Gil Mildar
As the song says, a Latin American with no money in his pocket.

Glazer: Hollywood’s Kapo

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As I digest the words of Jonathan Glazer, delivered with a recklessness that transcends audacity on the Oscars stage, I find myself indignant and deeply outraged. This disgust is paradoxically intensified by my recognition of the undeniable artistic value in his film. This contradiction only deepens the bitterness over his failure, which is not just personal but profoundly historical. By denying his heritage, Glazer not only turns his back on the legacy of his people but also contemptuously strikes at the memory of the millions whose cries were silenced by the Holocaust.

His effort to distance himself from his Jewishness, criticizing what he perceives as the instrumentalization of the Holocaust, uncomfortably aligns Glazer with the Kapos. Those shadows of men, in one of the darkest chapters of our history, chose betrayal by collaborating with the Nazis against their people in a vain attempt at survival. This harsh but necessary comparison distills the essence of Glazer’s betrayal – a betrayal not just of his identity but of the very spirit of resistance and suffering that defines the Jewish people.

By taking this path, Glazer not only dishonors himself but perpetrates a form of symbolic violence against those who dream of a future free from the burden of hate. His simplistic and distorted portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, suggesting that defending the existence of Israel constitutes a distortion of the Holocaust, is not just irresponsible; it dangerously aligns with the rhetoric of those who deny our most fundamental right to exist.

The irony of finding merit in his film, now irrevocably tainted by his refusal to acknowledge the complexity and gravity of the legacy he seeks to repudiate, serves as a bitter mirror to our present, where blindness to atrocities – the greatest in human history – persists. This reflection reveals not just a failing in Glazer but a failing in our society, where the distortion of historical facts and indifference to injustices flourish.

With his statements, Glazer not only provides ammunition to the enemies of Israel and the Jewish people but also reveals a profound disconnect from the reality of our world. In doing so, he diminishes both himself and his work, showcasing an alienation from the essence of what it means to be part of a people marked by a history of persecution and relentless struggle.

In the face of this, I cannot remain silent. The critique expressed here is more than a necessity; it is an imperative in the face of attempts to rewrite our history and dilute our struggles. A firm response is required, for in times of fragmented truths and contested memories, the unwavering defense of our history, identity, and right to existence transcends mere remembrance; it is the foundation of our survival. Glazer has chosen a path in direct contradiction to this imperative, becoming a living example of the tragic irony of an artist who, in attempting to distance himself from his heritage, reveals blindness not just to the lessons of the past but also to the complexities of our present.

As for Glazer’s stance on the occupation policy in the West Bank and its relationship with the actions of Hamas, his view is not just misguided but dangerously simplistic. It’s crucial to clarify that it’s not the occupation that drives Hamas but a combination of religious fundamentalism and deep-seated anti-Semitism. This distortion of reality serves only to obscure the true roots of the conflict and undermine the legitimacy of Israel’s defense against those who tirelessly seek its destruction. However, it’s imperative to acknowledge that, just like us, the Palestinian people have the right to self-determination. The complexity of this conflict demands a vision that embraces both truths, seeking solutions that honor the dignity and rights of both peoples

About the Author
As a Brazilian, Jewish, and humanist writer, I embody a rich cultural blend that influences my worldview and actions. Six years ago, I made the significant decision to move to Israel, a journey that not only connects me to my ancestral roots but also positions me as an active participant in an ongoing dialogue between the past, present, and future. My Latin American heritage and life in Israel have instilled a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and justice. Through my writing, I delve into themes of authoritarianism, memory, and resistance, aiming not just to reflect on history but to actively contribute to the shaping of a more just and equitable future. My work is an invitation for reflection and action, aspiring to advance human dignity above all.
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