Anti-Zionist Holocaust survivor speaks at Sacramento mosque

This is close to home:

Auschwitz survivor Hajo Meyer makes the 11th stop on his national “Never Again for Anyone” tour at the Sacramento League of Associated Muslims Islamic Center at 7 p.m. [Feb. 16].

Meyer has equated the Holocaust to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories, drawing intense fire from Sacramento’s Jewish community and the Anti-Defamation League.

“Comparing Israel to Nazi Germany is repugnant, anti-Semitic and defiles the sacred memory of millions who perished during the Holocaust,” said Rabbi Reuven H. Taff, president of the 13-member Board of Rabbis of Greater Sacramento, in a civil but emotional exchange of letters with SALAM’s Imam Mohamed Abdul Azeez…

“The event is not going to be canceled,” said Azeez, who encouraged “any of our friends in the Jewish community to attend, ask questions and engage the speakers.”

Azeez noted that eight national organizations and nine local organizations are sponsoring it, including the Florin Japanese American Citizens League and the local chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace…

“You have a Holocaust survivor talking for the first time to the Muslim community about the Holocaust and putting it in a modern context that the rights of all people should be respected,” Azeez said. “The world is changing, and it’s time for us to have more dialogue about these untouchable idols,” such as the Israeli treatment of Palestinians.

The Imam’s response included this very strange distinction:

Azeez agrees that the rabbis raise a legitimate concern – “any attempt to equate the Holocaust with what is happening in Palestine is an atrocity.” Azeez said SALAM’s management will not allow the speakers to compare Israel to the Nazis. — Sacramento Bee

Apparently he thinks that it is fine to accuse Israel of perpetrating a Holocaust against the Palestinian Arabs, but atrocious to compare them to Nazis! I won’t try to understand this.

The premise of “Never again for anyone” is that Israel’s actions in self defense — like the recent mini-war in Gaza — are comparable in intent, if not in scale, to the Nazi Holocaust against European Jews.

This is a lie. It is an invention from whole cloth, without even a shred of truth behind it.

It is being told over and over in the UN, by Israel-hostile NGOs, etc. For example, the UN ‘Human Rights’ Council’s Goldstone report asserts that it was IDF policy to hurt and kill Gaza residents as ‘punishment’ for their support of Hamas. Exactly the opposite is true. But that is normal when the ‘big lie’ technique is employed.

Indeed, the truly genocidal intent belongs to the Palestinian Arab Hamas organization.

The big lie is supported by a whole collection of smaller lies, some of which I listed on Tuesday:

…the IDF shot Mohammad Dura in cold blood, the IDF kills Arabs and takes their organs, thousands were massacred in Jenin in 2003, AIDS and Measles are spread by Jews, Israelis have trained sharks to attack tourists off Egyptian beaches, the IDF shot hundreds of Egyptian prisoners of war in the Sinai in 1967, Ariel Sharon himself shot children to death in Sabra/Shatila, the IDF went into Gaza with orders to kill as many civilians as possible, Israeli soldiers landed on the deck of the Mavi Marmara shooting… I could go on and on.

Hajo Meyer’s experience may qualify him to talk about Nazis, but it does not make him an expert on Zionism and the Palestinian Arabs. In fact, there are perhaps psychological reasons that Holocaust survivors are easy prey for those who distort present-day reality.


The tour is sponsored by American Muslims for Palestine, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) and the Middle East Children’s Alliance. On their highly professional, multilingual website, the IJAN’s charter describes it as

…an international network of Jews who are uncompromisingly committed to struggles for human emancipation, of which the liberation of the Palestinian people and land is an indispensable part. Our commitment is to the dismantling of Israeli apartheid, the return of Palestinian refugees, and the ending of the Israeli colonization of historic Palestine.

Simply: the dissolution of the state of Israel and its replacement by an Arab-dominated state. In practice the implementation of their program would result in a bloody Arab-Jewish war. Rhetoric follows the extreme left-wing post-colonial model. For example,

We pledge to: Oppose Zionism and the State of Israel

Zionism is racist. It demands political, legal and economic power for Jews and European people and cultures over indigenous people and cultures.  Zionism is not just racist but anti-Semitic. It endorses the sexist European anti-Semitic imagery of the effeminate and weak “diaspora Jew” and counters it with a violent and militarist “new Jew,” one who is a perpetrator rather than a victim of racialized violence. Zionism thus seeks to make Jews white through the adopting of white racism against Palestinian people…


Let’s return to Hajo Meyer:

Meyer, in an exclusive interview with The Bee, said he survived 12 years under Hitler and 10 months in Auschwitz. “I have a number on my arm and they dare to call me an anti-Semite?” he said.

Meyer’s anti-Zionism, expressed here as a litany of false or context-free accusations against the state of Israel and his stated commitment to the principles of IJAN calling for the elimination of the Jewish state, clearly meets the Sharansky 3D test for antisemitism (see also my article here).

Meyer thinks that his number somehow immunizes him against accusations of antisemitism. Logically, that’s nonsense.

Is he an antisemite? My answer is yes.

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4 Responses to “Anti-Zionist Holocaust survivor speaks at Sacramento mosque”

  1. georg starkermann says:

    My father and uncle were both Nazis and members of the NSDAP. This is nothing to be proud of these days, but nevertheless it’s a fact. There is no comparison when discussing the Holocaust. The events that encompassed Judaism cannot be compared to anything the Palestinians have suffered or think they have suffered. Likewise, with the exception of Jewish Communists or radical left leaning individuals who feel that to demonize Israel or the Jewish People may win them some points. One cannot comprehend the events starting in 1933 to 1945 as it pertained to the Jews. As a German who is married to a Jewish woman, I cannot figure out why certain Jews want to bash their own people. It is the most bizarre story one can read these days. Hajo Meyer may have numbers on his arm, but I assure you that besides having a screw loose somewhere in his brain, he is not a Holocaust survivor. He may be a witness to the tragedy, but certainly not a survivor.

  2. levari says:

    the sentiments of IJAN are not merely a testimony to how an excess of indulgent pomo education twists the brain, ultimately rendering it incapable of useful critical or logical thought processes, but also how powerful this sort of rhetoric can be. most words you can listen to, and agree or disagree with, or shelve your judgment till more info has been gleaned. this sort of thing–you can only run screaming from the room, lest the insanity prove contagious, and most people are too polite to do so, or consider themselves immune. sadly, it would appear that they are not. hence, i run, and scream.

  3. NormanF says:

    Any one who calls for or endorses Israel’s destruction is an anti-Semite.

    There is no way to eliminate Israel apart from the mass murder – no genocide of the six million Jews who live there.

    And when a Holocaust survivor identifies with this aim, he loses the moral authority conferred on him by his status as a Holocaust survivor. Above all, a Jew who wishes to see other Jews suffer and die has no right to belong in the Jewish people anymore.

    Hajo Meyer is no martyr and someone so evil should not merit the reward of resurrection from the dead in the next world. May his name be blotted out from the House Of Israel.

  4. NormanF says:

    Georg, I do not understand Jewish self-hatred.

    You are a living testimony to the Prophet Ezekiel’s words that the sins of the father shall not pass on to the children nor the sins of the children shall pass on to the father. Each man is responsible for his own fate and if the child is righteous but the father is evil, the child shall be loved by G-d and same if the father is righteous and the child is evil, the child shall be held accountable for his deeds.

    Your father and uncle did evil but you’re a righteous man and are more of a credit with G-d than Meyer will ever be and I am in complete agreement with your observation that he may have lived through the Holocaust but he is no survivor.

    May be you be blessed and have a long life!