Haaretz, May 13, 2016


As the soldiers transitioned from formations depicting one time-honored symbol to another - a peace dove, a Star of David - they suddenly formed a phrase that should have inspired discomfort in anyone with even the slightest historical knowledge: “one people, one nation.”

It’s a phrase that, if you repeat it in German, in Germany, it is more than likely that you’ll be arrested for incitement.

[...] Israelis are taught a great deal at school about the Holocaust [....] While that is true, what is missing is the intolerance, the violence, the nationalist extremism and the moral deterioration that enabled these traditions to manifest themselves in unspeakable ways. It wasn’t just “Juden raus!” It was also “ein volk, ein reich, ein führer.”