"..And I HATE ISRAELIS BEHAVING LIKE
by William M. Hoffman
A close Jewish friend of mine ended her e-mail to me like that. This set off
a nuclear reaction in my brain which ended up making me want to examine up
close why so many people all over the world are libeling us in this
Let us seriously examine the notion for a moment.
we think of Nazi behavior, what usually comes to mind is primarily
mass murder. The question that comes to my rational mind is
in fact the Israelis in fact have committed mass murder? For
where is the Israeli version of Auschwitz? Where are the mobile
units, the Israeli version of Babi Yar. Even the most heinous
accusation that was bruited, namely the supposed massacre at
turned out to be untrue, according to the UN investigation, which
excoriated the Hamas for using civilian women and children as
Other examples of Nazi behavior might be an Israeli version of
starving of Arab people or depriving them of education, whereas it
well known that the Arab citizens of Israeli are better fed and better
educated than anywhere else in the Middle East.
This accusation against Israel, which is commonly translated into
"Zionism = Nazism", claims that Israel and the Jews are racist. But
fact Israel is one of the most multiracial societies in the world with
its population ranging from the blondest of blond Ashkenazic Jews
the blackest of black Jews from Ethiopia and Yemen, including
Iranian, Iraqi, Moroccan, Indian, Latino, and even Chinese origin.
in reality the accusation turns out to be that the Jews of Israel
discriminate against non-Jews, but does this alledged bias amount to
racist behavior? It certainly is true that Israel intends to remain a
Jewish homeland and that many Jews are not fond of Arabs after
of Arab terrorism, but is the Israeli attitude racist or simply
nationalistic or chauvinistic at its worst? Where is the racism?
Where is the Nazism?
I am led to conclude the accusation of racism is made to escalate the stakes
astronomically, for racism is universally considered far more evil than nationalism. While I can
certainly understand that Arabs harbor deep resentments against
The accusation that Israelis are like the Nazis has no basis in fact.
now that the allegation is absurd, I ask what is its purpose? The answer is simple: to delegitimize the existence of
Israel. If Israelis are Nazis they and their state do not deserve to
live. The accusation makes the murder of Jews of Israel (and
elsewhere) a positive and imperative and heroic action. Which
civilized person wants to see a revival of Nazism?
Where does the accusation originate historically? Tracing it back
the source, I believe it introduced by the Nazi advisors who left
Germany after World War II and ended up in Egypt and worked for
President Nasser (who later made his peace with Israel). Other
Germans mass murderers like the infamous butcher Alois Brunner
up in Damascus where he remains a great friend of the Syrian
this day. The Nazi religion of hate emanating from the Third Reich
infected many Arabs of Palestine including their leader the Grand
Mufti of Jerusalem, who was a frequent guest of Hitler, and has
influenced the leadership of the intifada to the present day.
The lie that Israel behaves like Nazi Germany is presently
financed by Saudi oil money. The fact that some sensible and
sceptical American Jewish people like my friend and many
into this obscene bullshit shows me that money can influence even the most
educated. I now understand viscerally how the Nazis were able
to make REAL mass murder possible: through the same application of the big
lie that the Palestinians and the Saudis and the Taliban are presently using
so successfully using right now: the Israelis are inhuman brutes,
therefore they must be eradicated.
I would urge you to examine your beliefs and fight against the real
Nazis. I understand how terrifying it is to acknowledge that vast
numbers of people hate us Jews. It is much easier to blame those
damned Israeli Nazis.
William M. Hoffman, the author of this piece
is an American playwright. His play "As Is," presented on Broadway, was one
of the first works on the AIDS epidemic. He also wrote the libretto to "The
Ghosts of Versailles," which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
He is cofounder of Reunion, a pro-Israel information group in New York City.
from the September 2002 Edition of the Jewish Magazine