Ayelet & Heinrich: Ideological Soul Mates

A time honoured tactic of the Zionist lobby has been to smear as anti-Semitic those with genuine concerns about the brutal Israeli treatment of the Palestinians. What it seems to find particularly excruciating are comparisons drawn between the Zionists and the Nazis, dismissing the flagging up of such similarities as the work of Jew haters. The response to Roger Waters of Pink Floyd for highlighting these parallels prompted raucous outrage. What Waters said seemed reasonable enough and exceedingly mild by comparison with the hate discourse emanating from some Israeli politicians:
the right wing rabbinate … believe that everybody that is not a Jew is only on earth to serve them and they believe that the Indigenous people of the region that they kicked off the land in 1948 and have continued to kick off the land ever since are sub-human. The parallels with what went on in the 30’s in Germany are so crushingly obvious …

The Zionist lobby is cognizant of the latitude Israel has accumulated over the decades as having its roots in widespread international revulsion at how the Jews of Europe were made the target of exterminationist policies during the reign of the Nazis. For strategic purposes, the manipulation of the cultural memory of the Holocaust ensures that the horrendous event might function as a present blessing rather than a past blight. For Israel it is the hard currency that purchases international acquiescence in its expansionist ambitions: the goose that both lays the golden eggs of legitimation and licenses aggression.

Israel, often erroneously and unconsciously seen as indivisible from Jewishness, would see the go-easy reservoir substantially drained if those who have helped fill it - out of human empathy rather than strategic considerations - were to conclude that there is no difference worth contemplating between the eliminationist cultures of Zionism and Nazism. A public diminution in the moral power of Jewish victimhood would enhance the real “strategic threat” to Israel identified in 2012 by former IDF Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin: ‘the threat to our legitimacy in the world and the attempt to turn us into a pariah state.'

So for Israel it becomes a matter of necessity to keep the discursive distance between itself and Nazi Germany as wide as possible. The Zionist lobby must scream ‘Achtung! Criticism is verboten’. Critical discourse must be silenced, its authors ritually smeared as anti-Semites. 

Yet the strategic smearing is being upended with hard hitting commentary that draws on the discourse of Israeli political figures to underscore the point that accusations of Israel being Nazi-like in its supremacism are not anti- Semitic rants but are in fact substantiated by the strident voices of Israel. 

A most recent example is to be found in the criticism made by the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who claimed ‘Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism.' He had likened Israeli MP Ayelet Shaked to Adolf Hitler after she had approvingly posted a hate crime quote on her Facebook wall.
Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.

Shaked added

They have to die and their houses should be demolished so that they cannot bear any more terrorists … They are all our enemies and their blood should be on our hands. This also applies to the mothers of the dead terrorists.

For taking issue with this Nazi-like sentiment the Turkish Prime Minister was dismissed by Netanyahu as being the author of ‘anti-Semitic statements, they have an anti-Semitic tone.'

If Shaked bears no resemblance to Nazism then neither does Bitch of Buchenwald, Ilse Koch. There may well be other regimes in history that we can compare such sentiment to, but to claim that Nazi Germany is not amongst their number is a fallacy as great as Himmler the Humanitarian.


  1. Yes indeed a superb post and I find a common thread running through the discourse that comes from the spokespersons from the Israelis, the Brits and Americans the home grown eejits in the quisling $inn £eind and their cronies in the dup and that is anyone of a dissenting or divergent opinion has to be anti whatever either Zionist peace process etc,they pretend to be wholesome clean and democratic,and like the king and his new clothes cant see just how much they have in common with the nazis when their actions and words are laid bare ,the world can see the brutality and devastation that the Americans and brits have foisted upon the middle east,the genocide in Palestine is the stuff of nightmares ,the homegrown bully boys in norn iorn run the show aided and abetted by the british government and their lackey counterparts in the southern part of this illegaly divided nation .and yet they condemn Hitler but as the Americans and the Israelis have shown they are not adverse to using the tactics of the nazis and if truth be told they have exceeded the brutality of the nazis,it seems might is not only right and dont dare question it, .

  2. Zionists have made their case perfectly clear, they are going to murder every Palestinian they can. Since 1948 they have displaced millions, murdered god knows how many, stolen their land, created the world's biggest concentration camp. Without being melodramatic this is final solution stuff, they have the Palestinians surrounded and are proceeding to eliminate them day by day, week by week, year by year.
    There is no negotiations, only a pretext for slaughter. The options are simple, either actively support Palestinian resistance or watch it's demise, there is no middle ground.

  3. When I first saw her "snakes" comments It reminded me in tone and content of Gaddaffis "rats" speech. The one that the west used as a pretext for his removal, as it was genocidal.
    At the very least it smacks of hubris.