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August 12, 2006

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By Alan Dershowitz

The uniqueness of the Holocaust was not the Nazi’s determination to kill the Jews of Germany and even of neighboring Poland. Other genocides, such as those by the Cambodians and the Turks, sought to rid particular areas of so called undesirables by killing them. The utter uniqueness of the Holocaust was the Nazi plan to “ingather” all the Jews of the world to the death camp and end the Jewish “race” forever.

It almost succeeded. The Nazis ingathered tens of
thousands of Jews (including babies, women, the
elderly) from far flung corners of the world–from the
Island of Rhodes from Salonika and from other obscure
locations–in order to gas them at Auschwitz and at
other death camps.

The official leader of the Palestinian Muslims, Haj
Amin al-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem,
collaborated in the Nazi genocide, declaring that he
sought to “solve the problems of the Jewish element in
Palestine and other Arab countries” by employing “the
same method” being used “in the Axis countries”.
Husseini, who spent the war years in Berlin and was
later declared a Nazi war criminal at Nuremberg, wrote
the following in his memoirs:

Our fundamental condition for cooperating with Germany
was a free hand to eradicate every last Jew from
Palestine and the Arab world. I asked Hitler for an
explicit undertaking to allow us to solve the Jewish
problem in a manner befitting our national and racial
aspirations and according to the scientific methods
innovated by Germany in the handling of its Jews. The
answer I got was: “The Jews are yours.”

Husseini planned a death camp for Jews modeled on
Auschwitz, to be located in Nablus. He broadcast on
Nazi Radio, calling for genocide against all the
world’s Jews: “kill the Jews wherever you find
them–this pleases God, history, and religion.”
Professor Edward Said has acknowledged that this Nazi
collaborator and genocidal anti-Semite “represented
the Palestinian Arab consensus” and was “the voice of
the Palestinian people.” Yasser Arafat referred to
Husseini as “our hero.”

Never before or since in world history has a
tyrannical regime sought to murder all of the members
of a particular racial, religious, ethnic or cultural
group, regardless of where they live–not until now.
Hezbollah’s aim is not to “end the occupation of
Palestine,” or even to “liberate all of Palestine.”
Its goal is to kill the world’s Jews. Listen to the
words of its leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah: “If Jews
all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of
going after them worldwide.” (NY Times, May 23, 2004,
p. 15, section 2, column 1.) Nasrallah is one of the
most admired men in the Muslim and Arab world today.
Hitler made similar threats in Mein Kampf but they
were largely ignored. Nasrallah has a reputation for
keeping his promises.

His genocidal goals–to kill all Jews–were proven by
two recent statements. He has warned the Arabs and
Muslims to leave Haifa so that his rockets can kill
only Jews. And he apologized for causing the deaths of
three Israeli-Arabs in Nazareth, when a Katuysha
struck that religiously mixed Israeli city. Hezbollah
also worked hand-in-hand with Argentine neo-Nazis to
blow up a Jewish community center, murdering dozens of

Nasrallah is a modern day Hitler, who currently lacks
the capacity to carry out his genocide. But he is an
ally of Iran, which will soon have the capacity to
kill Israeli’s five million Jews. Listen to what the
former President of Iran has said about how Iran would
use its nuclear weapons:

Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former president of Iran, has
threatened Israel with nuclear destruction, boasting
that an attack would kill as many as five million
Jews. Rafsanjani estimated that even if Israel
retaliated by dropping its own nuclear bombs, Iran
would probably lose only fifteen million people, which
he said would be a small “sacrifice” from among the
billion Muslims in the world.

Now listen to the current President of Iran, Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad, who denies the Nazi Holocaust, but calls
for a modern Holocaust that would “wipe Israel off the

Despite these anti-Semitic and genocidal threats, some
of the hard left admire Nasrallah and his bigoted
organization, as well as Iran and its anti-Semitic
president. Others do not seem to take his threats

For example, the notorious Jewish anti-Semite Norman
Finkelstein has said, “looking back my chief regret is
that I wasn’t even more forceful in publicly defending
Hezbollah against terrorist intimidation and attack.”

Finkelstein’s hatred of Jews runs so deep that he has
actually implied that his own mother, who survived the
Nazi Holocaust, may have collaborated with the Nazis.
If so collaboration with evil seems to run in the
family, because Finkelstein has clearly become a
collaborator with Hezbollah anti-Semitism and Nazism.
Finkelstein’s website is filled with Hezbollah
promotion, including breathless reprints of Nasrallah
speeches. Noam Chomsky, who works closely with
Finkelstein, has said of Finkelstein that he is “a
person who can speak with more authority and insight
on these topics [Israel and anti-Semitism] than anyone
I can think of.”

The Iran-Hezbollah axis is the greatest threat to
world peace, to Jewish survival, to western values,
and to civilization. Those like Finkelstein, who
support Hezbollah, and even those who refuse to fight
against this evil, are on the wrong side of history.
They are collaborators with Islamo-fascists–today’s
version of Nazism.

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