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Hamas Oct. 7 Atrocity

Hamas Oct. 7 Atrocity frames the essence of this post. The rise of antisemitism across the world in the guise of anti-Zionist sentiment is a cause for concern among Jews in the diaspora as well as in Israel itself. Follow the logic and just maybe you’ll understand our concern as a Jewish American in these times of conspiracies and discounted truth. First a few appropriate Shoah quotes.


“Today, I think that if for no other reason than that an Auschwitz existed, no one in our age should speak of Providence.”

Primo Levi

“The bottom line, as Raul Hilberg put it, was that most people thought that, even if Jews shouldn’t be killed, they weren’t worth saving.”

Victoria J. Barnett

“The Holocaust happened because of the constructed belief in one untrue conspiracy theory, and the denial of its genocide afterward came from the creation and propagation of another.”  

Stewart Stafford

“Maybe there is still some hope. If man is indeed made in the image of God, as I believed in the pre-Auschwitz days, maybe there are still some godly sparks left in men and some humanity in God.”

Margaret Schwartz


Introduction

Hamas Oct. 7 Atrocity

Hamas Oct. 7 Atrocity not only stirred up a violent, justified response from the Israeli Defense Force, it also renewed vicious forms of antisemitism around the world. In this post, I focus not so much on the Israeli response but on the worldwide spike in antisemitic thought, speech, and actions worldwide.

In the aftermath of Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel, claims drawing parallels with the Holocaust have sparked controversy. As Holocaust scholars, we find ourselves compelled to reconsider our stance on Holocaust analogies. The events surrounding Oct. 7 force us to delve into the complexities of the comparison, acknowledging both the sensitivities and the unsettling echoes of history.


Hamas Oct. 7 Atrocity: Israeli Identity and the Holocaust

Israeli national identity intertwines deeply with Holocaust memory, shaping how the nation perceives its past and current threats. The Holocaust’s specter, echoing in historical events, has fueled an inseparable link between Israel’s vulnerability and the diaspora Jewish past. This connection, a poignant prism through which Israelis view their world, has become a guiding force in Israeli politics, foreign policy, and public discourse.


The Trauma of Oct. 7

Contrary to our skepticism about Holocaust comparisons, the Oct. 7 massacres forced us to reevaluate. Israelis, submerged in Holocaust postmemory, weren’t merely expressing an emotional connection; they were articulating a profound and logical link to the Holocaust. The trauma of Oct. 7 transcends default associations, revealing a deeper connection that goes beyond emotional responses.


Hamas Oct. 7 Atrocity: Parallels to the Shoah Unveiled

Ideology and Identification

  • Like the Nazis, Hamas seeks the destruction of Jews, not just Israelis. Their objective mirrors a chilling determination for annihilation, as reiterated in Hamas officials’ promises to repeat Oct. 7 until Israel is no more. The parallel ideology raises questions about the continuities in the face of evolving geopolitical landscapes.

Indoctrination

  • Both Nazi Germany and Hamas deploy antisemitism as a core element of their ideologies. The indoctrination, targeting young minds, serves to dehumanize Jews, illustrating a shared methodology. This disturbing parallel underscores the lasting impact of hate-fueled education on shaping the actions of both regimes.

Methods of Killing and Survival

  • The horrors of Oct. 7 draw parallels to Nazi brutality, including the cruel humiliation of victims. Survivors’ testimonies expose torture, rape, and a sadistic relish in the atrocities, reminiscent of the Nazi era. The haunting similarities in methods beg the question of historical echoes and the psychological impact on victims and their descendants.

Using Jews in the Killing Process

  • Echoing dark chapters from World War II, Hamas terrorists coerced a hostage to collaborate in luring neighbors outside before murdering him – a haunting reminder of “choiceless choices.” This tactic raises ethical questions about the moral boundaries terrorists are willing to cross in their pursuit of violence.

Hamas Oct. 7 Atrocity: Acknowledging Differences

Oct. 7 is not the Holocaust, and labeling Hamas as the “new Nazis” risks oversimplification. However, recognizing their eliminationist antisemitism demands a departure from accommodating the pre-Oct. 7 status quo. It necessitates a nuanced approach to assessing the evolving threats and the responses required to safeguard Israel’s security.


Unveiling Evil

Despite the discomfort, confronting the shocking reality of Oct. 7 is essential to understanding the motivations of perpetrators and the responses of victims and survivors. The examination of these unsettling parallels is not an attempt to diminish the uniqueness of the Holocaust but rather an acknowledgment that history’s lessons must inform contemporary actions.


Hamas Oct. 7 Atrocity: A Call for Vigilance

In recognizing the deliberate analogies drawn by Israelis to Oct. 7, we must consider the urgency of a vigilant approach. The traumatic nature of Oct. 7 serves as a stark reminder that, despite the natural inclination to turn away from such horrors, confronting them head-on is indispensable in comprehending the motivations behind the atrocities.


Conclusion

As Holocaust scholars, our analysis aims not to trivialize the Holocaust but to shed light on the complexities of contemporary challenges. By unveiling these parallels, we emphasize the need for a vigilant and informed approach to safeguarding human dignity and preventing history from repeating its darkest chapters. In embracing a “never again” stance, Israel must navigate the delicate balance of learning from history while recognizing its unique position in the world.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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