Damning Truthtelling about Israel?

7 05 2016

History in retrospect can be so damning when it becomes so politically incorrect in the new realities.  Take for instance daring recent truth-tellings from both the former Mayor of London and one of Israel’s top Generals.

“Let’s remember, when Hitler won his election in 1932 his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel.  He was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews….  The creation of the state of Israel was a great catastrophe.  We should have absorbed the post World War II Jewish refugees in Britain and America. They could all have been resettled, whereas 70 years later, the situation is still very tense…” 

That from Ken Livingston, the former Mayor of London, this week.   True, Livingston should have remembered it was Palestine, not Israel, back then.  People who are going to make statements many will find startling and questionable should make sure to get all their checkable references right.

And that brings us to the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army, Major-General Yair Golan, speaking a few days ago on Holocaust Remembrance Day:

“It’s scary to see horrifying developments that took place in Europe begin to unfold here/  The Holocaust should bring us to ponder our public lives and, furthermore, it must lead anyone who is capable of taking public responsibility to do.  Because if there is one thing that is scary in remembering the Holocaust, it is noticing horrific processes which developed in Europe – particularly in Germany – 70, 80 and 90 years ago, and finding remnants of that here among us in the year 2016.”

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Yair has since back-tracked trying to save his career, but his references along with when and why they were made, are hard to disavow. Livingston has stood his ground and because of the power Israeli/Jewish lobby in the UK been expelled from his long-time Labour Party.