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Post Netanyahu as Neo-Nazi?
Created by John Eipper on 05/19/21 6:44 AM

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Netanyahu as Neo-Nazi? (Rodolfo Neirotti, USA, 05/19/21 6:44 am)

I agree with the view and sincerity of Tor Guimarães (May 18th) . I do not know if Netanyahu is or was a neo-Nazi. It would be interesting to document this information somehow.

JE comments:  WAIS doesn't usually publish "attaboys," but a) I'm happy to hear from our friend in Boston, Rodolfo Neirotti, and b) we should probably address the hot-button issue of Israeli policy towards Gaza/Hamas and "neo-Nazism."  There's nothing to "document," really, and feathers will be ruffled.  But it's impossible not to see some similarities between the Palestinians' current plight and that of the Jewish people under Nazi domination.  The differences are also obvious.  In my view, the more apt parallels are with Apartheid South Africa.

I fear we've unleashed a whirlwind here...


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  • Netanyahu as Neo-Nazi? He is Not Alone (Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, USA 05/20/21 4:21 AM)
    It would be wrong to think that Netanyahu alone is a neo-Nazi. The guilt is not his alone. He is simply emboldened by it. When killers walk around saying "Today we are all Nazis," and the world watches, Biden approves more arms to the assassins, then not for a moment should we imagine Netanyhau should bear the guilt alone.

    At the moment though, it seems there is no end to America's love affair with occupation and genocide. Birds of the same feather and all that.


    Here is a report on the Nazis in Occupied Palestine:


    "Today we are Nazis," says member of Israeli Jewish extremist group | The Electronic Intifada


    https://electronicintifada.net/content/today-we-are-nazis-says-member-israeli-jewish-extremist-group/33081


    JE comments:  This neo-Nazi discussion is a distraction, generating too much heat and not enough light.  A fringe extremist's Internet posting does not characterize Israeli views any more than US opinion is represented by the Proud Boys and their ilk.


    What is more alarming in the lengthy article above is the claim that Israeli authorities often turn a blind eye to mob violence from Israel's far right.  Is this a common occurrence, or an isolated incident or two?

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  • What Does It Mean to be a Neo-Nazi? (Tor Guimaraes, USA 05/24/21 1:41 PM)
    My friend Rodolfo Neirotti commented positively about my May 18th post:  "I do not know if Netanyahu is or was a neo-Nazi. It would be interesting to document this information somehow."

    Others have written on this Forum that calling the Prime Minister a neo-Nazi is not constructive. When I call him this, it is indeed totally unproductive, because he does not even know I exist and few people pay attention. But, perhaps if the label is true to his behavior, more people should realize it.


    When I call someone or a nation neo-Nazi, what I mean is their behavior is similar or Nazi-like. It doesn't mean I think they are members of the National Socialist Party. What are the characteristics I associate with the Nazis? To qualify as a neo-Nazi you must have several of these:


    1. Strong nationalist focus to the detriment of mankind;


    2. Regularly show disrespect for science and other people's rights to advance your own opinions;


    3. Obvious willingness to lie shamelessly to anyone about serious issues whenever necessary to accomplish your goals or narrative;


    4. Obvious willingness to commit atrocities against anyone, including innocents, resisting your aggression or obstructing your path to accomplish your goals .


    There might be a few more telltale signs of Nazi behavior, but these four will do for now. I call Netanhayu a neo-Nazi because I certainly continue to see all of these in his behavior over the years. Perhaps if more people acknowledge his criminal behavior, Israel as a nation can reflect the true greatness of the Jewish people in the eyes of mankind.


    JE comments:  An interesting list; we could certainly add more bullet points (militarism above all, as well as racism as a national "project").  And what about the "socialism"?  This aspect of Nazism tends to be overlooked by most. 


    Regarding your second point, Tor, I never saw the (original) Nazis as disdainful of science.  Rather, they harnessed science for its most perverse ends.

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