But that near-taboo may be eventually broken. The deputy Defense Minister of Israel has used it to describe what Israel intends to do to Palestinians in Gaza if they do not stop the firing of the Qassam rockets.
'Palestinians will bring upon themselves a bigger holocaust because we will use all our might to defend ourselves,' says Deputy Defense Minister Vilnai.It is not unexpected then that Hamas rhetoric is of the same magnitude:
Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said of Vilnai's comments: "We are facing new Nazis who want to kill and burn the Palestinian people."I guess when the carnage intensifies in Gaza (it has already been going on for a while), it will be difficult to restrain many others from using the term that the Israeli Deputy Defense Minister used it to describe his government's intentions.
I also cannot help but remember the numerous times I, and many other Muslims, have been expected to apologize for every stupid statement made by a lowly criminal terrorist, or an ignorant angry preacher anywhere on the planet. I am certain it will not be long before I, or any of the Muslims readers of this blog, or any other Muslim will face the question when a smart Islamophobe (like Daniel Pipes or David Horowitz) will be demanding a proof that we, i.e. Muslims in General, are not inherently antisemitic because we did not go on record denouncing Hamas representative for describing those who threatened his people with a holocaust, of being the new Nazi. As for the original statement threatening Palestinians with a "bigger holocaust", it will soon be forgotten.
We always needed to prove that we do not condone hate and violence. If we do not apologized enough, and repeatedly, we are assumed to be harboring the worst of agendas against non-Muslims and the West. Let us wait to see if anyone will care to apologize for Vilnai's statement, and how high ranking they would be.
This was reported first on YNetNews (an online English version of the major Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth) but I became aware of it when it was reported on Richard Silverstein Tikun Olam Blog. I am gratefulto him for his effort exposing troubling issues like that. Click below to read his comment and analysis - and may be to leave your own comment or thank you note.
Israeli Minister: We Will Bring ‘Holocaust’ on Palestinians