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More left-wing abuse of the Holocaust – Jewish Journal

Last week, President Donald Trumps press secretary, Sean Spicer, was widely accused by Jews and non-Jews on the left of engaging in Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism when he drew a comparison between Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and Adolf Hitler. The comparison involved Assads use of chemical weapons to kill and terrorize his own citizens. As there is no lie more heinous than Holocaust denial, this is quite a charge. If true, it would signal an unprecedented moral collapse at the highest levels of American government.

But Sean Spicer never denied the Holocaust.

As professor Alan Dershowitz, a lifelong Democrat, Hillary Clinton supporter and liberal (though not leftist) activist wrote: It never occurred to me that Spicers misstatements were motivated by anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial or an intent to slur the Jewish people. Nor do I believe that those who have accused him of such evil motivations actually believe it. They deliberately attributed an evil motive to him in order to pander to Jewish listeners. That offends me more than anything Spicer did.

Dershowitz is right: the only thing worse than Holocaust denial is falsely accusing someone of engaging in it.

Yet, that is what many on the Jewish and non-Jewish left (but when it comes to the Holocaust, its the Jews who matter the most) are guilty of. Accusing a non-Jew of engaging in Holocaust denial is the moral equivalent of the medieval Blood Libel against Jews (the accusation that a Jew killed a Christian child to use the childs blood to bake matzo for Passover).

Most public figures know that it usually is a bad idea to invoke Nazism or Hitler to make a political point. But Spicer did invoke Hitler, and though he immediately explained himself, the left-wing media, also known as the mainstream media, unleashed a frenzy of irresponsible charges.

Most people knew what Spicer meant that Assad had done something that even Hitler didnt do: specifically, use warplanes to drop chemical weapons on his own people. However, given Hitlers use of gas to murder German Jews, mentally handicapped Germans and others he considered less than human, the statement was factually incorrect. Spicer should not have made the point. Assads evil is clear enough without invoking Hitler; and the point he made could be taken by some to lessen Hitlers evil.

Spicer realized this immediately and made a full apology shortly afterward.

Again, Dershowitz: There was no hint of anti-Semitism in his [Spicers] historical mistake and his apology should have ended the matter.

Nevertheless, the Democratic National Committee issued a statement under the headline We will not stand for anti-Semitism, that included the following: Denying the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime is a tried and true tactic used by Neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups that have become emboldened since Donald Trump first announced his campaign for president.

And Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, falsely accused Spicer of downplaying the horror of the Holocaust.

To which Dershowitz responded: By leveling that false accusation, Pelosi herself is exploiting the tragedy, he wrote.

Most people knew what Spicer meant that Assad had done something that even Hitler didnt do: specifically, use warplanes to drop chemical weapons on his own people.

Dershowitz also attacked two Jewish frauds, Steven Goldstein and the so-called Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. As I wrote in my last Jewish Journal column, Goldstein engages in chillul Anne Frank, a desecration of the name of Anne Frank.

Steven Goldstein, Dershowitz wrote, a hard-left radical who heads a phony organization that calls itself The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, accused Spicer of engage[ing] in Holocaust denial.

Goldstein, Dershowitz continued, repeatedly exploits the Holocaust in order to gain publicity for him and his tiny group of followers. Shame on them!

But many left-wing Jews repeatedly quoted Goldstein and his radical Anne Frank Center. Adam Peck, an editor at ThinkProgress; Antonia Blumberg, a reporter at Huffington Post; Noah Berlatsky, writing in the Los Angeles Times; Kenneth Stern, executive director of the Justus & Karin Rosenberg Foundation, which also purportedly exists to fight anti-Semitism; and other left-wing Jews cited Goldstein and his organization charging Spicer with Holocaust denial.

Another one of them, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a contributor to CNN Opinion and professor of history and Italian studies at New York University, also continued the lie of tying Trump to anti-Semites and to anti-Semitism, even after it became clear that threats to Jewish community centers had been made by either a Black radical or young American Jew in Israel.

Meanwhile, for the record, in 2013, Chris Matthews, host of MSNBCs Hardball, said that unlike Assad, Hitler never used chemical weapons. It is true that he was not the presidents press secretary. But no one on the left or the right said anything, let alone accused Matthews of Holocaust denial. But if a Fox News host had said it, left-wing Jews and non-Jews surely would have accused him or her of Holocaust denial.

No one, left or right, should invoke Hitler for political gain. But among Jews, the left has a near monopoly on misusing the Holocaust and anti-Semitism to attack its political foes. It only serves to lessen the unique evil that constitutes the Holocaust.

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Holocaust denial leaflets reappear at Melbourne universities – J-Wire Jewish Australian News Service

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Jewish students, many of whom are descendants of Holocaust survivors, are deeply disturbed to once again discover Holocaust denial leaflets on campus.

The Australian has reported that leaflets have also been distributed at the University of Melbourne University.

Flyer under car wiperblade at Monash

Last weekend, many leaflets were placed under windscreen wipers on car parks on the grounds of Monash University.

Last year, thousands of similar leaflets were left on campuses at Monash University, The University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, and the University of NSW. There were also unconfirmed reports that the leaflets were circulated at the University of Sydney.

The leaflets urge readers that the official version of the Holocaust is demonstrably false referring to the current film chronicling the bitter battle between Deborah Lipstadt and Holocaust-denier David Irving.

The National Chairperson of The Australasian Union of Jewish Students Isabella Polger said: These leaflets are the result of a nationally organised campaign to spread poisonous antisemitic conspiracies at our nations top universities. They represent an atrocious assault on the dignity of Jewish students.

Universities have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their students, and protect those vulnerable to racial discrimination.

Last week, AUJS was boycotted by the radical left, with the NSW Young Greens refusing to participate in a non-partisan cocktails function. This week, it is neo-Nazis calling for the students of Australian universities to question the veracity of the Holocaust, the systematic murder of six million Jews by Nazi Germany. AUJS is profoundly concerned by what appears to be the increasing normalisation of antisemitism on Australian campuses with growing reports of Jewish students facing abuse simply because of their identity. We call on our universities to do more to combat antisemitism.

In a letter to Vice Chancellors of Victorian Universities AUJS wrote: We are writing to notify you of a series of disturbing anti-Semitic incidents that have occurred since the commencement of semester across Victorian university campuses. These instances seem to fall into the broader and recent trend of Jewish students feeling isolated and unwelcome on Victorian campuses. The Union is seeking your assistance to work together to prevent further instances of ethnic discrimination and vilification on campus. For context, the Australasian Union of Jewish Students is the peak representative body for thousands of Jewish students across more than 25 university campuses in Australia and New Zealand. The reported incidents are as follows:

These statements and actions are unacceptable from any student or group. They represent more than simply a callous disregard for the collective memory and trauma of the Jewish community. Additionally, the statements cross the line of legitimate criticism of the Israeli government in to the demonisation and vilification of Jews.

The perspectives of students are often formed and concretised on campus for life. If these attitudes were to prevail, it would signify our profound joint-failure to protect Jews and minorities on campus, and a failure on the University in its mission to educate and enlighten.

Everyone has the right to feel safe and welcome on campus. If we are to project that our university campuses are inclusive communities, then we must together act promptly and resolve the underlying problems of ethnic discrimination on campus. We call on all Victorian Universities to proactively ensure that this alarming trend does not further permeate the campus environment. It is paramount that offending students and individuals are held accountable. We must leverage this as an opportunity for education and awareness.

We look forward to continuing this conversation with you, and working towards making Melbournes universities safe and accepting environments for all students to learn and thrive in.

Dr Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the ADC stated: This is virulent anti-Semitism, pure and simple, and I am shocked and disgusted that such revolting brochures have once again invaded university space, not only belittling the horrific murder of six millions Jews, but exploiting vulnerable students who may have limited knowledge about the Holocaust and sowing a message of hate and intolerance in the hearts of young people. This is part of a hate blitz that we have seen proliferating globally following the release of the film Denial, and which must be vigorously fought.

Universities are positive enclaves for critical thought and free expression, and the reprehensible attempt to deliberately deny the historical facts of the Holocaust must never find a fertile and welcoming haven. We must all stand as one against racist demagogues and white-Supremacists that share a loathing for the Jewish people as well as for the values of diversity and multiculturalism, and who are trying to expand their base and appeal by using the tools of prejudice. It is imperative that Jewish students on campus, who may have relatives who survived the Holocaust, are made to feel comfortable and that blatant anti-Semitism, harassment and hostile incitement are never tolerated.

AUJS will meet with Monash University on Friday. The universitys own security department is currently investigating the incident.

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Editor’s Insight: Tackling Islam, Holocaust denial and The Max Harris … – The National Business Review

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A brief history of the Trump administration’s flirtation with Holocaust denial – Vox

Sean Spicer shocked many when he falsely claimed on Tuesday that “Hitler didn’t even sink to the level of using chemical weapons during World War II. In normal times, it would probably have been enough to end the career of a spokesperson. But, we are continually reminded, these are not normal times.

Trump and his people are far too familiar with gaffes involving the Holocaust. Spicers Tuesday comments are but the latest in a series of anti-Semitic dog whistles and Holocaust denials emanating from the president, his staff, and his family.

Heres a quick refresher:

Its the summer of 2016, the election campaigns are still being waged, and Trump has just tweeted an image depicting Hillary Clinton with a Star of David and the phrase Most Corrupt Candidate Ever! atop a bed of dollar bills. As Voxs Matt Yglesias explained, the graphic initially surfaced on an 8chan forum, a hub of white supremacist alt-right internet trolls. And despite Trumps fervent defense that the six-pointed star was really a Sheriffs Star, or plain star! white nationalists the likes of David Duke seemed to be able to read between the lines about what the image really meant.

Flash forward to September, when Trumps son Donald Jr. compares the media treatment of his father to the atrocities of Holocaust concentration camps. In an interview with Philadelphia-based conservative radio host Chris Stigall on September 14, Trump Jr. claimed that if his father acted like Hillary Clinton, news media would be warming up the gas chamber right now.

The media has been her number one surrogate in this. Without the media, this wouldn’t even be a contest. But the media has built her up. They’ve let her slide on every indiscrepancy, on every lie, on every DNC game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of the thing

I mean, if Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now. It’s a very different system there’s nothing fair about it

Trumps campaign was quick to deny that the gas chamber comment had anything to do with the Holocaust. “Don Jr. was clearly referring to capital punishment to make the case that the media continues to take words out of context in order to serve as the propaganda arm of the Hillary Clinton campaign, Trump communications adviser Jason Miller said in a statement. Trump Jr. told NBC Newss Katy Tur that he was referring to executions in general, not the Holocaust, and often uses the phrase electric chair to make the same point.

The trend didnt stop once Trump took office. On January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the White House issued a short statement honoring the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. The statement did not, however, note that 6 million of those victims happened to be Jews.

During the ensuing controversy, the Trump administration defended its statement, arguing that Jews were not specifically mentioned because there were other groups targeted during the Holocaust. Spokesperson Hope Hicks told CNN, we are an incredibly inclusive group and we took into account all of those who suffered. Many, from historian Deborah Lipstadt to Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Director Jonathan Greenblatt, were critical of the statement, with some going so far as to dub it Holocaust denial.

Politico later revealed that the White House had, in fact, been presented with a statement that mentioned the Jewish people, but blocked its release and went with its own version instead. Trump administration staff continue to stand behind the statement. Meanwhile, the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer celebrated the administrations omission of Jewish suffering.

In a February 16 news conference, Trump was asked by journalist Jake Turx about the rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the US following his election and the epidemic of bomb threats against Jewish organizations. He proceeded to cut Turx off, belittle his question, and deny any anti-Semitism from himself or his campaign:

He said he was going to ask a easy question okay sit down, I understand the rest of your question. Folks, number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you have seen in your entire life. Number two, racism. The least racist.

We did relatively well quiet, quiet, quiet see he lied about what was going to be a very straight simple question. I hate the charge. I find it repulsive, I hate even the question because people that know me and you heard the Prime Minister, you heard Netanyahu yesterday. Did you hear him, Bibi, he said I’ve known Donald Trump for a long time and said forget it so you should take that instead of getting up and asking a very insulting question like that. Just shows you about the press but that’s the way the press is.

Jewish organizations were aghast at the way Trump brushed aside legitimate fears of anti-Semitism and violence against Jews. The ADL issued a statement calling Trumps response mind-boggling, while the American Jewish Committee implored the president not to bully reporters asking questions potentially affecting millions of fellow Americans.

About a week later, Trump formally condemned the horrible and painful anti-Semitic threats targeting Jewish community centers, calling them a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil. Still, some Jewish groups felt like his statement was too little, too late.

The presidents sudden acknowledgment of anti-Semitism is a Band-Aid on the cancer of anti-Semitism that has infected his own administration, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect Steven Goldstein told the New York Times. When President Trump responds to anti-Semitism proactively and in real time, and without pleas and pressure, thats when well be able to say this president has turned a corner. This is not that moment.

Which brings us to Tuesday, April 11, when Sean Spicer falsely said that Hitler didnt use chemical weapons during the Holocaust, drawing a distinction to what Syrian President Bashar al-Assad did to his people. In his attempts to clarify, Spicer didnt do himself any favors:

I think when you come to sarin gas, there was no he was not using the gas on his own people in the same way that Assad is doing. There was not he brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that. But what Im saying is the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them, the use of it I appreciate the clarification, [denying that Hitler used gas] was not the intent.

Aside from the bizarre labeling of concentration camps as Holocaust centers, Spicers follow-up is again false. As Voxs Zach Beauchamp explained, Prior to the construction of gas chambers, SS soldiers would drive around so-called gas vans vehicles with hermetically sealed compartments that could be flooded with poison gas and used them to execute Jews in, yes, their towns.

Spicer has since apologized for the remarks, saying on CNN he didnt want to distract from Trumps attempts to destabilize the region. Hes continued on this apology tour, telling NBCs Peter Alexander, Im absolutely sorry, especially during a week like this, to make a comparison that is inappropriate and inexcusable.

After Spicers latest controversy, many were quick to point to Godwins Law, the so-called first rule of politics. The term was coined by Mike Godwin, the famed internet lawyer and journalist, who argued that you should never, ever make Hitler comparisons, as they will rarely serve you well.

Unfortunately, the Trump administration hasnt seemed to learn this lesson.

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Sean Spicer Said Something Stupid. That Doesn’t Make Him A Holocaust Denier. – The Federalist

His remarks could be a problematic sign of Trump’s changing foreign policy.

Today in his daily briefing, Sean Spicer said some stupid things while discussing the attack against Syria for its use of chemical weapons last week:

We didnt use chemical weapons in World War II. You know, you had a someone as despicable as Hitler who didnt even sink to using chemical weapons.

Since if Adolf Hitler is known for anything, its his use of gas chambers and poison to kill people, the comment made no sense. He later attempted to clarify:

He was not using his gas on his own people the same way [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad was.

That being completely untrue, the media outrage continued. He ended up issuing a statement:

In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers. Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable.

The Washington Posts write-up of how wrong this was included the following tweet:

Heres an editor at Snopes:

Someone at CBS helped push the line:

It was a widespread narrative. But not from all journalists, as this tweet from Times DC bureau chief shows:

Come on, people. Dont match stupid with stupid. Sean Spicer was not pushing Holocaust denial and anyone with the most meager intelligence and sense of fairness would be able to say that. As his statement after the briefing shows, he was for some reason drawing a distinction between combat genocide and other genocide; he was not denying that Hitler killed millions of people during the Holocaust using gas chambers and other means.

The shrieks of Holocaust denialism were so overwrought that even Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo pushed back (and made good points while doing so). Here is the text of his tweets:

1/ I knew the second Spicer invoked the Nazis with regards to chemical weapons he had a problem on his hands. But I have to make 2/ a partial defense. It is a measure of the durability of the ban on the use of chem weapons that even withstanding carrying out a 3/ historic genocide, the Nazi state actually did not employ battlefield chemical weapons. A shrewder person wld have made the point 4/ better. But the point itself is real, even valid.

While not Holocaust denial, stupidity was not the only problem with his remarks.

The problem he caused for himself was trying to justify getting into a conflict Donald Trump previously said we should stay out. And he tried to justify this by saying Assad is worse than Hitler.

One can be fairly non-interventionist and still support enforcing the norm against the use of chemical weapons on national interest grounds. But if all of a sudden Assad is literally worse than Hitler, that requires WWIII. It is precisely because Spicer is not a Holocaust denier that his remarks are a way to escalate rhetoric on the march to war.

And that should concern everyone, whether outrage-happy media types or others.

People should be careful when discussing the Holocaust, and Spicer is rightly condemned for his verbal incoherence today. It also is a reminder of the weirdness of the White Houses earlier Holocaust statement.

But media that just a few weeks ago were making Holocaust comparisons when Trump issued his travel ban might want to get down from their collective high horse.

And if people are truly concerned about Holocaust denial, they can focus their ire on the Iranian regime, which has pushed Holocaust denialism for many years. As Reuel Marc Gerecht and Ray Takeyh wrote in the Washington Posts Irans Holocaust denial is part of a malevolent strategy, the view is central to the regimes identity and tied to its propaganda aimed at the larger Muslim world.

This is a holy time for Jews and Christians. It would be nice if we worked harder to treat each other with respect, dignity and forgiveness.

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The Anne Frank Center on Tuesday called for White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to be fired after he asserted that Adolf Hitler didnt even sink to using chemical weapons.

At Tuesdays press briefing, President Donald Trumps chief spokesperson had suggested that Syrian President Bashar al-Assads Sarin gas attacks on his own people were worse than the crimes committed by Hitler.

Someone as despicable as Hitler didnt even sink to using chemical weapons, Spicer opined. He later acknowledged that gas chambers were used in concentration camps but insisted that Hitler was not using his gas on his own people the same way Assad was.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the Anne Frank Center said that President Trump must fire Sean Spicer now for engaging in Holocaust denial.

On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, Anne Frank Center Executive Director Steven Goldstein lamented, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death.

Spicers statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary, Goldstein added. Sean Spicer lacks the integrity to serve as White House press secretary, and President Trump must fire him at once.

.@POTUS @realDonaldTrump MUST FIRE SEAN SPICER NOW FOR ENGAGING IN HOLOCAUST DENIAL. OUR STATEMENT BELOW. #Antisemitism #NeverAgain pic.twitter.com/4dB9ESCaZr

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Local Holocaust denial group deemed a hate organization – The Michigan Daily

Deir Yassin Remembered, a local group famous for its weekly protests outside Temple Beth Israel in Ann Arbor, has beenplacedon a list of hate groups compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center under the subcategory of Holocaust denial. According to theWashtenaw Jewish News, Deir Yassin Remembered is “the only sustained action targeting a Jewish house of worship anywhere in the United States.

Mark Potok, editor-in-chief of the SPLC’s quarterly journal, explained the addition in a recent interview on Michigan Radio, stating the group defended Nazism.

“We list them because over the years they have come to more and more explicitly embrace real-life Holocaust denial,” he said. “The kind of Holocaust denial that these people practice is essentially a defense of Germany and National Socialism.

The group’s name references the Deir Yassinmassacre, a 1948 attack by Zionist military forces on the eponymous Palestinian village that left over 100 people dead in their homes.

Henry Herskovitz, a member of the board of directors for Deir Yassin Remembered and later, a self-described former Jew, stirred controversy in 2014 when he campaigned for the release of Ernst Zundel from prison, who wassentencedby a German court to five years in prison for inciting racial hatred through literature he published.

Zundel, along with co-author Eric Thompson, wrote a book entitled The Hitler We Loved and Why, published in 1977.

Though Herskovitz himself has not expressed such strong pro-Nazi sentiment, he does question the existence of the Holocaust. In a July 2016videoposted on the Deir Yassin Remembered website, Herskovitz explained his doubts.

Why do I support open debate on the Holocaust? he asked. Because I want to know what happened and why it happened. Because I resent manipulation, and I feel manipulated and threatened when decent people like Ernst … are locked up for expressing what they believe If I say passenger jets did not bring down the two World Trade Centers, I don’t go to prison. But when I ask for a single wartime photo of a homicidal gas chamber, in Israel and a dozen other countries, I put myself at risk for prison time.”

A member of the Beth Israel congregation, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of harassment by Deir Yassin Remembered, said the group’s apparent concern with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israeli apartheid were superficial.

That is the nominal organization to which they are affiliated, but that is ancillary to their primary motivation, the member said. Their primary motivation is a deep anti-Semitism, in the same way as the Ku Klux Klan claims to be defending white rights.

Devin Jones, a representative of Students Allied for Freedom and Equality a student organization that opposes the Israeli apartheid, similarly to DYR – agreed that DYR’s engagement with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was not serious.

“Firstly, I think that any group that denies that Holocaust participates in hate speech and contributes to anti-Semitism by denying one of the worst genocides in human history,” Jones said. “Thus, if the SPLC found evidence that DYR has denied the Holocaust then their listing as a hate group is justified.”

Jones continued to say that DYR’s anti-Semitism did more to hurt the BDS movement than help it.

“Any type of racism, including anti-Semitism, is not allowed in the movement. It directly violates the principled approach that BDS takes to end Israeli state racism and apartheid,” he said. “Additionally, many Jews support BDS, including Jewish Voice for Peace, and any anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial that occurs by groups supporting BDS excludes Jews from being able to stand in solidarity with Palestinians and ending Israeli apartheid. Thus, DYR cannot fully support BDS until they renounce anti-Semitism and holocaust denial.”

The synagogue has asked that people not engage with the picketers.

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The Forward Flirts with Holocaust Denial While Smearing Gorka – Breitbart News

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The Forwardeven seems to suggest Gorka should be stripped of his U.S. citizenship a cause that has now been taken up by three Democratic U.S. senators.

The Forward claims, in a particularly lousy piece of journalism, that Gorka is a member of a group that was engaged in Nazi collaboration.

It is perhaps not going to surprise many readers of Breitbart News that this claim is utter nonsense. As a Hungarian researcher of 20th century history, and particularly Holocaust history, it is easy to point out the faults with the Forwards reporting.

While the original Vitzi Rend (which, loosely translated, means Knightly Order) was certainly a problematic organization, the group that Gorkas father, Paul Gorka, was associated withwas an entirely different one.

The original order was officially disbanded after the Soviet Union invaded Hungary, with some members continuing to uphold its tradition in exile. Today, at least four offshoots exist, the original or authentic one run by a Habsburg descendant who lives in Portugal.

Perhaps it need not be emphasized that neither Paul, who was nine years old during the World War Two siege of Budapest, nor his son Sebastian, who was born in London in 1970, could have had anything to do with Nazi crimes.

For further information, I contacted Krisztin Ungvry, a renowned scholar of 20th century Hungarian history, and a vocal critic of the current Hungarian government.

To my inquiry as to whether I was right in saying thatthe orderdid nothing illegal, violent or Nazi-like in emigration, he gave the following reply: Yes, I agree. All the problematic things, of which the order had been accused, happened before 1945.

I can only repeat your statement, he added. After 1945, the Order was immersed in the past, had no serious political activity, and it was especially not involved in spying. You cant call them Nazis because they professed no National Socialistic views.

One such 1956 veteran who joined the post-war order spoke about it as follows: I had never been a soldier of [WWII era Hungarian leader Mikls] Horthys army. But they [the Communists] tried to execute me for what I did in 1956. I protected my homeland with my body and my blood. I fought to end the red terror so that it might never occur again, so that no one would have to suffer prison or executions just because his opinions differed. I was arrested seventeen times but was never given a sentence.

He added that we had no Nazis or Communists among us, just honest good people.

Even the Forward article makes it clear that Gorkas father was never a member of the original, authentic organization. The group it mentions is merely one of the many offshoots of the original order and was founded after the Second World War, had no role in the Holocaust, and has no known history of violence or illegal activities.

All these various groups share with the original World War II Hungarian group is their name; they were not under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany, in theForwards terms.

The striking absurdity of the Forwards reporting becomes obvious with the following sentence: Gorka, who is 46, could not have been part of any World War II killings.

A clear example of guilt by association and a worthless one at that: it manages to place Gorkas name and World War II killings in the same sentence.

The Forwards inauthentic style of reporting is displayed by the audio recording of the conversation it apparently had about Gorka with a member of the so-called HistoricalVitzi Rend, which itposted online but without translating the conversation from Hungarian,creating the appearance of transparency but actually practicing the opposite.

The intervieweecalled the charges against Sebastian Gorka highly unfair. That, however, was not reported in the Forwards piece.

Perhaps theForward should atone for its flirtations with Holocaust denial rather thansmearing others.

The author isa Hungarian historian doing an MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He isalso a regular contributor to Szombat, the journal of the Hungarian Jewish Cultural Association.

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France’s National Front suspends top official over Holocaust denial – The Local France

France’s far-right National Front (FN) party suspended its top official in the southeastern city of Nice on Wednesday after he was secretly filmed denying the extent of the Holocaust.

In a documentary to be aired on French television later Wednesday, Benoit Loeuillet is heard discussing the mass killing of Jews during World War II, saying “I don’t think there were that many deaths. There weren’t six million.”

After being shown selling books by Adolf Hitler and Holocaust-denying writer Robert Faurisson, he continues: “There weren’t mass murders as it’s been said.”

The comments come less than six weeks before presidential elections in which FN leader Marine Le Pen is a frontrunner after spending years trying to improve the party’s image.

Her estranged father Jean-Marie, a former paratrooper who co-founded the party in the 1970s, has been convicted repeatedly for anti-Semitic and racist comments such as calling the Holocaust a “detail of history”.

The FN’s head in southeast France — a stronghold region for the party — said Loeuillet had been suspended from the party and would face disciplinary proceedings, which could lead to his expulsion.

In a statement Wednesday, Loeuillet said he had “in no way denied the reality of the Holocaust,” adding that his remarks had been “cleverly edited” for the documentary.

“I understand the emotion (the comments) can cause as they are presented, cleverly edited. But I am the opposite of the portrait of me that this documentary seeks to paint,” he said, adding that his lawyer would lodge a complaint against the film’s director.

But he added: “I understand perfectly that the National Front leadership deemed it opportune to suspend me in the midst of such media hysteria.”

Le Pen’s niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen, a National Front MP from the region and a rising star in the party, said Loeuillet “never made these sorts of comments in front of us, which are unacceptable.”

The documentary to be shown on the C8 channel also shows Philippe Vardon, a campaign advisor to Marine Le Pen, handing out flyers and joking: “It’s starting to get worrying: everyone who’s shaking my hand is black.”

A source close to Marechal-Le Pen told AFP that Vardon was “being ironic”.

A rightwing Republicans party leader in the region, Christian Estrosi, mocked Loeuillet’s suspension, tweeting: “The fake surprise of the (FN) officials is ridiculous.”

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More left-wing abuse of the Holocaust – Jewish Journal

Last week, President Donald Trumps press secretary, Sean Spicer, was widely accused by Jews and non-Jews on the left of engaging in Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism when he drew a comparison between Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and Adolf Hitler. The comparison involved Assads use of chemical weapons to kill and terrorize his own citizens. As there is no lie more heinous than Holocaust denial, this is quite a charge. If true, it would signal an unprecedented moral collapse at the highest levels of American government. But Sean Spicer never denied the Holocaust. As professor Alan Dershowitz, a lifelong Democrat, Hillary Clinton supporter and liberal (though not leftist) activist wrote: It never occurred to me that Spicers misstatements were motivated by anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial or an intent to slur the Jewish people. Nor do I believe that those who have accused him of such evil motivations actually believe it. They deliberately attributed an evil motive to him in order to pander to Jewish listeners. That offends me more than anything Spicer did. Dershowitz is right: the only thing worse than Holocaust denial is falsely accusing someone of engaging in it. Yet, that is what many on the Jewish and non-Jewish left (but when it comes to the Holocaust, its the Jews who matter the most) are guilty of. Accusing a non-Jew of engaging in Holocaust denial is the moral equivalent of the medieval Blood Libel against Jews (the accusation that a Jew killed a Christian child to use the childs blood to bake matzo for Passover). Most public figures know that it usually is a bad idea to invoke Nazism or Hitler to make a political point. But Spicer did invoke Hitler, and though he immediately explained himself, the left-wing media, also known as the mainstream media, unleashed a frenzy of irresponsible charges. Most people knew what Spicer meant that Assad had done something that even Hitler didnt do: specifically, use warplanes to drop chemical weapons on his own people. However, given Hitlers use of gas to murder German Jews, mentally handicapped Germans and others he considered less than human, the statement was factually incorrect. Spicer should not have made the point. Assads evil is clear enough without invoking Hitler; and the point he made could be taken by some to lessen Hitlers evil. Spicer realized this immediately and made a full apology shortly afterward. Again, Dershowitz: There was no hint of anti-Semitism in his [Spicers] historical mistake and his apology should have ended the matter. Nevertheless, the Democratic National Committee issued a statement under the headline We will not stand for anti-Semitism, that included the following: Denying the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime is a tried and true tactic used by Neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups that have become emboldened since Donald Trump first announced his campaign for president. And Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, falsely accused Spicer of downplaying the horror of the Holocaust. To which Dershowitz responded: By leveling that false accusation, Pelosi herself is exploiting the tragedy, he wrote. Most people knew what Spicer meant that Assad had done something that even Hitler didnt do: specifically, use warplanes to drop chemical weapons on his own people. Dershowitz also attacked two Jewish frauds, Steven Goldstein and the so-called Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. As I wrote in my last Jewish Journal column, Goldstein engages in chillul Anne Frank, a desecration of the name of Anne Frank. Steven Goldstein, Dershowitz wrote, a hard-left radical who heads a phony organization that calls itself The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, accused Spicer of engage[ing] in Holocaust denial. Goldstein, Dershowitz continued, repeatedly exploits the Holocaust in order to gain publicity for him and his tiny group of followers. Shame on them! But many left-wing Jews repeatedly quoted Goldstein and his radical Anne Frank Center. Adam Peck, an editor at ThinkProgress; Antonia Blumberg, a reporter at Huffington Post; Noah Berlatsky, writing in the Los Angeles Times; Kenneth Stern, executive director of the Justus & Karin Rosenberg Foundation, which also purportedly exists to fight anti-Semitism; and other left-wing Jews cited Goldstein and his organization charging Spicer with Holocaust denial. Another one of them, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a contributor to CNN Opinion and professor of history and Italian studies at New York University, also continued the lie of tying Trump to anti-Semites and to anti-Semitism, even after it became clear that threats to Jewish community centers had been made by either a Black radical or young American Jew in Israel. Meanwhile, for the record, in 2013, Chris Matthews, host of MSNBCs Hardball, said that unlike Assad, Hitler never used chemical weapons. It is true that he was not the presidents press secretary. But no one on the left or the right said anything, let alone accused Matthews of Holocaust denial. But if a Fox News host had said it, left-wing Jews and non-Jews surely would have accused him or her of Holocaust denial. No one, left or right, should invoke Hitler for political gain. But among Jews, the left has a near monopoly on misusing the Holocaust and anti-Semitism to attack its political foes. It only serves to lessen the unique evil that constitutes the Holocaust.

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Holocaust denial leaflets reappear at Melbourne universities – J-Wire Jewish Australian News Service

Browse > Home / News / Holocaust denial leaflets reappear at Melbourne universities April 18, 2017 by J-Wire Staff Read on for article Jewish students, many of whom are descendants of Holocaust survivors, are deeply disturbed to once again discover Holocaust denial leaflets on campus. The Australian has reported that leaflets have also been distributed at the University of Melbourne University. Flyer under car wiperblade at Monash Last weekend, many leaflets were placed under windscreen wipers on car parks on the grounds of Monash University. Last year, thousands of similar leaflets were left on campuses at Monash University, The University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, and the University of NSW. There were also unconfirmed reports that the leaflets were circulated at the University of Sydney. The leaflets urge readers that the official version of the Holocaust is demonstrably false referring to the current film chronicling the bitter battle between Deborah Lipstadt and Holocaust-denier David Irving. The National Chairperson of The Australasian Union of Jewish Students Isabella Polger said: These leaflets are the result of a nationally organised campaign to spread poisonous antisemitic conspiracies at our nations top universities. They represent an atrocious assault on the dignity of Jewish students. Universities have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their students, and protect those vulnerable to racial discrimination. Last week, AUJS was boycotted by the radical left, with the NSW Young Greens refusing to participate in a non-partisan cocktails function. This week, it is neo-Nazis calling for the students of Australian universities to question the veracity of the Holocaust, the systematic murder of six million Jews by Nazi Germany. AUJS is profoundly concerned by what appears to be the increasing normalisation of antisemitism on Australian campuses with growing reports of Jewish students facing abuse simply because of their identity. We call on our universities to do more to combat antisemitism. In a letter to Vice Chancellors of Victorian Universities AUJS wrote: We are writing to notify you of a series of disturbing anti-Semitic incidents that have occurred since the commencement of semester across Victorian university campuses. These instances seem to fall into the broader and recent trend of Jewish students feeling isolated and unwelcome on Victorian campuses. The Union is seeking your assistance to work together to prevent further instances of ethnic discrimination and vilification on campus. For context, the Australasian Union of Jewish Students is the peak representative body for thousands of Jewish students across more than 25 university campuses in Australia and New Zealand. The reported incidents are as follows: These statements and actions are unacceptable from any student or group. They represent more than simply a callous disregard for the collective memory and trauma of the Jewish community. Additionally, the statements cross the line of legitimate criticism of the Israeli government in to the demonisation and vilification of Jews. The perspectives of students are often formed and concretised on campus for life. If these attitudes were to prevail, it would signify our profound joint-failure to protect Jews and minorities on campus, and a failure on the University in its mission to educate and enlighten. Everyone has the right to feel safe and welcome on campus. If we are to project that our university campuses are inclusive communities, then we must together act promptly and resolve the underlying problems of ethnic discrimination on campus. We call on all Victorian Universities to proactively ensure that this alarming trend does not further permeate the campus environment. It is paramount that offending students and individuals are held accountable. We must leverage this as an opportunity for education and awareness. We look forward to continuing this conversation with you, and working towards making Melbournes universities safe and accepting environments for all students to learn and thrive in. Dr Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the ADC stated: This is virulent anti-Semitism, pure and simple, and I am shocked and disgusted that such revolting brochures have once again invaded university space, not only belittling the horrific murder of six millions Jews, but exploiting vulnerable students who may have limited knowledge about the Holocaust and sowing a message of hate and intolerance in the hearts of young people. This is part of a hate blitz that we have seen proliferating globally following the release of the film Denial, and which must be vigorously fought. Universities are positive enclaves for critical thought and free expression, and the reprehensible attempt to deliberately deny the historical facts of the Holocaust must never find a fertile and welcoming haven. We must all stand as one against racist demagogues and white-Supremacists that share a loathing for the Jewish people as well as for the values of diversity and multiculturalism, and who are trying to expand their base and appeal by using the tools of prejudice. It is imperative that Jewish students on campus, who may have relatives who survived the Holocaust, are made to feel comfortable and that blatant anti-Semitism, harassment and hostile incitement are never tolerated. AUJS will meet with Monash University on Friday. The universitys own security department is currently investigating the incident. Visit J-Wire’s main page for all the latest breaking news, gossip and what’s on in your community.

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Editor’s Insight: Tackling Islam, Holocaust denial and The Max Harris … – The National Business Review

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A brief history of the Trump administration’s flirtation with Holocaust denial – Vox

Sean Spicer shocked many when he falsely claimed on Tuesday that “Hitler didn’t even sink to the level of using chemical weapons during World War II. In normal times, it would probably have been enough to end the career of a spokesperson. But, we are continually reminded, these are not normal times. Trump and his people are far too familiar with gaffes involving the Holocaust. Spicers Tuesday comments are but the latest in a series of anti-Semitic dog whistles and Holocaust denials emanating from the president, his staff, and his family. Heres a quick refresher: Its the summer of 2016, the election campaigns are still being waged, and Trump has just tweeted an image depicting Hillary Clinton with a Star of David and the phrase Most Corrupt Candidate Ever! atop a bed of dollar bills. As Voxs Matt Yglesias explained, the graphic initially surfaced on an 8chan forum, a hub of white supremacist alt-right internet trolls. And despite Trumps fervent defense that the six-pointed star was really a Sheriffs Star, or plain star! white nationalists the likes of David Duke seemed to be able to read between the lines about what the image really meant. Flash forward to September, when Trumps son Donald Jr. compares the media treatment of his father to the atrocities of Holocaust concentration camps. In an interview with Philadelphia-based conservative radio host Chris Stigall on September 14, Trump Jr. claimed that if his father acted like Hillary Clinton, news media would be warming up the gas chamber right now. The media has been her number one surrogate in this. Without the media, this wouldn’t even be a contest. But the media has built her up. They’ve let her slide on every indiscrepancy, on every lie, on every DNC game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of the thing I mean, if Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now. It’s a very different system there’s nothing fair about it Trumps campaign was quick to deny that the gas chamber comment had anything to do with the Holocaust. “Don Jr. was clearly referring to capital punishment to make the case that the media continues to take words out of context in order to serve as the propaganda arm of the Hillary Clinton campaign, Trump communications adviser Jason Miller said in a statement. Trump Jr. told NBC Newss Katy Tur that he was referring to executions in general, not the Holocaust, and often uses the phrase electric chair to make the same point. The trend didnt stop once Trump took office. On January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the White House issued a short statement honoring the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. The statement did not, however, note that 6 million of those victims happened to be Jews. During the ensuing controversy, the Trump administration defended its statement, arguing that Jews were not specifically mentioned because there were other groups targeted during the Holocaust. Spokesperson Hope Hicks told CNN, we are an incredibly inclusive group and we took into account all of those who suffered. Many, from historian Deborah Lipstadt to Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Director Jonathan Greenblatt, were critical of the statement, with some going so far as to dub it Holocaust denial. Politico later revealed that the White House had, in fact, been presented with a statement that mentioned the Jewish people, but blocked its release and went with its own version instead. Trump administration staff continue to stand behind the statement. Meanwhile, the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer celebrated the administrations omission of Jewish suffering. In a February 16 news conference, Trump was asked by journalist Jake Turx about the rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the US following his election and the epidemic of bomb threats against Jewish organizations. He proceeded to cut Turx off, belittle his question, and deny any anti-Semitism from himself or his campaign: He said he was going to ask a easy question okay sit down, I understand the rest of your question. Folks, number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you have seen in your entire life. Number two, racism. The least racist. We did relatively well quiet, quiet, quiet see he lied about what was going to be a very straight simple question. I hate the charge. I find it repulsive, I hate even the question because people that know me and you heard the Prime Minister, you heard Netanyahu yesterday. Did you hear him, Bibi, he said I’ve known Donald Trump for a long time and said forget it so you should take that instead of getting up and asking a very insulting question like that. Just shows you about the press but that’s the way the press is. Jewish organizations were aghast at the way Trump brushed aside legitimate fears of anti-Semitism and violence against Jews. The ADL issued a statement calling Trumps response mind-boggling, while the American Jewish Committee implored the president not to bully reporters asking questions potentially affecting millions of fellow Americans. About a week later, Trump formally condemned the horrible and painful anti-Semitic threats targeting Jewish community centers, calling them a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil. Still, some Jewish groups felt like his statement was too little, too late. The presidents sudden acknowledgment of anti-Semitism is a Band-Aid on the cancer of anti-Semitism that has infected his own administration, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect Steven Goldstein told the New York Times. When President Trump responds to anti-Semitism proactively and in real time, and without pleas and pressure, thats when well be able to say this president has turned a corner. This is not that moment. Which brings us to Tuesday, April 11, when Sean Spicer falsely said that Hitler didnt use chemical weapons during the Holocaust, drawing a distinction to what Syrian President Bashar al-Assad did to his people. In his attempts to clarify, Spicer didnt do himself any favors: I think when you come to sarin gas, there was no he was not using the gas on his own people in the same way that Assad is doing. There was not he brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that. But what Im saying is the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them, the use of it I appreciate the clarification, [denying that Hitler used gas] was not the intent. Aside from the bizarre labeling of concentration camps as Holocaust centers, Spicers follow-up is again false. As Voxs Zach Beauchamp explained, Prior to the construction of gas chambers, SS soldiers would drive around so-called gas vans vehicles with hermetically sealed compartments that could be flooded with poison gas and used them to execute Jews in, yes, their towns. Spicer has since apologized for the remarks, saying on CNN he didnt want to distract from Trumps attempts to destabilize the region. Hes continued on this apology tour, telling NBCs Peter Alexander, Im absolutely sorry, especially during a week like this, to make a comparison that is inappropriate and inexcusable. After Spicers latest controversy, many were quick to point to Godwins Law, the so-called first rule of politics. The term was coined by Mike Godwin, the famed internet lawyer and journalist, who argued that you should never, ever make Hitler comparisons, as they will rarely serve you well. Unfortunately, the Trump administration hasnt seemed to learn this lesson.

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Sean Spicer Said Something Stupid. That Doesn’t Make Him A Holocaust Denier. – The Federalist

His remarks could be a problematic sign of Trump’s changing foreign policy. Today in his daily briefing, Sean Spicer said some stupid things while discussing the attack against Syria for its use of chemical weapons last week: We didnt use chemical weapons in World War II. You know, you had a someone as despicable as Hitler who didnt even sink to using chemical weapons. Since if Adolf Hitler is known for anything, its his use of gas chambers and poison to kill people, the comment made no sense. He later attempted to clarify: He was not using his gas on his own people the same way [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad was. That being completely untrue, the media outrage continued. He ended up issuing a statement: In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers. Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable. The Washington Posts write-up of how wrong this was included the following tweet: Heres an editor at Snopes: Someone at CBS helped push the line: It was a widespread narrative. But not from all journalists, as this tweet from Times DC bureau chief shows: Come on, people. Dont match stupid with stupid. Sean Spicer was not pushing Holocaust denial and anyone with the most meager intelligence and sense of fairness would be able to say that. As his statement after the briefing shows, he was for some reason drawing a distinction between combat genocide and other genocide; he was not denying that Hitler killed millions of people during the Holocaust using gas chambers and other means. The shrieks of Holocaust denialism were so overwrought that even Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo pushed back (and made good points while doing so). Here is the text of his tweets: 1/ I knew the second Spicer invoked the Nazis with regards to chemical weapons he had a problem on his hands. But I have to make 2/ a partial defense. It is a measure of the durability of the ban on the use of chem weapons that even withstanding carrying out a 3/ historic genocide, the Nazi state actually did not employ battlefield chemical weapons. A shrewder person wld have made the point 4/ better. But the point itself is real, even valid. While not Holocaust denial, stupidity was not the only problem with his remarks. The problem he caused for himself was trying to justify getting into a conflict Donald Trump previously said we should stay out. And he tried to justify this by saying Assad is worse than Hitler. One can be fairly non-interventionist and still support enforcing the norm against the use of chemical weapons on national interest grounds. But if all of a sudden Assad is literally worse than Hitler, that requires WWIII. It is precisely because Spicer is not a Holocaust denier that his remarks are a way to escalate rhetoric on the march to war. And that should concern everyone, whether outrage-happy media types or others. People should be careful when discussing the Holocaust, and Spicer is rightly condemned for his verbal incoherence today. It also is a reminder of the weirdness of the White Houses earlier Holocaust statement. But media that just a few weeks ago were making Holocaust comparisons when Trump issued his travel ban might want to get down from their collective high horse. And if people are truly concerned about Holocaust denial, they can focus their ire on the Iranian regime, which has pushed Holocaust denialism for many years. As Reuel Marc Gerecht and Ray Takeyh wrote in the Washington Posts Irans Holocaust denial is part of a malevolent strategy, the view is central to the regimes identity and tied to its propaganda aimed at the larger Muslim world. This is a holy time for Jews and Christians. It would be nice if we worked harder to treat each other with respect, dignity and forgiveness.

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Anne Frank Center: Trump must fire Sean Spicer now for …

Sean Spicer answers questions in the White House James S. Brady Press Briefing Room (CNN/screen grab) The Anne Frank Center on Tuesday called for White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to be fired after he asserted that Adolf Hitler didnt even sink to using chemical weapons. At Tuesdays press briefing, President Donald Trumps chief spokesperson had suggested that Syrian President Bashar al-Assads Sarin gas attacks on his own people were worse than the crimes committed by Hitler. Someone as despicable as Hitler didnt even sink to using chemical weapons, Spicer opined. He later acknowledged that gas chambers were used in concentration camps but insisted that Hitler was not using his gas on his own people the same way Assad was. In a statement posted to Twitter, the Anne Frank Center said that President Trump must fire Sean Spicer now for engaging in Holocaust denial. On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, Anne Frank Center Executive Director Steven Goldstein lamented, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death. Spicers statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary, Goldstein added. Sean Spicer lacks the integrity to serve as White House press secretary, and President Trump must fire him at once. .@POTUS @realDonaldTrump MUST FIRE SEAN SPICER NOW FOR ENGAGING IN HOLOCAUST DENIAL. OUR STATEMENT BELOW. #Antisemitism #NeverAgain pic.twitter.com/4dB9ESCaZr AnneFrankCenter(US) (@AnneFrankCenter) April 11, 2017

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Local Holocaust denial group deemed a hate organization – The Michigan Daily

Deir Yassin Remembered, a local group famous for its weekly protests outside Temple Beth Israel in Ann Arbor, has beenplacedon a list of hate groups compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center under the subcategory of Holocaust denial. According to theWashtenaw Jewish News, Deir Yassin Remembered is “the only sustained action targeting a Jewish house of worship anywhere in the United States. Mark Potok, editor-in-chief of the SPLC’s quarterly journal, explained the addition in a recent interview on Michigan Radio, stating the group defended Nazism. “We list them because over the years they have come to more and more explicitly embrace real-life Holocaust denial,” he said. “The kind of Holocaust denial that these people practice is essentially a defense of Germany and National Socialism. The group’s name references the Deir Yassinmassacre, a 1948 attack by Zionist military forces on the eponymous Palestinian village that left over 100 people dead in their homes. Henry Herskovitz, a member of the board of directors for Deir Yassin Remembered and later, a self-described former Jew, stirred controversy in 2014 when he campaigned for the release of Ernst Zundel from prison, who wassentencedby a German court to five years in prison for inciting racial hatred through literature he published. Zundel, along with co-author Eric Thompson, wrote a book entitled The Hitler We Loved and Why, published in 1977. Though Herskovitz himself has not expressed such strong pro-Nazi sentiment, he does question the existence of the Holocaust. In a July 2016videoposted on the Deir Yassin Remembered website, Herskovitz explained his doubts. Why do I support open debate on the Holocaust? he asked. Because I want to know what happened and why it happened. Because I resent manipulation, and I feel manipulated and threatened when decent people like Ernst … are locked up for expressing what they believe If I say passenger jets did not bring down the two World Trade Centers, I don’t go to prison. But when I ask for a single wartime photo of a homicidal gas chamber, in Israel and a dozen other countries, I put myself at risk for prison time.” A member of the Beth Israel congregation, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of harassment by Deir Yassin Remembered, said the group’s apparent concern with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israeli apartheid were superficial. That is the nominal organization to which they are affiliated, but that is ancillary to their primary motivation, the member said. Their primary motivation is a deep anti-Semitism, in the same way as the Ku Klux Klan claims to be defending white rights. Devin Jones, a representative of Students Allied for Freedom and Equality a student organization that opposes the Israeli apartheid, similarly to DYR – agreed that DYR’s engagement with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was not serious. “Firstly, I think that any group that denies that Holocaust participates in hate speech and contributes to anti-Semitism by denying one of the worst genocides in human history,” Jones said. “Thus, if the SPLC found evidence that DYR has denied the Holocaust then their listing as a hate group is justified.” Jones continued to say that DYR’s anti-Semitism did more to hurt the BDS movement than help it. “Any type of racism, including anti-Semitism, is not allowed in the movement. It directly violates the principled approach that BDS takes to end Israeli state racism and apartheid,” he said. “Additionally, many Jews support BDS, including Jewish Voice for Peace, and any anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial that occurs by groups supporting BDS excludes Jews from being able to stand in solidarity with Palestinians and ending Israeli apartheid. Thus, DYR cannot fully support BDS until they renounce anti-Semitism and holocaust denial.” The synagogue has asked that people not engage with the picketers.

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The Forward Flirts with Holocaust Denial While Smearing Gorka – Breitbart News

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER And yet the same publication is now leading a smear campaign against a pro-Israel and evidently philo-semitic foreign policy adviser to the President of the United States, Sebastian Gorka, accusing him of Nazi ties. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER The Forwardeven seems to suggest Gorka should be stripped of his U.S. citizenship a cause that has now been taken up by three Democratic U.S. senators. The Forward claims, in a particularly lousy piece of journalism, that Gorka is a member of a group that was engaged in Nazi collaboration. It is perhaps not going to surprise many readers of Breitbart News that this claim is utter nonsense. As a Hungarian researcher of 20th century history, and particularly Holocaust history, it is easy to point out the faults with the Forwards reporting. While the original Vitzi Rend (which, loosely translated, means Knightly Order) was certainly a problematic organization, the group that Gorkas father, Paul Gorka, was associated withwas an entirely different one. The original order was officially disbanded after the Soviet Union invaded Hungary, with some members continuing to uphold its tradition in exile. Today, at least four offshoots exist, the original or authentic one run by a Habsburg descendant who lives in Portugal. Perhaps it need not be emphasized that neither Paul, who was nine years old during the World War Two siege of Budapest, nor his son Sebastian, who was born in London in 1970, could have had anything to do with Nazi crimes. For further information, I contacted Krisztin Ungvry, a renowned scholar of 20th century Hungarian history, and a vocal critic of the current Hungarian government. To my inquiry as to whether I was right in saying thatthe orderdid nothing illegal, violent or Nazi-like in emigration, he gave the following reply: Yes, I agree. All the problematic things, of which the order had been accused, happened before 1945. I can only repeat your statement, he added. After 1945, the Order was immersed in the past, had no serious political activity, and it was especially not involved in spying. You cant call them Nazis because they professed no National Socialistic views. One such 1956 veteran who joined the post-war order spoke about it as follows: I had never been a soldier of [WWII era Hungarian leader Mikls] Horthys army. But they [the Communists] tried to execute me for what I did in 1956. I protected my homeland with my body and my blood. I fought to end the red terror so that it might never occur again, so that no one would have to suffer prison or executions just because his opinions differed. I was arrested seventeen times but was never given a sentence. He added that we had no Nazis or Communists among us, just honest good people. Even the Forward article makes it clear that Gorkas father was never a member of the original, authentic organization. The group it mentions is merely one of the many offshoots of the original order and was founded after the Second World War, had no role in the Holocaust, and has no known history of violence or illegal activities. All these various groups share with the original World War II Hungarian group is their name; they were not under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany, in theForwards terms. The striking absurdity of the Forwards reporting becomes obvious with the following sentence: Gorka, who is 46, could not have been part of any World War II killings. A clear example of guilt by association and a worthless one at that: it manages to place Gorkas name and World War II killings in the same sentence. The Forwards inauthentic style of reporting is displayed by the audio recording of the conversation it apparently had about Gorka with a member of the so-called HistoricalVitzi Rend, which itposted online but without translating the conversation from Hungarian,creating the appearance of transparency but actually practicing the opposite. The intervieweecalled the charges against Sebastian Gorka highly unfair. That, however, was not reported in the Forwards piece. Perhaps theForward should atone for its flirtations with Holocaust denial rather thansmearing others. The author isa Hungarian historian doing an MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He isalso a regular contributor to Szombat, the journal of the Hungarian Jewish Cultural Association.

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France’s National Front suspends top official over Holocaust denial – The Local France

France’s far-right National Front (FN) party suspended its top official in the southeastern city of Nice on Wednesday after he was secretly filmed denying the extent of the Holocaust. In a documentary to be aired on French television later Wednesday, Benoit Loeuillet is heard discussing the mass killing of Jews during World War II, saying “I don’t think there were that many deaths. There weren’t six million.” After being shown selling books by Adolf Hitler and Holocaust-denying writer Robert Faurisson, he continues: “There weren’t mass murders as it’s been said.” The comments come less than six weeks before presidential elections in which FN leader Marine Le Pen is a frontrunner after spending years trying to improve the party’s image. Her estranged father Jean-Marie, a former paratrooper who co-founded the party in the 1970s, has been convicted repeatedly for anti-Semitic and racist comments such as calling the Holocaust a “detail of history”. The FN’s head in southeast France — a stronghold region for the party — said Loeuillet had been suspended from the party and would face disciplinary proceedings, which could lead to his expulsion. In a statement Wednesday, Loeuillet said he had “in no way denied the reality of the Holocaust,” adding that his remarks had been “cleverly edited” for the documentary. “I understand the emotion (the comments) can cause as they are presented, cleverly edited. But I am the opposite of the portrait of me that this documentary seeks to paint,” he said, adding that his lawyer would lodge a complaint against the film’s director. But he added: “I understand perfectly that the National Front leadership deemed it opportune to suspend me in the midst of such media hysteria.” Le Pen’s niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen, a National Front MP from the region and a rising star in the party, said Loeuillet “never made these sorts of comments in front of us, which are unacceptable.” The documentary to be shown on the C8 channel also shows Philippe Vardon, a campaign advisor to Marine Le Pen, handing out flyers and joking: “It’s starting to get worrying: everyone who’s shaking my hand is black.” A source close to Marechal-Le Pen told AFP that Vardon was “being ironic”. A rightwing Republicans party leader in the region, Christian Estrosi, mocked Loeuillet’s suspension, tweeting: “The fake surprise of the (FN) officials is ridiculous.”

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