Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Key statements by Richard Falk comparing the collective punishment of the people of Gaza to the Nazi Holocaust are given below, but his complete address of June 29, 2007, is well worth reading; unfortunately, it is more relevant to more places in the world today than it was even last year.

There is little doubt that the Nazi Holocaust was as close to
unconditional evil as has been revealed throughout the entire bloody history of the human species….

Against this background, it is especially painful for me, as an American Jew, to feel compelled to portray the ongoing and intensifying abuse of the Palestinian people by Israel through a reliance on such an inflammatory metaphor as ‘holocaust.’...

Is it an irresponsible overstatement to associate the treatment of Palestinians with this criminalized Nazi record of collective
atrocity? I think not. The recent developments in Gaza are especially disturbing because they express so vividly a deliberate intention on the part of Israel and its allies to subject an entire human community to life-endangering conditions of utmost cruelty.

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