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Iranian “Holocaust”?

Apr 24, 2012 at 05:33:23 AM

Elie Wiesel, the famed Nobel Prize-winning author and Holocaust survivor, is jumping into the fray these days about the highly-charged political situation in Iran.

Last week, when Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu compared the Iranian nuclear threat to a second Holocaust, Wiesel shot back:

"Iran is a threat, but can we say that it will make a second Auschwitz? I don't compare anything to the Holocaust... Only Auschwitz was Auschwitz."

This week, Wiesel accompanied President Barack Obama on a visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington. Following the visit, as reported by the Washington Times, President Obama said:

"It's a bitter truth. Too often the world has failed to prevent the killing of innocents on a massive scale, and we are haunted by the atrocities that we did not stop and the lives we did not save."

But Wiesel wondered aloud why world leaders have not "learned anything" from the Holocaust.

"How is it that Assad is still in power?" Wiesel asked, referring to the 10,000 civilians who have died in Syria since popular protests began about a year ago.

Wiesel continued:

"How is it that the Holocaust's No. 1 denier, Ahmadinejad, is still a president? He who threatens to use nuclear weapons… to destroy the Jewish state. We must know that when evil has power, it is almost too late."

So Wiesel did in fact use the Holocaust Museum as an opportunity to push for protection of Israel today.

My take on all this is that while there are clear parallels ― i.e. Israel's 6 million Jews are being threatened with annihilation by a dictatorial madman ― using the term capital-H "Holocaust" is best reserved for that horrific singular event in world history, the Nazi destruction of European Jewry.

Now it's up to each of us to stop Iran and ensure that nothing of the sort ever happens again.

Visitor Comments: 3

(2) miriam, May 2, 2012 3:52 PM

What should we call what Achmedinijad wants to do if not a holocaust?

A backyard barbeque?

(1) Hannah Baruch, April 24, 2012 6:08 PM

I totally agree with Eli Weisel who I admire deeply

Eli Weisel should continue with his efforts to bring down Ahmedijenbad

Anonymous, April 25, 2012 8:30 PM

Eli Weisel is absolutly right. Lieders of countries who advocate killings and kill, who advocate destruction should be stoped before is too late. That is a simple logic.Many organization collect money, only money will not do the job.Wake up world We dso not need an other Hitler.


Toulouse and Us

The horrific murder of Rabbi Sandler and three young children is a wake-up call for Jews worldwide.

Mar 19, 2012 at 12:47:19 PM

The world is recoiling from the horrific slaughter at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France that killed Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, his two sons, and a young girl.

Rabbi Sandler, age 30, was sent from Israel to strengthen the Jewish community in France. He was teaching at the same Ozar HaTorah School that he attended as a child.

We now know this was an anti-Semitic act. Which means this is a wake-up call for Jews worldwide.

Some mistakenly think that only the Jews of Israel are in danger ― from Hezbollah in the north, Hamas in the south, and Iran in the nuclear skies above.

Yet while Israel does indeed bear the brunt of anti-Semitism, the fact is that Ahmadinejad and his cohorts view all Jews as equally valid targets. As Hezbollah leader Sheikh Nasrallah so bluntly put it: "If the Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide." (Lebanon Daily Star, October 23, 2002)

One chilling detail being reported is that 3-year-old Gabriel Sandler, gunned down at point blank range in Toulouse, was named after Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, the Chabad emissary who was murdered by terrorists in Mumbai, India, in 2008.

Here in Israel, we are living under tremendous pressure as the threat of nuclear annihilation looms. Yet sometimes I get the feeling that Jews abroad still perceive the threat as "somewhere out there."

In truth, it is right in your backyard.

Rafah, the Iranian news site affiliated with Ahmadinejad, has threatened to "take the war beyond the borders of Iran, and beyond the borders of the region." Last month, Islamists hit Jewish targets in Georgia and India, plus two Iranian-perpetrated blasts in Bangkok, Thailand.

So what's the solution? Can we expect much in the way of international protection (an element which was sorely lacking during the Holocaust)? No, not if the United Nations is any indication. It is the U.N. Human Rights Council that originally scheduled a speech ― today, the very day of the Toulouse slaughter ― by Ismail al-Ashqar, the same senior Hamas official who described the killing of Osama Bin Laden as "state terrorism that America carries out against Muslims."

And in a speech just hours after the murders, Catherine Ashton, one of the highest-ranking European Union officials, juxtaposed "what happened in Toulouse" with "what is happening in Gaza..."

The world is descending into a new round of moral confusion and chaos. The sooner we realize one inalienable truth, the better off we will all be:

Every Jew, no matter where s/he is, cannot separate himself from Israel. We are all one, intrinsically bound for eternity.

Today, let us join together to mourn the murder of Rabbi Sandler and three young children.

And let us feel the pain of the bereaved widow who moved to France with the purest of intentions, and now returns to Israel to bury her husband and two sons.

And let us pledge to take the plight of every Jew fully to heart.

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(59) Amy, March 23, 2012 5:14 AM

Souls and hearts, sorrow, prayer and peace...

Please G-d protect the souls of those 4 folks who were brutally killed, and the hearts of those whom they left behind. My sorrow for the innocent lives cut short (at the hand of a dreadful coward), and my prayers to the family members who now must forever suffer such agony. Peace, peace and peace.

(58) Ari Tzedek, March 22, 2012 5:05 PM

Yes a wake up call, but a bit different than the one you suggest.

I agree that this was a wake up call. But not exactly the one you're portraying. That Jews are the primary targets is obvious, but the world at large are targets as well. I know very few Jews that don't know that there are people waiting to kill us at the first opportunity. It's the rest of the world that has trouble accepting that they are targets, just because they don't believe the same things as those that resort to terror to prove they're right. What happened in France was the perfect example of this. This murderer targeted military personnel first. People that devoted their lives for the causes of freedom and justice. Then he targeted Jews. The cowardice of such people to target those who are helpless is just astounding. The murderers next target, (which he told the police), was going to be more people that dedicated their lives to justice. Perhaps what G-d is trying to wake the world up to is, that if you recognize the barbarism of the terrorists that target the helpless and innocent, and act to right those wrongs, they, in turn, will also be helped. Kudos to France for standing up and going after justice with a vengeance. Kudos to the president of France for asking that Moslems as a whole, not be targeted in retaliation. And kudos to the Palestinian president for clarifying that the murder of those children in France, was in no way like the death of the Palestinian children, who are also victims of an unholy war. My sympathies to the families of all those that have lost children and loved ones to the acts of radicals that have no conscience. May the Sandler family be comforted in the Gates of Zion and Jerusalem. Hamokom Yinachaim

(57) Pinchas, March 22, 2012 1:10 PM

Thank you al-Qaeda

Thank you al-Qaeda, for while we Jews in Israel have been focused on what separates us you do not make such distinctions. While we are distinguishing between religious and secular, hareidi and dati, Sephardi and Ashkenazi, white and black, those who dress modestly and those who don’t, between those who live in cities and those who live in settlements—you al-Qaeda do not see these differences, to you we are all Jews. You do not distinguish between Israeli and French Jews, between Zionist and non-Zionist Jews, between those Jews living in the exile and those who live in Israel. Your hatred is so deep that you don’t even distinguish between Jewish children and their parents, between Jewish students and their teachers. For you understand that we are all the same people, and so thank you for reminding us. Your fighter for al-Qaeda wore a helmet to conceal his face as he attacked the Jewish children in Toulouse. G-d granted him a brief moment to demonstrate mercy when his gun jammed while he held 7 –year-old Miriam by her hair; but he calmly brought out his other weapon and shot her instead - this brave soldier for Islam. But his face was not concealed to us; we have seen this face many times before, it is the face of Amalek that specifically targets Jewish children.... So thank you for reminding us again that the darkest evil has no mercy and will not be moderated or negotiated with. Thank you also for reminding us that you will use whatever weapons are available to you to fulfill your mission so that those of us who have been confused regarding your true nature will now have clarity. Thank you al-Qaeda for reminding Jews living outside of Israel that they are still connected to those who live here and for reminding those in Israel that they are connected to those living in the Diaspora. Thank you for reminding us that we are actually one people, with one G-d and with one land, and that we share the same destiny and we share the same dream.

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Bombings: Iran Blames Israel

Feb 15, 2012 at 05:41:56 AM by:

Israeli squirrel spies on IranIn the wake of this week’s bombings against Israeli targets in India and Bangkok, Iran is blaming Israel for attacking its own people.

We're used to this far-fetched Iranian paranoid smokescreening. Remember, these are the same folks whose intelligence agents arrested 14 squirrels for allegedly sneaking around with Western spy gear.

But now the mainstream media is chiming in with their own repugnant theories. Genieve Abdo, a frequent contributor to the New York Times, told Australian public radio that Israel had bombed its own diplomats in order to have an excuse to blame Iran:

Radio Host: Iran’s leadership says it’s sheer lies that it’s behind the attacks and [Iran says] that the Israelis have planted the bombs themselves to discredit Iran.

Geneive Abdo: Well I think that’s entirely possible. I mean, if you consider what the Israelis did for many years in Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East, that theory is not so farfetched.

This is a throwback to the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war, when Thomas Ricks, at the time a military correspondent for the Washington Post, told CNN that Israel purposely allowed Hezbollah to launch missiles into northern Israel – in order to have an excuse to retaliate. According to Ricks:

One of the things that is going on... is that Israel purposely has left pockets of Hezbollah rockets in Lebanon, because as long as they’re being rocketed, they can continue to have a sort of moral equivalency in their operations in Lebanon.

As the Iran-Israel battle heats up, be on the lookout for more of this libelous disinformation coming from the mainstream media.

HT: Michael Rubin / Contentions blog

Visitor Comments: 3

(2) Karmen Nava, February 19, 2012 3:46 PM

There is a movement to blame Israel for all of the global problems today. There are multiudes of websites in every language blaming the Zionists as well as ing Christians who support Israel, and it is increasing. These provocative authors surely have an agenda and most people follow blindly without doing their own research. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion are again being circulated around the world. From my own research, the author was not even Jewish. How can the human race believe that only one group is responsible for all of the problems of the earth. Surely the despots who reside in every nation who infiltratte the politics and every major religions are involved. The renegade mafia of evil involved in so many secret organizations which conspire against the human race. Those people who have a regard for humanity and respect G-d´s Commandments do not take part in this vicious hatred.

(1) Lisa, February 16, 2012 10:56 AM

Where have you been??

Shraga, your blog puts the perfect finishing touch on Aish's website!! It's current & very insightful!! Thank you so much for keeping us plugged into whats "buzzing" today! Yasher Koach!

simon, February 19, 2012 3:58 PM

they are people they say things without sens

There are people they write against Israel writhout saing the true.


NY Times Hides the Iranian Threat to Israel – Again

Feb 5, 2012 at 11:45:16 PM by:

The New York Times reports:

In Tehran, the speech by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made during Friday Prayer and broadcast live to the nation, came amid deepening American concern about a possible military strike on Iran’s nuclear enrichment sites by Israel, whose leaders delivered blunt new warnings on Thursday about what they called the need to stop Iran’s nuclear program. Israel considers a nuclear-armed Iran a threat to its existence. (Robert F. Worth and David E. Sanger, "U.N. Nuclear Inspectors’ Visit to Iran Is a Failure, West Says," New York Times, February 3, 2012.)

Now why, pray tell, might Israel “consider” a nuclear-armed Iran a threat to its existence?

The Times doesn't get into specifics, and indeed leaves out a key part of Khamenei’s speech, reported by the Ahlul Bayt ("Holy Household") Islamic News Agency:

"The Zionist regime is truly a cancerous tumor in the region and it must be, and will be, cut off.”

Why did the Times leave out that key statement, and present this very real threat to Israel as a mere concern?

This is just another one of the many, many patterns of bias the New York Times is perpetrating against Israel. In reporting on Ahmadinejad's horrific threat that Israel "must be wiped off the map," the Times has cleverly re-translated the original Farsi into the far milder wish that Israel should "vanish from the pages of time." (Ethan Bronner, "Just How Far Did They Go, Those Words Against Israel?", New York Times, June 11, 2006)

Of course, the Times’ mistranslation ignores the fact that the Iranian government has erected billboards with the phrase "Israel should be wiped out of the face of the world" in plain English, and the slogan is painted on Iranian ballistic missiles.

The English section of Ahmadinejad's own website quotes him as saying that Israel "will be wiped off the map." ("President Says Zionist Regime of Israel Faces Deadend," June 3, 2008) And Dariush Rezaiinejad, chief commander of Iran's Basij militia, has stated clearly: "We have no option but to have the Zionist regime wiped off the map." ("IRGC Basij: No Choice But to Wipe Out Israel," Home Daily News - Iran, July 27, 2011)

All this is documented in my book, David & Goliath. And it’s all been erased from the New York Times, the increasingly-questionable "newspaper of record."

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(6) Wassim, February 21, 2012 1:40 PM

Yes I'm worried too

Seems such a shame considering Persia's magnificent history, but everything changed when the Muslims conquered it. Yazgird III's letter is a classic for all time. I'm so ashamed of what is passing for religion these days. Seems some people don't want a ONE GOD world... everyone wants their own version... I pray HaShem will show his hand and lead us to true civilisation at last. This year will be a special Purim. Have faith.

(5) Phil, February 10, 2012 4:43 AM

The NYT has a long history...

When the NYT reported on Kristallnacht, they made Goebbels look like a savior:

(4) Beverly Kurtin, February 9, 2012 10:51 PM

Saving Israel

I'm reading "Saving Israel" by Daniel Gord. It is a disturbing book in some ways because it tells the out and out truth about what the Arabs want. They do not want "a" nation, they want ISRAEL...every bit of it; only by removing all Jews from the land which the Arabs called "Occupied" will the Arabs be happy. That is why they refuse to negotiate, period. Jew Hate is raising its horrid head again in Europe where attacks on Jews is becoming more and more common. If they did take over Israel, would they do as they did when we stupidly gave them Gaza? Will they destroy everything? That seems to be all that they know or have ever known. They are mentioned in Obadiah, telling how they urged the Babylons to tear down the temple and raze the rest of Jerusalem. Edomites (the Arabs) have been our enemies for milenia. NOWHERE IN SCRIPTURE WERE THE ARABS PROMISED THE LAND THEY NOW CLAIM. Yet, that is all that they will accept. The Arabs are poisoning the minds of the world with their pernicious propaganda. WHY the world accepts lies when the truth is in front of them is beyond my ability to ponder. The one thing I took from that book is the importance of Israel because ONLY in Israel can we make Jewish decisions based on Jewish ideas. There were some who did not want the Somalis from entering Israel. But those who recalled our escape from Egypt decided that we had no moral right other than to invite them in. The world never heard about it, the world never hears about the good things we do in Israel. If we are to be able to continue to make our own decisions based on our Judaism, Israel MUST continue to exist, but we're going to have to do it without even talking with the Arabs; they will never permit us to live in peace. This could go on for centuries. Sigh...

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