It is a shame that the memory of those who suffered the horrors of the Holocaust, those murdered, those worked to death, those starved, those who survived, and those who saw, that so many use the Holocaust to justify their political goals. The Palestinians did not perpetrate the Holocaust, nor have they 'paid for it.' The Holocaust created a situation which accelerated the influx of Jews into Palestine, and added an emotional impetus which created world-wide support for the creation of Israel. The Holocaust exists as a historic event, a caution to the world of the price of racism, hatred and totalitarian government. It is, however, abused when used to justify anything about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Holocaust does not oppress Palestinians, nor does it justify oppressing Palestinians. The Holocaust does not justify the occupation it did not cause. The Holocaust is, perhaps most misused, by those who wave it as a bloody flag to justify anything they wish to do.
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from the article: An Open Letter to Archbishop Desmond Tutu