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Friday, January 27, 2023 

We need to stop using "nazi" as a description of people we don't agree with

Rabbi Yair Hoffmann makes a point, and also notes how a Meretz chairwoman (the party is no longer in the Knesset) and the Satmar clan have something in common:
What do a far left former Meretz leader and a certain Satmar-associated media organization have in common?

They both tweet and they both call other people Nazis. And they both need to stop.
Well, they've both had something else in common as well: anti-Israel/Zionist mentality, and it's caused only so much harm within Israel to boot. If the Meretz party (no longer in the Knesset) ever arranged meetings with Satmar representatives to coordinate certain policies, that wouldn't be shocking at all.
It pretty much happens every year during yeshiva week (the time when many Yeshivots give days off – a winter vacation of sorts). There is some incident with an airline flight attendant or representative. The airline rep – reacts, possibly in a discriminatory manner. And we decide to make an issue of it.

Now, there is nothing wrong with standing up for one’s rights, as long as it is done properly and respectfully. But there is something wrong with name-calling and throwing around accusations of anti-Semitism. Often, the name-calling is someone in the media or someone posting a comment on a website.

A video went around on Tuesday this past week regarding a Monday Delta Airline flight from Fort Lauderdale to LGA wherein a flight attendant informed someone that he had too much carry-on and he needed to check some of the bags. In this case, the preliminary indication is that the stewardess was in the wrong. However, a Twitter account allegedly associated with a Satmar [Aroni follower] feed that reaches 15,000 people called for a boycott of Delta Airlines until they fire the “Nazi" staff member.

And it happened on Wednesday in Israel too,

Former MK Zehava Galon, once the chairwoman of the far-left Meretz party posted a tweet of a photograph of Israel’s National Security Minister Bem Gvir raising up his arm and compared him to Nazis. Shortly after the tweet was posted, Galon came under fire for the Nazi comparison even by some on the Left castigating the Meretz chief’s comment.

Galon was unapologetic
, saying “I deleted the tweet,” Galon wrote in a follow up post. “I am still waiting for racism to be erased from the Knesset.”

Ben-Gvir responded, “The daughter of Holocaust survivors is cheapening and ripping up the [memory] of the holy Six Million. Zehava, what would your mother and father say about this?”
Naturally, it's regrettable Galon did that too, as it does nothing to rebuild any confidence. And the Satmar media company that posted their atrocious message did no favors either. What's really weird, however, is that nobody's willing to consider that "nazi" is acronym for "National Socialist" in Germany, and they probably don't because it would make their usage look all the more offensive as it is.

That aside, of course all this slurring people as "nazis" has got to stop. It's been done for far too long, and takes away attention from far more important matters.

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