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Exploiting Holocaust Remembrance Day

by Stephen Lendman

Israel unjustifiably promotes "unique Jewish suffering."

Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated annually. It runs from sundown April 7 to sunset April 8. This year's theme is "Defiance and Rebellion during the Holocaust: 70 years Since the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising."

Sunday night Warsaw and Jerusalem ceremonies included government officials, dignitaries and holocaust survivors.

At 10AM Monday morning, a two-minute siren echoed across Israel. It marked the beginning of other ceremonies that followed.

Yad Vashem is Israel's official holocaust memorial. It's located on Mount Herzl's western slope on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem. Its complex includes the Holocaust History Museum. It's second only to the Western Wall as Israel's most visited site.

A wreath-laying ceremony was held there. Holocaust victim names were publicly recited all day. Much more takes place annually.

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Never forget. Never again. Hollow words. Other holocausts go unmentioned. More on that below. 

Norman Finkelstein's "The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering" discusses its politicization and commercialization. 

He documents distortions and deceptions. He quotes former Israeli official Abba Eban saying "There's no business like Shoah business."

He explains the myth of "unique Jewish suffering." It's connected to power politics. Vested interests take full advantage. Israeli criticism is deflected. Anti-Semitism accusations target those who dare. Crimes of war and against humanity go unmentioned.

Holocaust imagery rationalizes occupation harshness, dispossessions, and other international law violations.

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Yom HaShoah promoters ignore other human suffering. They characterize Hitler's terror as unique. They're mindless of other genocides much greater. 

In WW II, three times as many Slavs died as Jews. America's Native American genocide was perhaps the greatest ever. Who knows? Who honors the victims? Who cares? 

Those who do call it the "500 year war." "The world's longest holocaust in the history of mankind and loss of human lives." "500 years of hate crimes." 

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