The following are extracts from Lorrie Goldstein’s article “Liberals don’t own the Jewish vote” (1) appearing in the Toronto Sun on February 3rd, 2016:
“While many Jews were offended by Trudeau’s Holocaust omission, mainstream Jewish organizations tended to downplay it… Indeed, some didn’t publicly refer to the controversy prior to the Sun writing about it, and when they did, accepted the explanation from the Prime Minister’s Office it was a mistake… I, too, take the PMO’s word it was inadvertent, although I will be watching closely from now on since it was such a bizarre omission.” We are then told that “Whatever happened, it re-enforced the conviction among many Jews that the Liberals under Trudeau will not be the staunch allies of Israel as the Conservatives were under Prime Minister Stephen Harper.”
(The above and any other emphasis in this post has been added by me unless otherwise stated).
At issue is Justin Trudeau’s Jan. 27th statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day (2) which reads in its entirety as follows:
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust:
“On this day, we pay tribute to the memory of the millions of victims murdered during the Holocaust. We honour those who survived atrocities at the hands of the Nazi regime, and welcome their courageous stories of hope and perseverance.
“The Holocaust is a stark reminder of the dangers and risks of allowing hate, prejudice, and discrimination to spread unchallenged. It also reminds us that silence must never be an option when humanity is threatened.
“As we pause to educate ourselves and our families on the bitter lessons of the Holocaust, we also strengthen our resolve to work with domestic and international partners to continue defending human rights and condemning intolerance.”
So why did Trudeau’s words cause so much concern? The headline for a covering story in Germany’s “The Algemeiner” the following day says it all: “Social media lights up with outrage over Canadian PM’s Holocaust Remembrance Statement with no mention of Jews, antisemitism” (3).
And there you have it. As I said in a letter to the Toronto Sun about Goldstein’s column, which letter has not been published as at the time of writing and I’m not holding my breath: “Looking at Trudeau’s statement, it seems to cover all the bases by capitalizing the first letter of the word “Holocaust”; that style of presentation has become identified as referring specifically to the events in Germany impacting the Jewish people some 70 to 80 years ago. The very term “Holocaust” is an iconic word, immediately identifying Jewish suffering. Holocaust denial is illegal in 14 European nations, and just expressing doubt about the scale of the atrocities can earn a jail term in a number of countries. I am aware that mention of the massacre of Armenian Christians by the Turks some 100 years ago has in the past provoked an outcry from Jewish organizations, seemingly eager to maintain a monopoly on victim-hood. Just writing this letter would likely earn me a jail term in several countries… can anyone explain this to me?”
In a letter which the Toronto Sun published on Feb. 8th (4), Grace Kobialka says in part: “I live here in Canada for so many years now and still hear Jews get offended when the Holocaust is mentioned, but the bow to Jews is not done. I never heard Poles demanding apologies for the Holocaust or apologies for not mentioning Poles who died in it. It’s not Poles’ fault Hitler decided to build his concentration camps where he did, but I never heard any Polish people demanding an apology from Germans for that.”
I think we know why the Holocaust must always specifically refer to Jews and anti-Semitism. As Goldstein’s column shows, the phenomenon I will call “Holocaust subservience” is seen by Jews as an indicator of support for the State of Israel, and in addition, the historical record shows that the Holocaust is a psychological weapon used to continually extract money and privileges from Germany – even though most living Germans weren’t even born when those events took place – and to assist in extracting political, economic and military support for Israel throughout the Western world, and in particular from the United States.
As Ezra Levant has written, the Canadian Jewish Congress helped to organise the Canadian Nazi Party, and hired an ex-cop named John Garrity to obtain a key position running and directing it, back in the 1960’s (5). As Levant tells us, “(But) the CJC wanted to bring in political censorship laws and I believe they needed to build up the threat to persuade Parliament to abridge Canada’s freedom of speech… And, sure enough, Parliament enacted section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which censors offensive speech.”
I think that last part, “offensive speech”, refers to censoring any criticism of Israel, its brutal military occupation of Palestine, and the relentless expansion of illegal settlements which now have over half a million Israelis living in Palestinian territory. And in that respect, the recent repealing of the notorious “Section 13” has caused supporters of the Holocaust to scramble for other means of enforcing strict adherence to their version of events.
These self-serving Jewish maneuverings are blatantly manipulative and very annoying, so I will finish with just one more example involving a mural at Toronto’s York University, which equates a Palestinian holding a stone and facing a bulldozer, with the story of David and Goliath (6). Philanthropist Paul Bronfman reacted by withdrawing thousands of dollars worth of services and equipment from York’s film programme, and has been quoted as follows: “It made me sick to my stomach and very angry… It’s subtly anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. It’s anti-Canadian”.
And there you have it. If you are not “pro-Israel” by supporting the brutal military occupation of Palestine and the ever-expanding illegal “settlements”, then you are “anti-Canadian”.
Such vulgar presumptions are both ridiculous and insulting. Don’t fall for them.
(1) – Read “Liberals don’t own the Jewish vote” here.
(2) – Read “Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Holocaust Remembrance Day” here.
(3) – Read “Social media lights up with outrage” here.
(4) – Read “No apologies” by Grace Kobialka here.
(5) – Read “Canadian Jewish Congress Organized Nazis Party” (sic) here.
(6) – Read “Toronto film executive pulls support for York University film program over Israel mural” here.