Circulated by email during Holocaust Remembrance Week, 2009
In MEMORIAM – 63 YEARS LATER
Please read the little cartoon carefully; it’s powerful. Then read the comments at the end.
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Now, more than ever, with Iraq , Iran , and others, claiming the Holocaust to be ‘a myth,’ it’s imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.
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Someone recently passed along a provocative cartoon and interpretation, and it is appropriate to remember the Jewish Holocaust. However by not mentioning the related Palestinian Nakba, not quite a holocaust but certainly a catastrophe (the meaning of the Arabic word) I feel that In Memoriam—63 Years Later, and any who circulate it as is perpetuate an erroneous message.
During the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, some 750,000 Palestinians (Arabs as they were then widely known and as many Israeli Jews to this day insist on calling them) fled their homes, usually driven out by the Israeli army (as extensively documented by Ilan Pappe in The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, also by numerous other authors based on newly released official documents). Many Palestinians with their descendents continue to live, often in horrid conditions, in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring Arab countries. Their suffering continues, yet the world barely notices.
I suspect many elder Palestinians could show the equivalent of tattooed numbers on their arms: the key many Palestinians treasure indicates a hope to eventually return to their homes or home regions, a right guaranteed by United Nations resolutions and international law.
Better: In Memoriam—63 Years Later, two peoples both suffering, both treated unjustly. Remember, never again, hold accountable, and apply international law to correct the injustice.
“Yad Vashem (Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority) fires employee who compared Holocaust to Nakba.”
By Yoav Stern