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ABC, tell us why...
By Ramzy Baroud, Washington
|The next morning following the Israeli
invasion of Lebanon in 1982, members of the powerful Israeli lobby, AIPAC
showered congressmen with pictorial books about the Holocaust as they were
on their way to an urgent session.
But why would the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
justify Israel's deadly invasion of Lebanon which caused the death of tens
of thousands by stressing the suffering of the Jews in a completely
different political setting and historical era?
The answer to such a question is evident, as the goal has always been to
manipulate the suffering of the Jews to justify the killing of
Palestinians. Unfortunately, such a practice has proven fruitful.
It may be difficult to understand, as Arabs are neither German nor Nazi.
Moreover, the political scenario is entirely different as Israel has been
the one playing the Nazi role, Israeli leaders as Hitler, and Palestinians
as the victims of Hitler. The answer is perplexing. For decades Israel has
succeeded, through the use of the western media, in presenting itself to
the world as the victim, not the aggressor, and it's
"unfriendly" Arab neighbors are similar to the Jews'
"unfriendly" European neighbors in the past. It might be
shocking to learn that Palestinians make the parallel between Nazi
practices and Israel almost every day, in their chants, in the graffiti on
their walls, in their media ..
That parallel was not an intellectual transgression in history, but a very
well founded argument, as the Jewish racial supremacy which the
"Jewish State" manifests is not much different from the purity
of the Arian race Hitler once offered. In fact, Zionism, the ideology on
which Israel was founded was recognized by the United Nations as a racist
philosophy until United States' pressure managed to remove the indicting
In the same manner, AIPAC used it's Holocaust argument in the past to
justify Israel's genocide of Palestinians, Lebanese and Arabs throughout
the years, American media is currently intensifying it's propaganda war.
"The Holocaust Industry" has been in full use by the American
television network. ABC in recent days aired the movie "Anne
Frank" which narrates the story of a Jewish girl who hides with her
family for over two years in German-occupied Amsterdam, hoping to flee the
The tragic story ends with Anne's death after contracting a fatal disease
weeks before the concentration camps, which hosted millions of people
throughout Europe, were dismantled.
But why Anne Frank now, in a time when Israel is slaughtering Palestinians
every day using American-made hi-tech weapons and F-16 warplanes?
On a political level, one can conclude that international condemnation of
Israel's "war crimes" against Palestinians is an increasingly
worrisome notion that is quickly eroding the myth that Israel is the
victim (although it obtains nuclear weapons) and Palestinians are the
oppressors (although they rely mainly on rock throwing in their
Israel has already crossed every boundary that distinguishes a peaceful
person from a cruel and barbaric criminal. The real tragedy is seeing ABC,
a presumably respected American broadcasting company taking part in this
Anne Frank or any other child in this world, whether Jew or non-Jew
deserves to be remembered for the suffering he or she has endured. But
commemorating Anne Frank who died from typhus 60 years ago and failing to
acknowledge the pain of Palestinian children who were murdered in cold
blood by Israeli soldiers in the last few months is the real cruelty,
needless to say hypocrisy.
According to unconfirmed stories, Anne Frank's family hid for two years to
escape the Nazi's punishment. But confirmed reports tell us that 2 million
Palestinians have been living like hostages under Israel's military siege
for eight months, and off-and-on for 34 years. Where are ABC's talented
directors, actors and million dollar productions to depict the Palestinian
suffering which takes place every other day?
Meanwhile, a 13-year-old Palestinian girl from the village of Dora, near
Hebron was arrested by Israeli forces on 28 February, 2001. Human rights
reports say that Sana' Amr is being held in the worst conditions and is
being treated very poorly while interrogated in her cell. Israel so far
has failed to file any charges against the child, whose family knows
nothing of her fate.
Would ABC, which persistently points at Palestinians as an equal partner
in the ongoing violence report about Sana'? Will the Palestinian child's
family be interviewed? Or will her diary be reviewed for a possible story
for a future movie?
Inserting more and more Holocaust stories and documentaries throughout the
American media while using words such as "terrorists" " and
"mobs" to describe Palestinian youth, will not excuse the
massacres committed against Palestinians by those who claim to be the
descendants of Holocaust survivors.
Sharon's practices are much closer to Hitler's than Palestinian leaders
can ever be. Moreover, Anne Frank is a story that Palestinians experience
day and night. Palestinian children are killed while sleeping amongst
their families and in their parents arms. 4-month-old Palestinian infant
Iman Hejjo's body was shattered during the shelling of Khan Yunis refugee
camp in Gaza days before Anne Frank movie was aired.
Failing to acknowledge such well reported facts and reaching for a
60-year-old diary of a Jewish girl at such a time is suspicious and a poor
attempt to cleanse Israel's sins.
Many open-minded and courageous people are increasingly coming to the
realization that racism and hatred are two main factors that Nazis and
Zionists have in common.
But when will the US media ever wake up to see Hitler's eyes glowing in
Sharon's face? Will Americans ever see the legacy of the Nazis carried out
in Israel's concentration camps, and Israel's murder and expulsion of
Palestinians? Why do most of us already know who Anne Frank is, but almost
none of us know of Sana' Amr? Maybe ABC can tell us why.