Jewish World Review July 16, 2014 / 18 Tammuz, 5774
Attacking Israel with the big lie
By Jonah Goldberg
"Here's the difference between us," Israeli Prime Minister
It's a classic talking point. It's also objectively true, and that truth is very frustrating for
All one needs to do is delve into the muck of Twitter and read the timelines for such hashtags as #GazaUnderAttack and #GenocideInGaza: "They're killing the women and children to ensure there won't be a new generation of Palestine." "One Holocaust can NEVER justify another."
And let's not even talk about the globally trending hashtag #HitlerWasRight.
Of course it's not just on Twitter.
This too is basically a talking point -- and a very old one. But this one is plainly a lie.
If the Israelis are, or have ever been, interested in genocide, they are utterly incompetent at it. As slanders go, it's almost funny, like the old paranoid delusion that
On the one hand, the Israeli military is supposed to be ruthlessly competent and determined to wipe out the Palestinians. On the other, the Palestinian population has grown more than 100 percent since 1970. The population in the
It's just a hunch, but if the Israelis wanted to wipe out as many Palestinians as possible, never mind commit genocide, they probably wouldn't issue warnings to Gazans (by phone and leaflet) to get out of harm's way. Nor would
One perverse complaint, often subtly echoed in the mainstream media, is that it is somehow unfair that Israelis are not dying, so far, from
Of course, not being as bad as the Nazis is a very low bar. And the fact that
It's a moral scandal that it's even necessary to bring up this inconvenient truth. But it is necessary because even many of the people who would never say "Hitler was right" have nonetheless internalized another lesson from the Nazis. It was Joseph Goebbels who said, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."
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