The Holocaust of WWII was propably the decisive factor that led to the creation of the State of Israel. Holocaust denial is indeed a refusal to face historical facts. For Jewish Israelis the Holocaust is of central importance, underlining the justness of the creation of Israel. Likewise for Palestinians anywhere in this world the Nakba of 1948 is of central importance. How can Israel be just, worthy of recognition, they argue, if it refuses to face the expulsions and dispossession of 1948. The denial is everywhere: in the school curricula, on maps, in the signs that mark places, on this forum. Israel's aspiring to justness will always be found wanting, unless it tackles the big taboos of 1948 and before. Honorable Israelis like the people in Zochrot, lead the way. Recognition of the Palestinian Nakba is the key to true reconciliation.
2 Turkish security personnel killed, 24 wounded by Kurdish suicide bomb in eastern Turkey (Reuters)
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