used in their camps was a result of the mayhem caused by countless bodies.
I know that this is not propaganda. My maternal great-grandmother had such a tattoo on her arm awarded to her in a Nazi Camp
Invariably, this is portrayed in Israel as one of the most symbolic events showing the Nazi inhumanity. How they degraded humans into numbers, imposed forced works on them, made medical experiments on them, and then killed them. This is not a Holocaust, yet it is a Sho’a.
Word by word, day by day, month by month, I follow Israel’s reality. In many occasions, I have analyzed the reports to show that it is not different from the abovementioned European events.
In the Hour of Sho’a, 2013
This is especially true on the day after Christmas 2013, when two storm fronts unexpectedly met and created a Zionist horror show of racism.
Many of the physicians that served the Nazi regime were Jews, including aides to the infamous Doctor Mengele.& After the war, many of the survivors of this group immigrated to Palestine, joined the Jewish settlements and reshaped what later became the Israeli medical services.
A reminder of that is the recent and horrendous affair of non-consensual sterilization of black women by Israeli physicians was widely reported$ in Israel but avoided with fear by international media. The Nazi-style program had been sanctioned by the Israeli Ministry of Health. The racism is so deep that during Mandela’s funeral, Israel refused a black lawmaker blood donation.
The mistreatment of African workers by Israel is a related recurrent theme. Only yesterday, December 25, I reported on a fists fight in the Supreme Court, after denizens of Tel Aviv demanded the deportation of Africans. The latter are regularly attacked in Tel Aviv, including at home an in their kindergarten. Despite Israel Police knowing the identity of the Jewish extremists that threw Molotov cocktails at the latter, they were not detained. In essence, this was an African Kristallnacht** in Tel Aviv.
African workers are welcome by Israel but are defined illegal. They are allowed to work, otherwise who will tend Jewish gardens? However, if they give any signs that they are attempting to settle (like registering their children to a school) they are quickly imprisoned in special jails (Saharonim and Holot) and later on deported.
The day after the fight in Court, a shocking revelation hit Israel. The Israeli treatment of Africans is closer to the treatment of Jews by Nazi Germany than anybody imagined.
Israel stripped of names from these humans, innocent men and women who deserve identity and freedom. Like the Nazi tattoos, Israel replaced their names with numbers.
This was disclosed by Yediot Ahronot, the largest-paid Hebrew newspaper. The implementation by Israel by this dehumanizing policy was even more shocking than in Nazi Germany.
The State of Israel appealed regarding 153 early decisions about African illegal workers at the Administrative Issues Court in Be’er Sheva, which forms part of the District Court; this is one step lower than the Supreme Court. A lower Court had ruled that it has no authority to decide on the State’s request to keep the Africans jailed; none of them was accused of committing crimes.
After she recovered from the shock, Judge Sarah Dovrat reprimanded the State and rejected the file in its current form. As shown in the picture, the petition was by the State of Israel against a long string of numbers. Each number represented an African.
The file was given to Court by two lawyers Nehama Brook and Yael Glickman. Showing their infinite humanity, care, and love, they told the astonished judge that they had no time to fill the names.
Attorney Asaf Vaitzen, who represents some of the foreign workers, explained that this step was illegal. Moreover, he denounced that several detainees have no lawyers, being thus denied the inalienable right of self-defense.
The Judge ruled “The names of the accused had not been detailed. I don’t think that this is a proper way of filling a petition because behind each number there is a human. It is correct to refer to them by their names and not by numbers.
Even a Zionist judge had troubles with the Zionist State approach to the issue. WWII survivors were clearer. Lucy Mandelshtam, who passed through three Nazi camps and appears in the image with a number tattooed on her hand said “It is surprising that our state uses numbers. It is wrong and simply humiliating. I wouldn’t like to be treated as a number.”
Her daughter, Irit Lerner, said “It is shocking. The idea of taking a human and transforming him into a number creates a sharp emotional disgust since we are what we are. I refer not only to the action of deportation that sickens me; I say that because we are a people of nomads and survivors.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu, after successfully imitating Nazi-Germany in so many occasions, would you now follow the genocidial Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and adopt the title Brother #1?