International Holocaust Remembrance Day’s Fatal Flaw

Caroline Glick is the Director of the David Horowitz Freedom Center's Israel Security Project and the Senior Contributing Editor of The Jerusalem Post. For more information on Ms. Glick's work, visit carolineglick.com


Anne FrankOriginally published by the Jerusalem Post

On the surface, it is very moving to see half of the members of Knesset at Auschwitz marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

But in a larger sense, it is not at all clear why this is necessary.

The Jewish people have Yom HaShoah V’Hagevura, our own national day of mourning for the genocide of our people in Europe.

More importantly, we carry the legacy of the Holocaust inside of us.

Every day, at some level, we experience the ulcerative loss of a third of the Jewish people in the hell of Europe, because we feel the hollow absence of the victims.

The six million murdered have become 10 million descendants who were never born. And we miss them.

We remember them too, every day, when we look at our children and thank God we can protect them.

Israel does not need this extra Holocaust memorial day. And before we send another delegation of elected officials to Auschwitz next January 27, we need to ask whether this extra day serves any positive purpose.

In November 2005, Israel was one of the co-sponsors of the UN General Assembly resolution that made January 27, the day Auschwitz was liberated, International Holocaust Remembrance Day. At the time, Israeli politicians and American Jewish leaders extolled the resolution as signaling a new era of UN relations with the Jewish state.

They also proclaimed that the educational materials that would be disseminated worldwide under the auspices of International Holocaust Remembrance Day would make a significant contribution to the combat of anti-Semitism.

But eight years later none of this has happened.

To the contrary, the UN has escalated even further its official anti-Semitism through its diplomatic, cultural and educational aggression against the Jewish state.

Consider for instance that a week before its duly mandated International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the UN ushered in 2014 as the Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The occasion was marked among other things, by the January 20 opening of a yearlong exhibit at the UN Headquarters in New York portraying Israelis as Nazis and Palestinians as Jews.

Since 2005, anti-Semitism has risen throughout Europe, as have levels of anti-Semitism among Europhilic Americans.

Jews throughout Europe feel under assault, and unprotected. The situation is so bad that Jews don’t even bother reporting most of the anti-Semitic attacks they suffer.

The more closely we consider events the more clearly we see that ironically and obscenely, Holocaust memorializing in Europe is enabling anti-Semitism.

Europeans use the focus on the Holocaust to pretend that European anti-Semitism began with the Nazis’ rise to power in 1933 and ended with their defeat 12 years later. In truth, the Nazis’ rise to power was a natural consequence of 1,600 years of European Jew hatred.

From the time of Roman Emperor Constantine, persecution, expulsion and massacre of Jews was the norm, not the exception, in European life.

Hitler and his colleagues were adored not despite their hatred of Jews and their organization of German politics around the dehumanization of Jewish people. They were supported by the Germans, and by the majority of the people in the European lands they conquered because of their anti-Semitism and their dehumanization of Jews.

This Jew hatred did not die in Auschwitz.

As Ruth Wisse explained in August 2010, political anti-Semitism was resuscitated immediately after the war ended with the establishment of the Arab League. The League’s sole purpose was to reorganize anti-Semitic politics around denying the Jewish people their legal right to establish a sovereign state in their homeland.

In other words, with the establishment of the League in March 1945, the just-ended physical annihilation of European Jewry was replaced by the campaign to deny Jews political freedom and independence in our land.

Rather than combat this affront to international law and to the Charter of the United Nations, Europe, along with the rest of the world, sought to appease, and so facilitated and encouraged Arab anti-Jewish aggression.

When in 1948, in breach of the UN Charter the Arabs invaded the nascent State of Israel, they were not punished for their illegal action. And in the intervening 65 years, the Arabs’ refusal to recognize or live at peace with the UN member state similarly has gone unpunished.

Even worse, instead of censuring the Arabs for their immoral and illegal behavior, the UN has adopted their venomous anti-Jewish agenda as its own.

It bears noting that Wisse presented her position at a conference sponsored by Yale University’s Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism.

Hers was one of several hundred important papers presented there by academics from around the world.

YIISA ’s conference was so successful in highlighting the central position anti-Semitism plays in global politics today that many participants optimistically believed it would serve as the catalyst, finally, for a serious reckoning by American and European academia with the scourge of anti-Semitism that was not eradicated – or even seriously dealt with – after the Holocaust.

But alas, it was not to be. Angered by the conference’s success, Arab donors, PLO officials and Europhilic academics demanded that Yale close YIISA .

Ten months later, Yale closed YIISA .

YIISA ’s successor, the unaffiliated Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy, just published a five-volume set of the papers presented at the conference.

YIISA ’s closure was one more indicator of anti-Semitism’s profound and enduring influence on our daily lives.

And it is vital that we understand how this is the case.

In Europe, and increasingly in Europhilic sectors of American society, anti-Semitism is not combated or even seriously studied because most Europeans and their American admirers don’t have a problem with anti-Semitism.

Whereas they enthusiastically condemn their colonialist past, which was far shorter and less violent than their Jew hatred, they shrug their shoulders, turn a blind eye, or condone continued assaults on Jews.

The Arab transposition of political Jew hatred from Europe to Israel provided the Europeans with a new post-war political framework to attack Jews. And with it, they continue to blame Jews for everything from the price of oil to Islamic terrorism while slandering the descendants of their grandparents’ victims with blood libels against Israel.

In this rancid environment, rather than serving to combat Jew hatred, International Holocaust Remembrance Day inadvertently enables it. By bowing their heads in honor of dead Jews for five minutes every January 27, the Europeans get to pretend that the Holocaust was exogenous, as opposed to organic to, and still very much a part of European civilization.

Modern Zionism was conceived as having two objectives – to enable the Jews to protect ourselves from anti-Semites; and to end anti-Semitism by normalizing Jews as a nation among the nations. But as Wisse notes, like the Jews in exilic communities, the Jewish state cannot end other people’s hatred of Jews, because we didn’t cause it. Only the anti-Semites, through their own moral reckoning with their anti-Semitic past and present, can do that.

In light of the Europeans’ continued refusal to undertake such a moral reckoning, far from combating anti-Semitism, International Holocaust Remembrance Day serves as a cover for it. Israel and the Jewish people should not let the Holocaust serve as a fig leaf for their continuing, and growing, hatred.

Caroline Glick’s new book, The Israeli Solution: A One State Plan for Peace in the Middle East, is due out on March 4.

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  • Dyer’s Eve

    Indeed, the Nazis did not invent anti-Semitism, they exploited it. Adolf Hitler was their funnel, their facilitator. May he burn in hell! As for a remembrance day for Auschwitz, it is not in vain. I’m too young to have known those horrible days, but I keep the memory of the victims in my heart. I never knew them, but I’ll never forget them.

    • Adam Poznanski

      the german (money)-aristocracy casted Hitler. (He never killed a jew…^^) The german of today think they invented pacifism and use their “belief” for appeasement – for it earns them billions of iranian money. It’s greed what forms antizionist antisemites, and sad enough, low self esteem in combination with poverty plus illiteracy in muslims

  • Not a Neo-Con

    Hitler and his colleagues were adored not despite their hatred of
    Jews and their organization of German politics around the dehumanization
    of Jewish people. They were supported by the Germans, and by the
    majority of the people in the European lands they conquered because of
    their anti-Semitism and their dehumanization of Jews.

    Is it actually possible to establish that a majority of the population of occupied Europe supported Hitler and his colleagues, let alone because of their anti-Semitism?

    • TheOrdinaryMan

      Given the results of Hitler’s conquest of Europe; the annihilation of 6 million Jews, and 5 million Gypsies and other “undesirables”, is it necessary to get into statistics? Or the definition of “majority?” Think about this: In 1648, Bogdan Chmelnitski and his Cossacks murdered more than 100,000 Jews, because the local Polish nobleman had flogged his infant son to death. Similar events occurred in Germany every time the locals decided that the Jews were enjoying life as part of the middle class. In 1894, the French people convicted Alfred Dreyfus, because he was a Jew, and in WWII, the Vichy French(and Charles DeGaulle) also suffered from a severe case of Judeophobia. In such a poisoned atmosphere, did it matter if only 49% or Europeans admitted to their hatred of Jews? Oh, I forgot to mention that during the Jewish uprising in the Warsaw ghetto, in 1943, the Jews got no help from the Polish underground.

      • Le Fox

        “They murdered more than 100,000 Jews” – the actual number can’t be said, but it’s a tenth of that. The Commonwealth along lost 4 million people. The Cossacks were their own people, and murdered anyone they wished – Jewish, Christian, or Muslim. Plus, they were fighting the Polish Commonwealth – so why wouldn’t he take action if a Polish man flogged his son?

        See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khmelnytsky_Uprising#Jewish

        The Dreyfus Affair was based on the fact that they thought he was a spy – and that he was selling secrets to the Germans, who the French hated. Yes, there was a debate about anti-Semitism, but they reinstated his honour, so clearly, they did have respect for him and Dreyfus earned it.

        You do remember that Christians have been persecuted as well?

        • defcon 4

          I seem to remember a French Catholic priest who died in a concentration camp for harboring Jewish children at his Catholic school. A famous French film maker (Louis Mal?) made a film about it.

      • Not a Neo-Con

        The concept of ‘majority’ is pretty simple, >50%. Blithely condemning >50% of NAZI occupied Europeans as supporters of Hitler and the NAZIs is no little thing. Such sweeping accusations are contrary to fact and logic, no matter what your feelings about Europeans.

        The rest of your comment is a perfectly valid, and woefully incomplete, litany of historical European anti-semitism. No matter how many were killed, Pole and Jew alike, in the Ukrainian uprising, (coming at the tail end of the Thirty Years War which itself claimed a third of the population of Germany, some seven million souls) however, has no bearing on whether a majority of Europeans in the NAZI occupied nations supported Hitler, nearly three centuries later.

      • defcon 4

        If they “supported” Hitler then why did France, the UK and Poland go to war with him?

    • laura r

      the US supported hitler too. dont forget the bush family involvement. hitler was also “man of the year” he ws on the cover of time mag. nothings changed

      • Moishea1

        Laura , G WH Bush was a pilot as a young man in the US Navy . His plane was shot down in the Pacific .
        You must mean the Kennedy family . The Kennedy father was a smuggler and a friend of Hitler . Big Jew hater .

        • laura r

          no, look it up. the bush family did business w/hitler. i dont forget those things. im sure kennedy as well, not surprised.

          • defcon 4

            Did they do business w/Hitler? Or Nazi Germany? The Grand Mufti did business w/Hitler, do you have any proof ANY of the Bushs ever even met Hitler?

      • Not a Neo-Con

        The U.S. did not support Hitler. The NAZI party in the U.S. never numbered more than 400,000 members. 80%+ of Americans were against U.S. entry into the European and Asian wars before Pearl Harbor, but not because they supported Hitler. FDR who was elected President 4 times (three of them before U.S. entry into WWII) waged an undeclared war against the German UBoats in the North Atlantic and openly favored the Allies over the Germans and was re-elected with very healthy majorities.

        I really hate defending the Bushes, but they did not support Hitler, ever.

        All sorts of people that the editors and readers of ‘Time’ despise have been named ‘Man of the Year’ by Time Magazine, including Ronald Reagan.

        • defcon 4

          Let’s also remember FDR wasn’t supplying the UK w/lend-lease destroyers and other supplies because he supported Hitler.

  • Silver Garcia

    The Germans and Austrians and MILLIONS OF EUROPEANS ESPECIALLY THE BRITISH ELITES, loved Hitler, his speeches, the architecture of Albert Speer and his Judenhass. How much Hitler was adored by the east end Brits, many of whom were later killed by Germany’s bombs, is debatable. It is due to their Jew hate that Muslims are in Europe and the USA,Canada and Australia, etc.. But European Jew hate is passed down from father and mother. Europe has everything but gold,silver and reserves of gas, despite mucho North Sea oil. Very soon Israel will be self sufficient due to its discovered oil and gas reserves in the Med. The Euro elites know it and their govt reps are going to Israel to sign treaties and cultural deals. Israel should tell them the facts of life: bend over and pay us in gold or silver or high tech patents or obtain your gas from Russia or freeze. Keep your worthless euros.

    Harper praises Israel but he promised 65 million to the Arab Muslims in their war against Israel.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM
    • Bring back the empire

      This makes no sense. The East enders hated Jews? There was a lot of Russian Jews who had migrated to the East End in the 1880s onwards. Due to the east enders hatred of Jews muslims ended up in Australia? no we can thank some soft liberal named Fraser for that one. They isn’t much anti Semitism only from European leftist elites who blame Israel for a cold breakfast, however there is a Europhobic and Anglophobic streak running through some Jews these days who seem to forget the enormous sacrifices the americans and british people did to defeat Hitler.

    • defcon 4

      WRT your last sentence did Harper actually say anything like that? If he did, he’s sick in the head.

  • TL2014

    Caroline: European antisemitism is rooted in the ubiquity of Islam on that continent as well as, frankly, in the presence of unconscionable behavior by self-hating JINOs, who instigate and cultivate many of these initiatives and actions. Sorry, but there is no room for Jewish existence in Europe today, and the Jews who choose to remain there have themselves to blame.

  • Wolfthatknowsall

    People in power … or those who wish to be in power … speak in code. This is a well-known phenomenon. For example, when Mr. Obama speaks about “income inequality”, what he really means is “support socialism!”.

    Hit!er made a speech in which he spoke movingly about the poor, during the Depression, and especially about the elderly. He decried the sight of old people in long lines at pawn shops trying the sell the precious treasures collected in their lifetimes. Tears came to his eyes as he spoke of this. And then, after a long pause, he gathered himself and shouted at the top of his prodigious voice, “NO MORE PAWN SHOPS!”

    With a primal roar, the audience screamed their approval. They knew the unwritten code of “pawn shops”, and they instinctively knew what Hit!er intended.

    Europe is not now, and never will be, a safe haven for Jews.

  • UCSPanther

    What I think has been happening for the past few decades, is that much of the detail surrounding ALL the horrifying crimes against humanity that occurred in the time period surrounding WWII has been largely forgotten, except by students of history. (That includes the Holocaust, the Holodomor, Katyn Forest, Unit 731 (This one in particular was the stuff of nightmares), the Rape/Massacre of Nanking and the various genocidal rampages in Eastern Europe committed by the fascist Croatian Ustasha and Romanian Iron Guard).

    Without the proper understanding of history, events like International Holocaust Remembrance Day are reduced to no more than a token holidays where 98% of people hardly have a clue about the reason behind the day.
    In a time of ignorance about history, it has created a vacuum that is eagerly being filled by revisionist history, and in turn, is allowing the return of the same attitudes that enabled the whole disaster of WWII to begin with.

    • Habbgun

      Unfortunately you are probably wrong. Think about Cambodia, nobody does, think about the Lebanese Christians who were ethnically cleansed from Lebanon (and they were ethnically cleansed only they didn’t have that acknowledged) and nobody does. Think about any mass tragedy and not just what happens to the Jews and education doesn’t work. What does work with killers? Only self defense.

      We need to see Europe as a morally failed continent. The reaction to the Holocaust was that Europeans saw they were in danger of just that and knew that no one would want to do business with a morally bad society. So they cleaned up their act a bit and bided their time. Not being fooled by civilized looking posturing or phony intellectualism (a European and Europhilic American specialty) is the best way to prevent antisemitism or any anti anything.

      • tickletik

        Maybe we should take what you said a little further. You’re right, ethnic cleansing and genocide happens regularly and it seems the “powers that be” clearly don’t give the slightest bit of a damn. And even when they do intervene (such as Serbia) it turns out to be a fabrication (the Serbs never engaged in ethnic cleansing, the whole thing was a lie).

        So the lesson I take is this – be a nation. Be armed. Always try to live well with your neighbors, and always be ready to put an SOB in the ground.

        • defcon 4

          One of the Syrian Jews who I met at my ACT for America chapter meeting stated something to the effect of: “the only Arab you can trust is the one that’s 6 feet underground.” They were the only people I can remember who repudiated the “most muslimes are good people” meme that my ACT for America chapter always plugs.

  • rsilverm

    One of your best articles. Thank you.

  • wileyvet

    Europe is infested with more Muslims than there are Jews in the world, yet where is the anti-Arabism. Jews have always been a soft target, because they know Jews are a civilised people, and won’t rampage through the streets killing and setting fires. I have hoped that at some point the Islamification of Europe would drive home the point of what Israel has had to endure surrounded by a barbarous people. Alas no.

    • tickletik

      I am happy with the situation. Let the Jews take a lesson and leave! What are we doing there? Don’t we have our own country? Our own culture? Our own land? Our own destiny? Why do we turn our genius and heart to foreign lands? Let us build up our own civilization and be a real light to the nations! Those who would be our friends, will always be welcome, and those would not, are welcome to live in their self-made Muslim hell!

    • SirMe

      Thats the reason why the Jews faced the holocaust, they just didnt fight back.

      • defcon 4

        The Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto did.

  • Lanna

    People will never forget what happened under the Nazis, the same evil is rearing its ugly head again too against the Jews!

  • clavant

    Jews can no longer ensure “never again” merely by stamping out instances of anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli sentiment. Not even moving every Jew in the world to Israel would be enough. Israel relies for much of her security upon America and some other nations where far right Christianity has been gaining followers and power by stealth.

    Widespread Christian irrationality kept at fever pitch in the name of Messiah frequently results in an extremely unhealthy climate for nonMessianic Jews. The far right Christian movement is already “global,” “enormous and growing,” obsessed with Israel, obsessed with “a great transference of wealth from the ‘ungodly to the godly,’” and obsessed with precipitating the Great Tribulation in order to speed up Jesus’ return to Israel.

    Preventing that extremist movement from ultimately precipitating another Holocaust would require Jews to work even harder than now to help maintain healthy schools for all kids, and critical thinking in those schools; and to help maintain democracy, economic justice, and social justice (including voting rights) for all citizens in the US and beyond. Otherwise, nonMessianic Jews could within a few years lose “everything,” including their lives and the nation of Israel. See one description of the movement at “IHOP and the End of the World (part 2),” by Fred Clark, January 28, 2014. Also, see at Right Wing Watch, “The 2014 Election Sees The Return Of United In Purpose;” and see “Partners” at United In Purpose.

    • Le Fox

      “The far right Christian movement is global” – Not really. Besides, those are some pretty far-fetched claims. If you swap Christians with Jews, you’d have the same argument from the paranoid far-right wingers.

      But widespread Christian irrationality? I can’t see it. It’s already multi-cultural, so I can’t see it moving from the godly to ungodly as it’s already collapsing on itself. I guess you could say it’s irrational in that sense, but as for right-winged Christianity, it’ll never happen.

      • clavant

        The far right Christian movement is global. Trinity Broadcasting network, founded by Paul Crouch, Jan Crouch, Jim Bakker, and Tammy Bakker in 1973, has since spread far right “Christianity” around the world; and, under that influence, churches preaching those things have been planted around the world. According to the web site, the network has now grown to 70 satellites and 12,500 affiliates, reaching nearly 100,000,000 households globally. The New Apostolic Reformation’s extreme views are being preached worldwide by their “modern-day apostles and prophets” over TBN. As I said in my original post, “the far right Christian movement is ‘global,’ ‘enormous and growing,’ obsessed with Israel, obsessed with ‘a great transference of wealth’ from the ungodly (others) to the godly (them), and obsessed with precipitating the Great Tribulation in order to speed up Jesus’ return to Israel.”

        • defcon 4

          The “far right Christian movement is global”. Trinity Broadcasting network doesn’t even extend to the entire USA, so your proof is bogus. BTW, what exactly qualifies them as “far right”? I’d like to hear about why I should fear “far right Christians” as opposed to say islam0fascists?

    • Painted Horse

      I’ve read most of your comments history and I think you’re full of crap.

    • UCSPanther

      In case you haven’t noticed, much of the most intense antisemitism these days comes from the Islamic world, and the Soviets were known for their hostility towards the Jews as well.

    • defcon 4

      Are you suggesting that the Holocaust was a Christian phenomenon? Over a million Christians died fighting the Nazis — incl. my great uncle. How many Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Zoroastrians or Muslims (cough) died fighting the Nazis as opposed to for them?

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        “Are you suggesting that the Holocaust was a Christian phenomenon?”

        The Holocaust was a direct descendant of the Inquisition, Crusades, Pogroms, gentlemanly anti-semitiism.

        What were the Germans, Croats, Ukrainians, French, Italians, Norwegians?

        • defcon 4

          Over a million Christians died fighting the Nazis. If they supported the Holocaust then why did they fight at all? Why did Patton et. al. make liberation of the concentration camps a priority once they broke the back of the Wehrmacht? Why was there debate about whether or not to bomb concentration camps instead of military targets?

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Poles were killing Jews in 1946 – after the end of WW2.

        God Bless Pope John the XXIII.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_John_XXIII

      • clavant

        “clavant, are you suggesting that the Holocaust was a Christian phenomenon?”

        The Holocaust was not per se a “Christian” phenomenon. Hitler’s parents are said to have been Christian. If so, he learned the Christian imagery as he grew up, and he instinctively knew how to put it together with national and other imagery to inspire the masses to follow him.

        Online, at Spotlight Ministries, is a paper entitled “Responding to the False Claim that Hitler and the Nazis were Christians.” Within the paper is a quote from Aristotle. As you read it, think about Hitler. “A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.” (Aristotle).

        Now see the online excerpt of an article written in 2004 by Katherine Yurica, “How the Dominionists Are Succeeding in Their Quest for National Control and World Power.” The article quotes a number of statements made in what has been dubbed, “Paul Weyrich’s Teaching Manual.” Until Weyrich passed away in 2008, Conservative leaders considered Weyrich to be the “most powerful man in American politics today.” Here is one of his statements: “We need more people with fire in the belly, and we need a message that attracts those kinds of people.. We must reframe this struggle as a moral struggle, as a transcendent struggle, as a struggle between good and evil. And we must be prepared to explain why this is so. We must provide the evidence needed to prove this using images and simple terms..”

        Back to Israel and Jews – John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel, has stated that God had sent Adolph Hitler to hunt the Jews, chase them from Europe, and drive them to Palestine. (Hagee failed to explain why Hitler also had the mentally ill and the physically handicapped killed; and Gypsies, Poles, Russians and disloyal Germans sent to death camps and killed.) Mike Bickel, head of The International House of Prayer in the US – a ministry within the New Apostolic Reformation – predicted in 2011 that in the near future Jews who refuse to convert to Christianity and move to Israel will be pursued by “hunters” sent by God and can expect to be thrown into “prison camps” and “death camps.” Hagee’s and Bickel’s followers would classify that behavior by the two of them as “Christian.” So will most of the Jews who they convert “in the name of Jesus.”

        • defcon 4

          But would any of the founders of Christianity agree w/hagee and Bickel? Is there anything in the N.T. supporting their unique brand of insanity?

    • LaValette Conservative

      Democrats Cultivate Fear, Anti-Evangelical Hostility, To Drive Jewish Vote

      DNC talking points for the past two generations. Evil Christians blah blah blah. Forced conversions blah blah blah. Howard Dean or Debbie Wasserman-Schultz it is the same schtick.

      Below is a picture of an Evil RIght Wing Christian upon the occasion of her visiting Israel. Her evil demand of the Israelis was the answer to the question ‘Why do you keep apologizing to the Muslims all the time?’

      By contrast Barack Obama demands Israel trust her fate to the tender mercies of the Iranian Ayatollahs, and the Wahabiist death cult.

  • Le Fox

    “Europeans use the focus on the Holocaust to pretend that European anti-Semitism began with the Nazis’ rise to power in 1933 and ended with their defeat 12 years later. In truth, the Nazis’ rise to power was a natural consequence of 1,600 years of European Jew hatred.” – Well that’s not blaming Europeans for everything. Christians as much as Jews suffered, especially under Constantine.

    “From the time of Roman Emperor Constantine, persecution, expulsion and massacre of Jews was the norm, not the exception, in European life.” – That’s still a little bit overboard. Like I said, Christians as well as Jews suffered.

    “In Europe, and increasingly in Europhilic sectors of American society, anti-Semitism is not combated or even seriously studied because most Europeans and their American admirers don’t have a problem with anti-Semitism.” – Maybe you should talk with the liberals. Then again this seems to be a “blame Europeans for everything” mantra.

    “Whereas they enthusiastically condemn their colonialist past, which was far shorter and less violent than their Jew hatred, they shrug their shoulders, turn a blind eye, or condone continued assaults on Jews.” – And here we go again with the white guilt. There are quite a few people who would say that colonialism was worse than anti-Semitism. If you’re wondering why there is a rise of anti-Semitism among Europeans, it would have to be arguments like this: “It’s your fault, your fault, your fault and you must pay” schlick. Plus I don’t really think this is remotely factual, because this sounds as magical as the slavery bit. Has it ever occurred that America or Europe is becoming more anti-Semitic because of immigration from Third World countries who have never experienced Jews?

    “In truth, the Nazis’ rise to power was a natural consequence of 1,600 years of European Jew hatred.” – There’s actually no explicit reason for WHY the Nazis rose to power. You’re forgetting that they hated the Russians and the Slavs more than the Jews, as evidenced by their particular brutality towards them. I wouldn’t say it was exactly a result of Jew-hatred, but some of the far-rightists say that it was because of Communism, which they believed was Jewish. If you’re going to go after those sorts of people, then by all means, go ahead, because they’re too insane for me. Or people like Kevin MacDonald, who believes that Communism and other Jewish parties were a means of getting revenge against Gentiles.

    Yes, Europe has a brutal history, but anti-Semitism wasn’t limited there. By far they were treated the best in Europe; one need only look at the Rothschilds. I wouldn’t call the Jews so innocent, but not so guilty either.

    “In this rancid environment, rather than serving to combat Jew hatred, International Holocaust Remembrance Day inadvertently enables it. By bowing their heads in honor of dead Jews for five minutes every January 27, the Europeans get to pretend that the Holocaust was exogenous, as opposed to organic to, and still very much a part of European civilization.” – If Hitler had his way he would have killed all the Slavs, who were just as alien to Europeans as Jews. I wouldn’t exactly say it was “organic” to European civilization, because it implies that all Western civilization is good for is genocide, and nothing else, and that no one else does it. The Nazi thing is still widely misunderstood, and no I’m not supporting it. It’s a unique psychological phenomenon, and with Europe all liberal and feeling the white guilt, I guess you /could/ make the case that it is more anti-Semitic than ever with who it allows in its borders. But dismissing all of Europeans and European civilization is a low-blow, if you ask me. This is quite an emotional article and seems more to spike anti-European sentiments rather than make reconciliation with the Jews.

    These are just my quips. Overall, the point was lost in the article.

  • Melissa

    Frankly, I’ve never heard Caroline speak like an uber Leftist until now. “Europhillic?” WTH is that about? I am Europhillic AND Jewish. I, like all Ashkenazi Jews, have European blood running through my veins. “Anti-Semitic?” Nearly every Ashkenazi Jew is no longer a Semitic person. Ever heard of “marrying out?” We’ve done that for thousands of years now in Europe!

    Read this Caroline…

    Finally, a One-State Solution is not and never will be a solution. It would be a demographic nightmare and would end Israel as a Jewish State.

    You have stunned me Caroline! What next, Hitler was a Christian?

    • Dyer’s Eve

      I just read the article of the link you posted. Very interesting. Thanks.

  • Gunny L.

    I think this remembrance is important, but I also think that most of the world has been desensitized into not caring. Great article.

  • Maynard

    As a non-Jewish American I think that antisemitism is caused by jealousy. What I know of Jews is that you are more family oriented, better educated, you have more doctors, more scientists, your tech advances are way ahead of the rest of the world.

  • Nick

    Get used to it honey…The world is waking up and you darling Jews will face another backlash. No one buys the holohoax tale anymore. It’s past time for all Jews to face the music for all of their horrible crimes against humanity. Wake up and smell the Jew, world!!!