Top Holocaust scholar blasts 'Holocaust-abuse' by U.S., Israeli politicians

b_200_0_16777215_00_http___www.haaretz.com_polopoly_fs_7.123.1288802025!_image_2358286532.gif_gen_derivatives_default_2358286532.gif December 16, 2011


Renowned Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt says that American and Israeli politicians who invoke the Holocaust for contemporary political purposes are engaging in “Holocaust abuse”, which is similar to “soft-core denial” of the Holocaust.

“I think it is dangerous, just plain dangerous. (...)

Deborah Lipstadt - AP - 2000
Deborah Lipstadt - AP - 2000

Prof. Deborah Lipstadt, Jan 11, 2000.

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“You listen to Newt Gingrich talking about the Palestinians as an ‘invented people’ – it’s out-Aipacking AIPAC, it’s out-Israeling Israel,” she said. “There’s something about it that’s so discomforting. It’s not healthy. It’s a distortion,” she said.

She also used the word “despicable” to describe settlers who use the term “Nazi” against IDF soldiers. “And it’s so inaccurate. And it’s such an abuse of history. The people who started it know it’s not true, but the kids, the yeshiva kids, and the high school kids – they don’t know it’s not true. And so when real Nazism comes around - no one will recognize it.”

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