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    • Dr. Science
    • 01.04.12 | 15:14 (IDT)

    "Under no circumstances do she and her colleagues wish to get dragged into discussing the question of how much Israelis know about the Nakba. " The Holocaust hasn't just been used as a "justification of the establishment of the state of Israel" but as a cudgel to silence any mention of the historic and continuing crimes that entailed. So long as the Holocaust is used, as it has been, to justify the Nakba and to silence critics of Israel's ongoing treatment of the Palestinians, Revcolevschi's is an unreasonable expectation. An approach that would be more intellectually honest, and therefore more effective, would be to "teach the controversy," acknowledge how the pimping of the Holocaust has fueled denialism and insist that Jews, Arabs and Muslims learn the truth of both the Holocaust and the Nakba and understand what is and what is not comparable in these experiences of systematic racist violence. The problem is that too many Jews are just as unwilling to do that as Arabs and Muslims are to read the Diary of Anne Frank. The result is an impotent effort that serves mainly to convince its organizers that Arabs and Muslims are irretrievably anti-Semitic and does little to actually fulfill its mission. When the price of discussion of one great crime is silence on another, people of integrity will refuse to participate.

    from the article: How do you say ‘Holocaust’ in Arabic?
    First published 14:11 30.03.12 | Last updated 14:11 30.03.12
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