Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Among the Righteous

As is widely known, Holocaust denial is rampant in Arab lands, and Mein Kampf remains a perennial favorite. David Pryce-Jones summed up Arab attachment to the Nazis and the Holocaust well, almost a decade ago:
In today's Muslim and Arab world, Hitler and the Holocaust are labels bandied about without regard to historical truth, in order to promote hatred on the one hand, and self-pity on the other — twin signals of intellectual and moral failure.
Arab denial of the Holocaust is not a stand-alone weapon of self-radicalism, but part and parcel of a culture and society, beginning in the intelligentsia itself, that bitterly negates Jewish identity at its core, violently clamoring for a people's extinction even as it disowns it of right to memory. In the same breath, a denial of Jewish martyrdom and its perpetuation, one dependent on the other. Most grotesquely, in a showmanship that reduces European notions of "Total War" to shame, Arab intellectuals hold Arab identity and future hostage to Jewish death and submission.

All well and good, in the grand scheme of Jewish survival, but where to go from here? It is a peculiarity of Jewish existence, given an often bleak past, that many among us seek to highlight the exceptions to history. Do individual acts of mercy temper national acts of brutality? Going forward, do they provide a counter-narrative of compassion and humanity more appealing than hatred?

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