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Professor demands Israel stop ‘weaponizing the Holocaust’ to justify violence

Israel is “weaponizing” the Holocaust to justify “genocide” and “war crimes” against Palestinians, an Israeli academic and professor argued in the Guardian this week.

Raz Segal, an Israel expert and associate professor of Holocaust and genocide studies at Stockton University in New Jersey, compared the atrocities against Jews to the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas on Israeli civilians. , criticized President Biden and Israeli leaders for “weaponizing the Holocaust.”

Segal acknowledged that the attack, which killed at least 1,400 Israelis, was the worst single massacre of Jews since World War II. However, he insisted on context It was “completely different.”

“A powerful state with powerful allies and a powerful military engaged in Israeli settler colonialism, military occupation, and retaliatory attacks against stateless Palestinians under siege means that the fight against the Nazis is “They are portrayed as powerless Jews,” the professor complained.

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People hold a pro- and anti-Palestinian protest in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, Friday, October 13, 2023. (Barry Williams, NY Daily News, via Getty Images)

Both sides should be responsible for ‘war crimes’, yet world leaders ‘twisted'[ing]He argued that by not placing the conflict in the context of Israel’s “settler-colonial violence against Palestinians since the Nakba of 1948,” it reveals reality.

“Nakba,” meaning “catastrophe,” is a term used by Palestinians to describe the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

“Without a true reckoning about how we got here, there will never be justice in the short or long term,” Segal wrote.

He also suggested that Israel was demonizing Palestinians in the same way the Nazis did with Jews to justify “genocide.”

“The fantasy of “fighting the Nazis” gives rise to such explicit language because the image of the Nazis is one of “pure, unadulterated evil,” and that in the fight against the Nazis, all laws and restrictions must be removed. Perpetrators of genocide always view their victims as evil, and “they are righteous men. In fact, that’s how the Nazis saw Jews,” he wrote.

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People gather at protests in support of Israel

People unite at a ‘Jewish Community Vigil’ for Israel in London, Monday, October 9, 2023, two days after Hamas fighters launched an unprecedented multi-pronged attack against Israel. (AP Photo/Kin Chung)

Since the October 7 terrorist attacks, some university campuses have become hotbeds of anti-Israel activity.

Several university professors and student groups across the country have taken part in protests and rallies condemning Israel’s genocide.

Russell Rickford, an associate professor of history at Cornell University, said he was “elated” by Hamas’ attack on Israel at a pro-Palestinian rally on Oct. 17.

“It was exhilarating and energizing. If they [the Palestinians] If they were not excited by this challenge to the monopoly of violence, this shift in the balance of power would make them less human. I was very happy,” he told the crowd, who responded with cheers.

Mr Rickford later apologized for his comments, saying it was a “terrible choice of words”.

An associate professor of climate science at the Art Institute of Chicago has also apologized after verbally attacking Israelis on social media, calling them “pigs” and “savages.”

Several pro-Palestinian student groups at Harvard University last week condemned Israel’s “genocide” of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, weeks after accusing Israel of being “fully responsible” for the Oct. 7 attack. organized a march and “die-in” on campus in protest.

Body bags and Hamas terrorists

Split image of Hamas terrorists with civilian body bags. (ousef Masoud/Majority World/Universal Images Group and Amir Levy/Getty Images)

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FOX News’ Luis Casiano contributed to this report.

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