|Tuesday, October 30, 2007
|Originally published by Israel
National News, Oct 26, 2007 at
Original Divestment Campaign
| November 9 and 10, 1938, Kristallnacht, the Night of
Broken Glass, was when the Nazis broke the windows of Jewish stores and burned
them to the ground along with Torah scrolls and other Jewish books. The day is
also remembered as the beginning of the Holocaust, but it did not start that
Prior to Kristallnacht, Jewish stores had to be clearly marked as
such in order to facilitate the Nazi boycott against Jews, which started in
April of 1933. Jewish businesses are being tracked on the Internet today with
the specific intent of facilitating the Arab boycott of Israel. The only
difference between the boycotts of the two eras is that today Jewish businesses
are being identified and targeted for boycotts globally, using the Internet as
opposed to spray paint, and instead of public book burnings, we see global
academic boycotts to silence Jewish thought.
The Internet is not only
used to identify which products are made in Israel, but also to track companies
that do business with or in Israel, as well as individual corporate executives
who support or donate to projects in Israel. To complicate matters, some
boycotters have created fake advertisements and false stories claiming certain
businesses are anti-Semitic when the fact is that the company and its ownership
are actually pro-Israel - all in an effort to get Jews not to buy from
companies that are actually pro-Israel in order to have Jews ironically boycott
their own friends.
Then there are the social enforcements of the
boycott. In some circles, it has become fashionable to boycott Israel, as
resolutions to that effect have passed in grocery stores, schools and churches.
The Arab boycott of Israel is also being expanded to a general boycott of
Jewish interests, both in Israel and around the world. We also see "political
correctness" enter into the Arab boycott of Israel, by virtue of renaming their
boycott a "divestment campaign," which sounds much better to some (despite
"divestment" being a synonym for "boycott").
When some political
commentators refer to Middle-Eastern terrorists as "Islamofascist Nazis," they
are more right than most people realize. The fact is that today's Islamists are
on the same path as the Nazis by pushing the Arab boycott of Israel globally.
In both eras, people have been recruited to join the boycott under the guise of
helping humanity. On campuses today, there are two primary categories of
individuals who are recruited to assist in the divest-from-Israel campaigns -
Marxists and peaceniks. The Marxists are rebels looking for a cause and the
peaceniks are willing to believe almost anything that promises peace, in this
case, economic warfare, which is what boycotts and divestment campaigns are.
In the mean time, terrorism and divestment both persist. Just as
Germans stood by while their own neighbors and countrymen joined the Nazi
boycott of Jews, many Americans are standing by today as their fellow Americans
adopt the propaganda of Arabs who recruit others to their hate campaigns under
the guise of peace. But hate can never bring peace.
Just as Joseph
Goebbels led the Nazi propaganda machine against Jews, we see the same thing in
the Arab League, which was created specifically to facilitate the Arab boycott
of Israel. To encourage the acceptance of anti-Israel propaganda into the US
culture, Arab League leaders have made major donations to universities after
the hosting of divest-from-Israel conferences. Goebbels would have also been
proud to see that, just as the Nazis used untermenschen or "sub-human" to
describe Jews, in order to self-justify their own hate, Islamists refer to
"Zionists," because they too do not want to even acknowledge the existence of
Jews. Your tuition dollars are hard at work.
While some may not want to
conclude that the Nazi propaganda machine has been reincarnated among
Islamists, they forget that many high-ranking Nazis escaped Allied justice
after World War II into Arab territories, many of whom became advisors to the
newly forming Arab governments throughout the Middle East. As such, the Nazi
influence in the Arab world should not be a surprise.
The boycott of
Jewish interests started in 1921 and Hitler showed the world how far it could
be taken. Now, the Arab world is implementing the same policies using parallel
methodologies; only the technologies have changed. The goal of the Arab boycott
is to destroy Israel economically, eventually morphing their boycott into a
campaign of dismantlement of Israel and to turn the Middle East Judenrein, or
Jew-free. It is a goal that was previously downplayed by Arabs, but is now
clearly being voiced by divest-from-Israel advocates.
One could also
argue that the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center were the American
Kristallnacht. In both eras, people stood by in hopes things would get better
on their own, which did not happen then and is not happening now. There needs
to be a concerted effort by the moral peoples of the world to expose and stop
the modern Nazi economic attacks on Jews worldwide. The words "Never Again"
need to be said proudly, firmly, often and, most importantly, with strong