"In Europe, this designation is becoming more and more common. The IDF are
Nazis and Israel is a Nazi, Jews afflicting unto others all that was done to
A large part of the world's leftists - many of whom consider themselves to be
friends of Israel, some of them even Jewish - see the Israeli occupation as
a manifestation of renewed Nazism.
I reject that comparison with anger and contempt. It is incorrect,
horrifically infuriating and harmful to the just Palestinian cause. The
occupation is cruel enough, and while comparison to the Holocaust not only
cheapens that historical memory, it also undervalues the crimes of the Israeli
There is no one absolute evil. Comparison between the Israeli occupation and
Nazism is like comparing an elephant to a fly. What do they have in common?
Yes! Thank you for that Mr. Levy, but take it somewhat further. The fact is, that comparisons between the Nazis and the current state of the Middle East reflects a grave misunderstanding of one, both of these historic/ongoing events. What the Nazis did to the Jews, the Gypsies, Homosexuals, the Infirm, Jehovah's Witnesses, Poles, Soviets, Communists and anyone else they didn't like has not since been repeated in scale, organization, institutionalization or quantity since nor had anything like it taken place before. Yes, the evil required for the Holocaust was not unique, it's been seen in Turkey, Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia, Uganda, today in Darfur and in many other less known but equally shocking and abhorrent instances, but what the Nazis wreaked has never been repeated upon anyone else. Therefore, it is disingenuous and inaccurate to compare almost anyone or any group to Hitler or the Nazis, especially when the comparison is made when dealing with more trivial matters. Such comparisons are simply wrong and weaken the arguments of those making them. Hearing such comparisons raise the flag that any argument being presented in the same breath as a comparison to Nazis could be fallacious not only because it reports to mere name calling, but that it attempts to draw a false, emotional connection between the hatred and evil of Nazis with the target of the argument.
The inappropriateness of this comparison (with the exception of people who call themselves Nazis) ought to apply to everyone including, and again I agree with Mr. Levy on this point, Israelis who make this claim about others and even about their own Israeli political opponents.
Perhaps Levy should have a chat with the Iranian involved in yesterday's outburst at the Durban conference where he called the crowd protesting against him zio-nazis. That would be a good place to make this important argument. In many ways, making this case in Ha'Aretz is preaching to the choir.