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The Growing Depiction of Israel as a Nazi State

History has shown us that the world will believe any lie about the Jews if left unanswered

Palestinian protestors burn a makeshift Israeli flag, bearing Nazi swastikas on each side of the Star of David, during a demonstration against Israel’s continuing assault on Gaza in the refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh near the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon on December 30, 2008. (Photo: MAHMOUD ZAYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

TORONTO—Jews depicted as Nazis, right here in the very heart of Canada, the most docile country on earth? It can’t be. Tell me my eyes are playing tricks on me.

That was my thinking as I saw the placards at the anti-Israel hate fest right in the heart of Toronto.

Canadians often view us Americans as their wilder, more violent cousins. Canadians like Americans. But they also have this view of the average American shooting up a McDonald’s every time they burn his Big Mac and a gunfight breaking out on an American highway if someone gets cuts off in his lane.

I happen to love Canada. If Jews are the Chosen people, then our Canadian brethren are the frozen people (OK, I admit I stole that line from Shimon Peres who was quoting the President of Iceland speaking of his own country).

The protesters held enormous signs that claimed Israel was guilty of a holocaust against the Palestinians. It was so vile that I wanted to throw up.

Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, its people among the most tolerant and pleasant. Which is why I was so shocked to see the huge anti-Israel demonstration right outside the American consulate in downtown Toronto this past Shabbat.

I’m in Canada for two weeks to host a new TV series called “Divine Intervention,” which counsels people with serious family and personal challenges. Invited to speak at the Anshei Minsk Synagogue in downtown Toronto, I addressed the Al Quds day rally against Israel that was to take a place a few blocks away. At the conclusion of the speech I walked over to the American consulate to join the pro-Israel counter demonstration that garnered a fairly decent crowd – especially on a Shabbat – of Jews and Christians of every denomination and walk of life. It was interesting that the organization who chose to make the effort to organize the counter demonstration to the Al Quds hate fest was the JDL. Were the mainstream Jewish organizations asleep? Why were they not out in force to defend and protect the Jewish State?

Regardless, I was not prepared for just how deep the hate for Israel was across the street.

There I saw thousands of people holding signs with Israel and swastikas. Going well beyond the average hate of falsely accusing Israel of being an apartheid State, the protesters held enormous signs that claimed Israel was guilty of a holocaust against the Palestinians. It was so vile that I wanted to throw up.

Imagine the degree of Jew-hatred it takes to trivialize the wholesale slaughter of six million Jews and 1.5 million children by equating it with Israel’s defensive wars against genocidal Hamas.

With me was a non-Jewish Armenian member of our TV crew. I said to him, “The Armenians have it bad enough that so much of the world refuses to acknowledge the genocide of the Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in World War I. But with us Jews it goes much further. They acknowledge our holocaust only in order to accuse us of doing the same to others.”

How could this happen in Canada? How could such vile lies be aired publicly, right outside the US Consulate, in a country that so often accuses the US of being too violent?

The only thing I had ever seen that approached this level of hatred is when Dennis Prager and I debated in the Oxford Union last November, only to hear our opponents – respected academics all – accusing Israel of being a Nazi state.


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