The snippet below was written by Peter Martino and published by the Gatestone Institute.
Shockingly, in Belgium, history lessons about Nazism and the Holocaust are currently being used to infuse children with hatred against Israel.I wonder to what extent the Jewish left considers the cartoon above to be fair and accurate?
The Belgian Ministry of Education funds an organization, the Special Committee for Remembrance Education (BCH), which provides teachers with ready-made templates for their history lessons. In its September issue, Joods Actueel, the largest Jewish magazine in Belgium, describes this educational material as "perverted." The so-called Remembrance Education, the magazine writes, "has degenerated into an instrument to infect youngsters with hatred of Israel and anti-Semitism."
One of the materials used is the cartoon "Never Again, Over Again." It equates the treatment of the Palestinians by the Israelis today with the treatment of the Jews by the Nazis in the 1930s and 40s.
"Never Again means that what happened under Hitler should never happen again. And Over Again means that what is happening today is the same as in the past with Hitler," the Belgian school teachers are told. "In the past, the concentration camps were fenced off with barbed wire. Today, the border between Israel and Palestine is marked with barbed wire and a wall."
The atrocities committed by the Nazis are linked to the so-called atrocities of Israel. Teachers indoctrinated with teaching material provided by an organization that is sanctioned by the Ministry of Education, in turn indoctrinate the school children in their care.
The material of the Special Committee for Remembrance Education is frequently used by primary school teachers, who seem to have little knowledge of history. Two Belgian researchers, Jan Swerts and Kurt Monten of the Catholic College of Limburg, found that young people studying to become teachers know amazingly little about history. Many of them were unable to tell in which century the Second World War took place. They knew hardly anything about major ideologies such as Socialism and Communism. Ten percent of them even confused Zionism with Fascism. They are easy prey for the anti-Semites who author some of the material provided by the Special Committee for Remembrance Education.
I think that they may be uncomfortable with it. But given the fact the Jewish left tends to think that the real problem is the "Occupation" (with the capital "O") then they must believe that the Jews of the Middle East are, like the Nazis, Oppressors (also with a capital "O").
Part of the reason that I am focusing on the Jewish left is because the Jewish left has at least some influence with the international left, more generally, and the international left, including the EU, has a significant impact on the State of Israel and the Jewish people, as a whole.
And this is why someone like Jon Segall is relevant.
I apologize to my readers for perhaps focusing too much on this particular individual, but he is significant to the extent that he represents the political movement that he comes from. The main problem with progressive-left Jewry is egotism. That is, the main problem with progressive-left Jewry is that they honestly tend to think that the Jews of the Middle East are the reason for the hatred leveled at them by the vast Arab-Muslim majority. In this way, they tend to think the real problem is with the tiny Jewish minority and not the vast Arab-Muslims majority.
This is egotism writ large.
Thus progressive-left Jews, like Jon Segall, focus their animosity on their fellow Jews who either live in Judea and Samaria or upon diaspora Jews who are supportive of Jews living within their traditional homeland.
Until we recognize that the problem is not with the Jewish people, but with our tormentors, we will never break free from this ongoing violence and harrasment.
Until people like Jon Segall come to recognize that the real problem here is not with Jews who live in Judea and Samaria then the ongoing war against the Jewish people people will continue on into the future and be supported by the European governments who look upon Jewish hatred toward Jews on those lands as a form of sanction.
Until we learn to stand up for ourselves, we have no chance.