Anti-Israeli Graffiti Spraypainted in the Warsaw Ghetto

He went on to accuse Israel’s public of apathy and said "we will do everything to wake it up, even spray graffiti on an abandoned ghetto wall. It may be difficult for Israelis to hear these things but that is no reason not to say them. No one is saying Israelis are Nazis. The message is that people are imprisoned in a ghetto, and a ghetto can take different shape -- and this is something that cannot be."

Wake up the public with a proverbial bucket of ice water he and his cohorts did, indeed. Even the farthest left protestors, columnists, and pro-peace advocates I know clucked proverbial, collective tongues and chastised the disgraceful act in social media arenas.

Shapira and company’s intention was to influence young people and express views, he said publicly. “I am ... thinking about the delegations of young Israelis that are coming to see the history of our people but also are subjected to militaristic and nationalistic brainwashing on a daily basis. Maybe if they see what we wrote here today they will remember that oppression is oppression, occupation is occupation and crimes against humanity are crimes against humanity, whether they have been committed here in Warsaw or in Gaza."

Maybe. Or perhaps they’ll perceive it as the act it was: skewed, twisted, and completely inappropriate, carried out by persons who have lost sight of the context of their mission.

The spokesperson of Yad Vashem, which describes itself as a "Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority," issued a highly apt statement summing up the incident: "Yad Vashem is repulsed by Yonatan Shapira’s actions and statements. ... We see in his actions a provocation that perverts the history both of the Holocaust and of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. These actions, tainted with anti-Semitism, point to a person who has lost all factual and moral judgment. The use of the Holocaust in the way that Shapira has chosen to do so is a crass manipulation that warps the historical truth."