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The Holocaust did not begin in the gas chambers – it began with words

 

On this United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day, words may ease the pain, but they may also dwarf the tragedy. For the Holocaust is uniquely evil in its genocidal singularity, where biology was inescapably destiny, a war against the Jews in which, as Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel put it, “not all victims were Jews, but all Jews were victims.”

This year, in the immediate aftermath of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the international Magna Carta of human rights born out of the ashes of the Holocaust, and the Genocide Convention – the “Never Again” Convention which has tragically been violated again and again – we should ask ourselves: What have we learned, and what must we do?

Lesson 1 – THE IMPORTANCE OF HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE

The first lesson is the importance of remembrance itself. For as we remember the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust – first defamed, demonized and dehumanized, as prologue or justification for genocide, then murdered – we have to understand that the mass murder of millions is not a matter of abstract statistics. For unto each person there is a name – unto each person there is an identity. Each person is a universe. As both the Talmud and Koran teach us, whoever saves a single life, it is as if he or she has saved an entire universe – just as whoever has killed a single person, it is as if they have destroyed an entire universe. And so the abiding imperative: that we are each, wherever we are, the guarantors of each other’s destiny.

Lesson 2 – THE DANGER OF STATE-SANCTIONED INCITEMENT TO HATRED AND GENOCIDE: THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PREVENT IT

The enduring lesson of the Holocaust and the genocides that followed is that they occurred not simply because of the machinery of death, but because of a state-sanctioned ideology of hate. This teaching of contempt, this demonizing of the other – this is where it all begins. As the Canadian Supreme Court recognized, in words echoed by the international criminal tribunals in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the Holocaust did not begin in the gas chambers – it began with words. These, as the courts put it, are the chilling facts of history. These are the catastrophic effects of racism.

Sixty years later, these lessons not only remained unlearned, but the tragedies have been repeated. For we were all bystanders during a growing state-sponsored hate in the Balkans, Rwanda and Darfur that took us down the road to genocide.

At present, we are witnessing yet another state-sanctioned incitement to hate and genocide, whose epicentre is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Iran – denying the Nazi Holocaust as it incites to a Middle Eastern one.

This constitutes a direct violation of the overriding prohibition in international law against the direct and public incitement to genocide, and a clear legal trigger for the international community to intervene in fulfilment of its obligation to prevent genocide, as established in the Genocide Convention.

As one involved as Minister of Justice in Canada in the prosecution of Rwandan incitement, I can state that the aggregate of precursors of incitement in the Iranian case are more threatening than were those in the Rwandan one.

Lesson 3 – THE DANGERS OF SILENCE, THE CONSEQUENCES OF INDIFFERENCE: THE DUTY TO PROTECT

Indeed, the genocide of European Jewry succeeded not only because of a culture of hate and an industry of death, but because of crimes of indifference and conspiracies of silence. And we have witnessed an appalling indifference and inaction in our own day which took us down the road to the unthinkable – ethnic cleansing in the Balkans – and down the road to the unspeakable – the preventable genocides in Rwanda and Darfur. No one can say that we did not know. We knew, but we did not act in Rwanda, just as we know and do not act in Darfur, ignoring thereby the lessons of history, betraying the people of Darfur, and mocking the Responsibility to Protect doctrine.

And so, it is our responsibility to break down these walls of indifference, to shatter these conspiracies of silence – to stand up and be counted and not look around to see who else is standing before we make a decision to do so; because in the world in which we live, there are few enough people prepared to stand, let alone be counted. Indifference always means coming down on the side of the victimizer, never on the side of the victim.

Let there be no mistake about it: indifference in the face of evil is acquiescence with evil itself – it is complicity with evil.

Lesson 4 – COMBATING MASS ATROCITY AND THE CULTURE OF IMPUNITY: THE RESPONSIBILITY TO BRING WAR CRIMINALS TO JUSTICE

If the last century – symbolized by the Holocaust – was the age of atrocity, it was also the age of impunity. Few of the perpetrators were brought to justice; and so, just as there must be no sanctuary for hate, no refuge for bigotry, there must be no base or sanctuary for these enemies of humankind. In this context, the establishment of the International Criminal Court must be seen as the most dramatic development in international criminal law since Nuremberg. But it requires active support to prevent it from being another opportunity for impunity.

One need look no further than the case of Ahmed Haroun, the Sudanese Minister of the Interior indicted for his direct role in the war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated in Darfur, who was then cynically rewarded for this indictment by being appointed Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs and made responsible for hearing the human rights complaints from the very victims he had assaulted.

LESSON 5 – THE TRAHISON DES CLERCS

Nazism succeeded, not only because of the “bureaucratization of genocide,” as Robert Lifton put it, but because of the trahison des clercs – the complicity of the elites: physicians, church leaders, judges, lawyers, engineers, architects, educators and the like. As Elie Wiesel put it: “Cold-blooded murder and culture did not exclude each other. If the Holocaust proved anything, it is that a person can both love poems and kill children.”

Those of us to who have been entrusted with the education and training of the elites should ensure that Elie Wiesel is studied in schools of law and not just in classes of literature; and that the double entendre of Nuremberg – of Nuremberg racism as well as the Nuremberg Principles – is as much a part of our learning as it is a part of our legacy.

CONCLUSION

We should reaffirm today that never again will we be indifferent to racism and hate; that never again will we be silent in the face of evil; that never again will we ignore the plight of the vulnerable; that never again will we acquiesce in the face of mass atrocity and impunity. We will speak and we will act against racism, against hate, against anti-Semitism, against mass atrocity, against injustice – and against the crime whose name we should shudder even to mention: genocide.

May this day be not only an act of remembrance, which it is, but a reminder to act, which it must be.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?apage=2&cid=1232643755764&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

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Endnu en gang media-bias fra Berlingske.

En artikel fra Berlingske Tidende “Nu dør børn af ueksploderede granater” bringer en samtale med en “Dansk Læge” fra Gaza. Han siger blandt andet:

»Det var en mor, der holdt sine tre små børn i favnen, og de var alle smeltet sammen. Så tænker man, at mennesker, der gør sådan noget må være vanvittige,«

http://www.berlingske.dk/article/20090123/verden/711140035/

Lægen som hedder Bakhtyar Baram, er til daglig overlæge for ortopædkirurgisk afdeling på Slagelse Hospital. Han meldte sig som frivillig og drog til Gaza på en fribillet fra en tyrkisk organisation EHH (som Jeg ikke lige kan finde).

Jeg kunne dog finde en artikel fra 2007 hvor Bakhtyar Baram udtaler sig:

” Bakhtyar Baram er overlæge på Slagelse Sygehus og ejer af et hus, som han har været nødt til at finansiere i udlandet for at overholde Koranens ord.

»Jeg har rigtig mange venner og kolleger, der vil være langt mere trygge, hvis de kan finansiere deres bolig på islamisk vis her i Danmark. Jeg er sikker på, at det her vil styrke integrationen, hvis herboende muslimer får bedre muligheder for at komme ind på det danske boligmarked,« siger Bakhtyar Baram.

http://www.business.dk/article/20070621/finans/106220942/

Hvorledes han kan holde sig objektivt som læge i Gaza er hermed besvaret.

Mens vi venter på Obamas næste hatte-trick..

..Så har jeg lige noget jeg vil sige. 🙂

Jeg undrer mig om det kun er MIG og en håndfuld andre bloggere (worldwide) som går op i mediernes konstante forvrængning af virkeligheden. Journalister som rapporterer fra nært og fjernt efter flere års uddannelse, formår ikke at bringe det på banen som får frit løb i blogsfæren. Jeg er hverken journalist , forfatter, skribent eller noget i den dur og indrømmer blankt at det er mange år siden jeg skrev min sidste stil.

 Jeg er bare een af mange som er træt af tavsheden i de Danske medier. Træt af at ingen nævner den store lyserøde elefant i rummet. Når man så endelig hentyder til at der faktisk står en stor elefant i rummet- som fks Adam Holm, så lyder der rama skrig! En politibetjent siger ordet “perker” eller “perle” eller “perk”- til en dansk-palæstinenser under en anti-israelsk demo (hvor størstedelen af protest-råbene lyder “ned med Israel, ned med jøder” osv) og det skaber store overskrifter.

Selvfølgelig er det ikke OK at blive kaldt perker eller andet som er nedladende- men hvor er det store billede? Hvordan kan man skabe så megen hysteri over sådan en ting- en vigtig ting JA, men samtidigt undlade at oplyse offentligheden om andre lignende episoder – som indeholder heilen, dødstrusler mod jøder et cetera.

Ingen tvivl om at man for længst har korsfæstet objektiviteten i de danske medier- men hvornår ser vi dog den forbandede genopstandelse?

Nå- men “in other news”, Rahm Emanuel- Obamas chief of staff er omtalt i en artikel i Berlingske idag.

Der er ingen tvivl om at “scoopet” er Rahm Emmanuels jødedom og israelske far. Uha Uha- Først en “Bulldozer” a.ka. Ariel Sharon og nu en “Rahmbo” eller “pitbull”. Tja- ikke nogle pudler her- og med god grund.

http://www.berlingske.dk/article/20090123/detnyeusa/701230111/

Obama vil åbne grænserne fra Gaza..

…og hjerteligt tillykke til terroristerne.

“Obama understregede, at efter 22 dages israelsk militæroffensiv i Gaza, er det vigtigt, at nødhjælp »når frem til uskyldige palæstinensere, der er afhængige af det«.

http://politiken.dk/udland/valgiusa/article634930.ece

Der bliver desuden åbnet for udenlandske journalister ind til Gaza idag, så starter propaganda maskinen igen. Lad os alle bede til at der ind i mellem befinder sig honest reporter.

Hykleri i Holland!

http://politiken.dk/udland/article633435.ece

Hmm- tænker i hvad Jeg tænker?

Nu holder Enhedslisten altså kæft!

Vi har hørt forslaget før , men nu vil man IGEN ha at Israels Plads inde i København skal deles op (til grænserne fra 67?) og hedde både Israels Plads og Palæstinas Plads. Endnu et eksempel på den dybe jalousi som ligger dybt inde hos så mange.

Er der dog ikke en ANDEN plads i HELE københavn som kunne hedde Palæstinas Plads. Hvad med Sankt Hans Torv? Eller Christiansborg Slotsplads….hmm..hvad med Rådhuspladsen? (De er jo ret glade for den plads). Fint nok hvis de skal have en plads- men jeg kan IKKE forstå hvorfor i alverden Enhedslisten skal til at pille ved Israels Plads – med mindre det blot er ren provokation.

Israel har åbenbart også “okkuperet” Israels Plads og har besat den store del af indre København. Det er ikke nok med at Israelerne har trukket sig fra Nørrebro-striben. Hvad bliver det næste. “BEFRI ISRAELS PLADS”!

Enhedslisten nu må i fandme holde jeres kæft! I skaber jo ikke andet end ballade.

http://politiken.dk/politik/article633176.ece

»Oven på alle de uhyrlige ting vi har været vidne til, mener jeg, det er på tide at vise, at der også er plads til palæstinenserne. Ud over det vil have en værdifuld symbolsk betydning, er det også en oplagt lejlighed nu, hvor de er i gang med at renovere pladsen,« siger Fathi El-Abded

http://24.dk/article.jsp?articleId=4076

Israelsk frugt er gået undercover i supermarkederne i Sverige.

Ifølge en artikel i dagens Berlingske- er Israelsk frugt blevet solgt som spansk frugt- sikkert til stor vrede for Boycot Israel aktivister. Tænk at de måske har sat tænderne i en saftig avocado fra Israel uden at vide det!

Til gengæld kan jeg sige at jeg også synes det er sørgeligt at de er blevet solgt som spanske osv. for jeg ville nok bare gå forbi dem.

FYI så sælger superbrugsen de mest fantastiske økologiske dadler fra Israel denne uge. Det stod mellem en kasse med Iranske klistrede papkasse dadler til en 20ér, eller Israels smukke lækre dadler til 27 kr. Ja- jeg købte selvfølgelig de Israelske. 🙂

http://www.berlingske.dk/article/20090120/verden/901200319/