The flawed logic of Holocaust deniers and hateful strategies

Some Jew-haters pretend to support the Palestinian cause, and use such support to attract other Palestine supporters to their hateful agenda.  To all such people, I say:  Take a hike; the Palestinian people neither need nor seek your support.  We can do just fine without your hate; thanks, but no thanks!

Those people’s flawed logic assumes that since Jews were the principal beneficiaries from the Zionist experiment in Palestine – that resulted in An-Nakba (the catastrophe) for the Palestinian people – it therefore makes Jews (all Jews) enemies of the Palestinians.  Their logic further assumes that since they hate Jews and since Jews must be enemies of the Palestinians because they benefited from An-Nakba, that should make the Palestinians agree on promoting the haters’ objective; i.e. to label all Jews as evil.

Furthermore, since their flawed logic concludes that all Jews are evil, then Jews must also be liars.  That flawed logic extends the lying characteristic from individual Jews to all Jewish groups and organizations, including Zionist organizations.  And since Zionist organizations use the Holocaust to explain, defend, and justify actions and policies of the state of Israel – no matter how unjust such actions and policies might be to Palestinians – it would be, the flawed logic continues, in the best interest of the Palestinian people to deny the Holocaust; in order to disarm Zionists from a very effective weapon in defending and “justifying” acts of injustice, discrimination, racism, ethnic cleansing, dispossession, oppression, occupation, and persecution that are perpetrated by the state of Israel on a daily basis for more than seven decades against the Palestinian people.

Indeed, some Palestinians and Palestine supporters have been sympathetic to that flawed logic.  What they did not realize is the fact that they have fallen right into the hands of the very people they wish to expose by denying the Holocaust ever happened.  Facing the overwhelming evidence of Jewish persecution in Europe, some accept that Jewish suffering did occur, but they question the number of six million Jews having perished at the hands of the Nazis.  Many Palestinians and Palestine supporters either deny the Holocaust outright or question the accuracy of stories of Jewish suffering that when assembled together define the Holocaust tragedy.  Either way, their objective is obvious.

The truth is that the Holocaust is a historic fact representing a dark chapter of European history.  While the Holocaust motivated millions of Jews to seek a safe haven in Palestine, it is not a liability to the Palestinian people.  To the contrary, it can be one of the Palestinian assets, as the Palestinian people assert their equal humanity to that of the Jews and everyone else on the planet Earth.  Accepting the historic truth of the Holocaust tragedy is among the best approaches to close the gap of mistrust between the Palestinian people and their Israeli oppressors, as Palestinians struggle to convince their oppressors of the equal humanity of both peoples.  The fact that the Palestinian people had absolutely nothing to do with the Holocaust makes Palestinian suffering at the hands of its victims a by-product of that human tragedy; the Holocaust was among the principal factors that facilitated bringing An-Nakba to Palestine.

Wasting so much energy on denying the Holocaust, and then offering an argument that the perpetrators of that human tragedy should pay the price for their crime – not the Palestinian people – is logically flawed and is, at best, confusing.  Arguing that the Palestinian people should not be made to pay for the crime of the Holocaust can only be logical after accepting the historic fact of that human tragedy.  Indeed, that is the proper approach to bringing the Holocaust into the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; i.e. first, accepting it as a historic fact and second, advocating that Palestinians should not be penalized for the crime of others.

Support to the Palestinian cause is not welcome if it is motivated by a hateful agenda towards the Jews.  It is only welcome when it is based on supporting the principle of common humanity and justice for all.  Hating Israeli Jews for what their successive governments, their political parties, and the founders of their state have done, and are still doing, to the Palestinian people is the easy way out; but it is also the wrong way that will perpetuate the conflict.  Believing in equal humanity for all and working hard on convincing Israeli Jews of the common humanity of Jews and Palestinians will have a better chance of success in ending the conflict.  Resigning to feelings of hate might represent some expedient way to serve another agenda that would be morally and ethically harmful to the Palestinian cause; both in the short-term and long-term.  Palestinians have lost all material things; their land, their homes, their farms, their schools, their neighbourhoods, their villages, their towns, their businesses, their cultural centres, their livelihoods, etc.  The things to which Palestinians continue to hold on for dear life are the things that no power on earth can take away from them; their dignity, their memories, their honour, their faith, their morals, their ethics, their values, and their humanity.

Hating Jews for their Jewishness does not make the hater a friend of the Palestinians.  Supporters of the Palestinian cause are our friend when they adhere to our values of honesty, fairness, justice, truth, and equal humanity for all.  For their hate, haters should seek some professional help; not turn our just cause into a tool to spread their hateful agenda.

When justice eventually prevails – and it will – the Palestinian people will look back on these decades of being dispossessed, oppressed, occupied, and persecuted with sorrow but also with pride.  They will evaluate themselves, their behaviour, and their value systems.  Palestinians do not want to feel guilty; they do not want to search for excuses and justifications of allying themselves with hateful forces for expediency; they do not want to be ashamed of their history; Palestinians want to feel proud, just, and human.

Monzer Zimmo

Cairo, Egypt

Hope is the stuff from which life is made!

About Alcanaanite

Monzer Zimmo, a Palestinian-Canadian living and working in Ottawa, Canada. Monzer is an advocate of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the peaceful creation of a bi-national-democratic state on all the territory of historic Palestine, where Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others live together as equal citizens; be and feel safe, secure, and at home.
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