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Tuesday, July 20, 2021 

Yair Lapid minimizes Holocaust in a most absurd way

The fraudulent foreign minister in Israel caused some real disgust with the way he spoke about the Holocaust:
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid garnered harsh criticism Wednesday after stating that antisemitism did not target Jews alone, but was rather part of a "broader family of hate."

In a speech he gave at a conference organized by the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, he said: "Antisemites weren't only in the Budapest ghetto. Antisemites were [also] slave traders who threw slaves bound together with chains into the ocean.

"Antisemites were [also] members of the Hutu tribe in Rwanda who slaughtered members of the Tutsi tribe," he said, adding that "Muslim fanatics," such as the Islamic State and Boko Haram, and those who kill gay people, were also antisemites.

Lapid's remarks were immediately condemned by right-wing Knesset members and Jewish organizations.

Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu called the foreign minister's statement "outrageous and irresponsible."

"Lapid's comments minimize the uniqueness of the hatred of Jews in history, and the span of the tragedy of the Holocaust which destroyed a third of our people," Netanyahu tweeted.
Here is the problem: rather than make a point that antisemites can also be/are racists and sexists, and aren't always limited to just one form of bigoted viewpoint, Lapid chose to make it sound like victims of anti-Black racism in Africa were also victims of antisemitism per se, even though the subject of antisemitism isn't what applies there, since the victims weren't of Israeli ethnicity. So why did Lapid do that? What he should've done was argue that we should make sure we don't limit our worries to just antisemitism, but also to racism against other races, nationalities and ethnicities too (by the way, how come he didn't seem to bring up women's rights? I honestly think there's something wrong when such politicians can't make the case as they do with LGBT topics).

Here's an op-ed on the news from Uri Cohen:
The correct description for Yair Lapid's speech before the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism can be found in the poem by the Israeli poet Alexander Penn: It was or it wasn't? Naivety or stupidity? Even in the left-wing press they said: "It is doubtful if Yair Lapid thought about the significance of his speech before he delivered it. Had he thought about and understood its significance beforehand, it is doubtful that he would have delivered it." (Nir Guntaz, Haaretz, Feb. 17). In any event, the harm done by this speech is serious, and is liable to have far-reaching ramifications for the Jewish people.

Why did he say these troubling things at all? The Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister "normalized" antisemitism and its most serious consequence in the twentieth century – the Holocaust. In a single breath, Lapid dismantled the idea of antisemitism's uniqueness, which led in the modern era to the Holocaust for European Jewry, almost completely eliminating them from the face of the earth. He transformed the most violent hunt and cruel murder that was ever carried out against any group into something similar to any violent conflict. And if the Lapid who leads the camp today thinks like this, why silence those who, for political purposes, seek to dismantle the Holocaust's meaning and turn it into one of many banal violent episodes, thus draining it of its significance.
What Lapid's done causes terrible damage, and no matter how willing he was to acknowledge Islamofascism, it doesn't counteract the poor approach he employed. This is just another example of how bad he is as a politician, along with Naftali Bennett.

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