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‘Never Again for Anyone’: the Latest Anti-Semitic Campaign

Fueled by propaganda, the campus push is pernicious, contagious, and wrong.

by
Clemens Heni

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February 24, 2011 - 12:00 am
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Consider the thoughts of Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg, from Edison, New Jersey. Speaking to this author, he said: “No Holocaust survivor should ever turn against their own people or the state of Israel.”

Rosenberg was born to Holocaust survivors in Germany and came to the U.S. soon after. He has of late faced anti-Semitic attacks in New Jersey. In October 2010 he invited me to speak at his synagogue, where we discussed with members of his congregation how to defeat Holocaust obfuscation and the distortion of history.

Lying about history, when not distorting history, is exactly what Epstein and Meyer are doing. They know that not a single child or adult has been gassed in the Gaza Strip by the Israelis. Nonetheless, Meyer equates his survival with the fact that someone in the Gaza Strip lived through “Operation Cast Lead.” This anti-Zionism, which has nothing to do with free speech or the First Amendment, echoes everything glib and fraudulent about neo-Nazi, leftist, Islamist, and mainstream European propaganda against the Jewish state of Israel.

As Vladimir Jankélévitch — French philosopher, Holocaust survivor, and résistance fighter — analyzed as early as 1971, comparing Israel with Nazi Germany involves at least two forms of anti-Semitism:

1)    An obfuscation of the Holocaust, as a form of “soft” Holocaust denial;

2)    A defamation of the only democracy in the Middle East, the Jewish state of Israel.

The ugly campaign carrying on by the name of “Never Again for Anyone” has to stop immediately. It defiles the truth about the Shoah and spreads anti-Semitic propaganda on campus, around the American nation, and in Canada.

Public debates are a cornerstone of democracy. Equating Auschwitz with the Gaza Strip, as Hajo Meyer has done, has nothing to do with democracy, debate, or free speech. The organizers of the Rutgers event excluded some 400 pro-Israel and Jewish protesters from the event.

Rather than a standard of justice, a vicious double standard has been set up and propagated by credulous and weak liberal university campuses.

Author Hannah Sternberg put the Rutgers event and the entire campaign in a nutshell: “‘Never Again for Anyone’ is not about peace. It is about annihilation.” Now — not later, when it is all too late — we must seize the moment to combat this anti-Semitic campaign.

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In 2008-2009, Clemens Heni was a post-doctoral researcher at Yale University. He is a political scientist, the founder of the Berlin International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (BICSA), and a publisher (Edition Critic). In August 2011 he will publish “Schadenfreude: Islamic Studies and Antisemitism in Germany after 9/11” (in German).
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