posted on Jun, 16 2013 @ 01:25 AM
Discussing the Holocaust in relation to Israel, Palestine, and the whole Middle East is like trying to discuss what happen in Roswell in 1947!
It's a poisoned well filled with emotions that still run so high, that little meaningful dialogue is likely to emerge. As someone who lost a lot of
family in the Holocaust (although I never knew them not being born yet), I understand why emotions run so high - OK, well then every person who lost
family in the period up to and including WW2 should have an understanding of what Palestinians feel when they discuss the 'Nakba', and not have the
state of Israel tell Palestinians they are not permitted to feel upset at their dispossession.
As an Ashkenazism Jew, I recognise that this same group is the dominant one in Israeli affairs. A bunch of Jews of Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, and
American heritage decide the fate of this tiny tiny bit of land, in the geographical and political centre between East and West, Occidental and
I have a good friend who fought for the PLO in the Lebanese Civil War (a very unlikely friendship between a Muslim Arab, and a non-practising Jew) and
we are both of the belief that there will never be peace in the region until there is equality for all in Israel. This means a One-State Solution,
with representation for all citizens, not the current mish-mash of hypocrisy in which every time Israel is criticised they pull out either the
anti-semite card, or the Holocaust card, or for special occasions, they use both. No more partitioning of the land with privileged roads for some, and
a passport system eerily similar to that of Apartheid South Africa.
The Iranian Jews consider themselves Persians as well as Jews. They are a recognised religion and have a representative in the Iranian government.
They don't want to go to Israel as they are Persians, with a good standard of living. Yes, they live in a religious theocracy, but they should have
the same rights as any other Iranian citizen. Iranian people in general hate the religious laws and the 'morality police'. They are a fierce and
independant people, and they are Persian (of which they are very proud). Why would the Jews of Iran want to leave one theocracy, just to jump into
another one (albeit, with a more Western flavour)?