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Is Holocaust denial really about the Holocaust?

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arbeit-macht-freiIn 2005, The United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 60/7 to officially choose January 27 as the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. This is the day when the world is supposed to mark and remember the Holocaust and its victims.

2016 marks the 71st anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Today more than ever, the motto NEVER AGAIN needs to be repeated to older generations and taught to the newer ones. as very few of the Holocaust survivors remain alive today, we run the risk of forgetting one of the most–if not the most–tragic genocide of human history.

This date is different from the Jewish commemoration of Yom HaShoah that takes place each spring in Israel. The International Day is an event sponsored by the United Nations. Even though I have lost faith in the ability or even the willingness of the UN to deal with Israel fairly, I appreciate UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s statement about this event: “Denying historical facts, especially on such an important subject as the Holocaust, is just not acceptable. Nor is it acceptable to call for the elimination of any State or people. I would like to see this fundamental principle respected both in rhetoric and in practice by all the members of the international community”. Of course, with all the pressure applied at the UN by many countries who are vowed enemies of the Jewish State, the tug-o-war between historical accuracy and political correctness is ever present.

In 1978, staunch antisemite Willis Carto founded the Institute for Historical Review (IHR.) Mr. Carto passed away last year but the website is still up and even though their administrator claim that they are not Holocaust deniers, their site is replete with books, videos, CDs and DVDs promoting that very view. It is interesting to note that a site called “Institute for Historical Review” almost exclusively deals with Holocaust denial and Jewish cabal theories. IHR is one of many websites promoting historical revisionism, yet they have in common to focus on Israel, the Jews and the Holocaust more than anything else.

On one hand, it is only when it comes to the Holocaust that people come out of nowhere with a pseudo-scholarly approach to the Jewish tragedy. People like David Irving, Louis Faurisson, Roger Garaudy, Louis Farrakhan or Bobby Fisher are just a few names in the pantheon of antisemitism and Holocaust denial. It appears to be such an obsession for these men (and many more) to prove that the Jewish catastrophe was a hoax.
On the other hand, very few people, if any, are interested in writing books trying to play down or deny events such as the Sudanese mass killings, the war in Kosovo, the Armenian genocide or even the Stalin massacres.  All these tragedies (and so many more throughout history) were responsible for the death of millions of innocent people. When one evaluates the level of interest in denying the Holocaust as opposed to any other genocide, there is a flagrant imbalance. Why?

Additionally, nobody seems to hold any ethnic group or sub-group corporately responsible for the ills inflicted by a small section of their community onto another ethnic group. This being said, we would even have to prove that Israeli Jews are guilty of ethnic cleansing against Palestinians, and they are not. But, let us assume that it is the case for a moment. The question would then arise:” Why should all Jews be equally responsible for what Israelis do to Palestinians?” Logically, they shouldn’t, right? But you see, antisemitism is highly illogical.

Using the same logic, all Turks of all times should be held corporately responsible for the Armenian genocide of the 20th Century. There is certainly a small percentage of people who hate the Turks, but nobody sees all Turks of all times responsible by proxy. Yet this is exactly what looms over the global Jew wherever he is geographically or historically. Even Jewish people today–and as difficult as it might be–do not see all Germans as Nazis.

So maybe, Holocaust denial is more about the demonization and ostracism of the global Jew than it is about historical revisionism. This would lead the world to consider the Jews as lesser important or even “sub-human”. This concept was exactly what Hitler used to justify the Holocaust. So wait a minute, Holocaust denial could lead to another Holocaust?

It is exactly for that reason that we must continue to remember the Holocaust; because of Holocaust deniers. We must also continue to remember the Armenian genocide, but that one doesn’t seem to suffer at the hands of Armenian Genocide deniers (the same principle applies to all other genocides). Even though we continue to witness an increase in “Holocaust fatigue”, for as long as people try to tell us that the Holocaust never happened, it is OUR duty as decent human beings to continue to tell them and the rest of the world that IT DID happen, because very soon, all the first hand witnesses of the Catastrophe will be all gone.

In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.  Isaiah 63:9


Hillary Clinton finally breaks her silence and meets with press on email controversy

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Photo: Washington Post

Photo: Washington Post

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Hillary Clinton wasted no time starting her 20-minute press conference Tuesday at the United Nations Headquarters in New York by changing the topic of her email controversy by mentioning there are other issues she believed the media should be covering instead.

Clinton, a former first lady and secretary of state, addressed the United Nations on women’s issues prior to the press by talking about the challenges women are facing around the world. She then went on to blast the letter sent to Iran from 47 Republican Senators as “out of step with the best traditions of American leadership.”

Reports surfaced last week on her personal email that she used during her four years as Secretary of State. She opted out of using an official government account where the emails would be archived in the agency’s records. Clinton said, “I saw it as a matter of convenience and it was allowed. Others had done it.”

Later reports found that her emails were registered to a private server in her New York residence. Clinton stated, “There were no security breaches” and the private server set up the system for was for her husband former President Bill Clinton.

Following the brief speech, Clinton took questions from the press in regards to her emails. Admitting it was a mistake in using her personal email account to conduct state department business, and that she no longer has the 31,830 private emails since she deleted, adding, “They were personal and private, above matter, I didn’t see a reason to keep them.” Clinton went on the defense about not sharing her personal details of her life such as her daughter’s wedding planning, her mother’s funeral, and yoga lessons. “At the end, I decided not to keep my private emails.”

“It would have been better had I used a second email account,” Clinton said. Before she became Secretary of State, she only used one email account for her “convenience” instead of using the email account for federal employees ending in “.gov”. Regretting this decision, she states, “Looking back, it probably would have been smarter to use two devices.” Announcing that she wants transparency of her emails to make them available online as per State Department request, Clinton tweeted, “I want the public to see my email, I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.”

Clinton dodged any questions at the press conference in regards to her email usage and her presidential bid. Clinton, who is expected to officially announce her bid for 2016 next month refused to answer the questions about the controversy and how it will affect her timing to announce.

President Obama on Saturday told CBS that he just learned about Clinton’s private email address from the news. On Monday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that the president did email Clinton on her private account, but had no knowledge that the account was not registered to comply with the Federal Records Act to be archived.

In December, Clinton turned over 55,000 pages of emails from her private account to the State Department with 900 of those pages relating to the Benghazi investigation in 2012. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), House Committee Chair said that there are gaps in missing email records in regards to her travels in Libya.

After the presser, two stories broke out in regards to Clinton that were inconsistent. Clinton claimed that she only used one device for “convenience” however, two weeks ago, she said she uses two different phones. On her personal destroyed emails, Clinton claimed some are with her husband, but she also claimed previously that, “he only sent two emails his entire life.”


Assad Regime Drops Barrel Bombs on Syrian Refugee Camp, dozens killed

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The United States Department of State said Wednesday it was horrified to learn the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dropped barrel bombs on the Abedin refugee camp. It called the attack “barbaric” as dozens were killed, mostly women and children. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the two barrel bombs killed at least 60 people and wounded dozens more in the camp near Habeet.

Graphic footage uploaded to YouTube showed charred and bloodied bodies laying among olive branches and pieces of nearby tents blown apart by the bombs. Paramedics and witness were shown desperately trying to save the wounded. “It’s a massacre of refugees,” a voice off camera said. An activist on the scene told Al Jazeera that no presence of armed groups were present in the vicinity of the camp. He said the dozens of injured people were rushed to a hospital 30 minutes away.

“We are horrified by the reports that the Assad regime barrel bombed the Abedin displaced persons camp in Idlib and the images we saw of the carnage against innocent civilians,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

The attack on the Abedin camp was nothing short of barbaric.

A barrel bomb is a type of improvised explosive device (IED). They have been described as”flying IEDs”, most commonly made from a barrel filled with high explosives, possibly shrapnel, oil or chemicals, and then dropped from a low-flying helicopter or airplane. Assad continues to drop barrel bombs on densely populated Syrian neighborhoods despite the United Nations resolution passed on February 22nd banning their use.

Psaki said these attacks are “only the latest act of brutality by the regime against its own people.”

“We’ve consistently condemned the Assad regime’s callous disregard for human life, particularly its violence directed against civilians,” she added. “We’ve been clear that the Assad regime must be held responsible for its brutality and atrocities against the Syrian people.”

More than 5,000 barrel bombs have been used since the conflict began in 2011, this according to the Syrian National Council. Despite threats made by the Obama administration, these type of attacks will likely continue.

This article is crossposted.

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