Lev Topor

Between Auschwitz and Gaza

Auschwitz Birkenau
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Auschwitz Birkenau

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on 27 of January each year, marking the date of liberation of the largest Nazi concentration camp – Auschwitz-Birkenau. It is internationally observed to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. The Nazis and their collaborators have murdered approximately six million Jews, millions of Soviet people and Soviet POWs, millions of Poles, Serbs, Roma people, disabled people as well as homosexuals and many others, anybody who was not Aryan [and able-bodied] enough or those who opposed ideologically. The Nazis murdered Jews not solely to get rid of them, but also to get rid of the Jewish spirit and history, which is the core part of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Judaism, as it was perceived by the Nazis, was the one thing that could threaten the Nazi ideology, not the living Jews themselves who were only a fraction of the European and world population.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day was established through a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly. The decision to create this commemorative day was made on 1 November 2005, when the United Nations adopted Resolution 60/7 (A/RES/60/7). The purpose of this resolution, as written in the official resolution document, was to “…forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism, and prejudice.” The resolution also urged member states to develop educational programs that will teach future generations about the Holocaust. It also condemned “all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief, wherever they occur.”

The 27 of January, each year since 2005, but also every mundane day since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on 27 January 1945, should be a day to honor and remember the victims of the Holocaust, to combat antisemitism and prejudice and to promote tolerance. The United Nations designated this day as a warning to all, of the dangers of bigotry, hatred, racism, and prejudice. The problem is, however, that the essence of the Nazi ideology remains, not just with neo-Nazis worldwide but, and maybe mainly, with fanatic zeal Islamists. The terrorist organization of Hamas, and many of its supporters, substantial in numbers in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria, Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen, and, of course, Iran, are all the conceptual descendants of the Nazis as they zealously seek to destroy not only the living Jews and their state but also to destroy the Jewish spirit, which is what threatens Islamist ideologies.

The United Nations and its related institutions like the International Court of Justice (ICJ), are used and abused by those that seek to undermine the sole Jewish state worldwide, and the Jewish spirit. While the ICJ, since its establishment in 1945, was used as a political tool by many global and regional powers, it is now used cynically by those who wish to see Jews and their spirit disappear. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated today, 27 January 2024. Exactly one day before, on 26 January 2024, the ICJ had indicated some provisional measures against Jews. True, it decided against the state of Israel but, since it is the sole Jewish state worldwide, it is natural to assume it had decided against Jews. The ICJ, in a Kafkaesque manner, had decided against Jews because it had criticized their right for self-defense. It was Hamas terrorists, Gaza, and many Islamist “Palestinians” that have committed Genocidal acts against Israel, Jews, and others, executing the 7 of October 2023 terrorist attack, an attack that if adjusted proportionally, is larger than the 9/11 terrorist attack.

ICJ’s “Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel)” mentions not a single time the reasons for Israel’s measures against Gaza. The Jewish right to self-defense is cynically disregarded, like blaming a rape victim for harming the rapist in self-defense. Israel defends the global Jewish right to self-defense, it defends the victims of Islamist zeal “Palestinians”. The ICJ had ordered Israel to take action to prevent acts of Genocide. Who will order zeal “Palestinians” and their collaborators to prevent acts of Genocide against Jews and their supporters and to release all of the held hostages? There was only one Judge who voted against all of ICJ’s rulings – Judge Sebutinde, who now needs to fear for her safety after anti-Zionist outlets like Al-Jazeera have put her under the spotlight. But, in Gaza, will there be some righteous among nations? Those that had managed to survive were once liberated from Auschwitz-Birkenau, who will liberate Gaza?

About the Author
Dr. Lev Topor is the co-author (w/ Prof. Jonathan Fox) of 'Why Do People Discriminate Against Jews?' Published by Oxford University Press in 2021 and the author of 'Phishing for Nazis: Conspiracies, Anonymous Communications and White Supremacy Networks on the Dark Web' Published by Routledge in 2023. Lev publishes scholarly works and reports on the topic of antisemitism, anti-Zionism, racism and cyber. Previously, Dr. Topor was a research fellow in ISGAP, in the Woolf Institute (Cambridge), in the CCLP (Haifa University) and in The International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem (Jerusalem).
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