Toronto Star Commentators Compare Israel’s Creation (Described As “Nakba”) With The Holocaust

October 19, 2023

Less than two weeks after the deadliest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust, a cacophony of voices are already seeking to reframe the conflict between Israel and Hamas, a genocidal Islamist terrorist organization which seeks to destroy Israel.

In an opinion column published on October 17 in The Toronto Star entitled: “In the Israel-Palestine war human rights must prevail,” Sharry Aiken, an associate professor at Queen’s University, Alex Neve, former secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, and Michael Lynk, former UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory and a noted anti-Israel detractor, saw the three authors misinform, obfuscate and mislead readers into believing that Israel and Hamas share equal blame for the current violence taking place.

The authors rightly describe the horror that took place during Hamas’ October 7 massacre in Israel, before turning to Israel’s military targeting of Hamas infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, calling it a “virtual open-air prison.”

But Israel did not launch military action in Gaza simply as revenge for Hamas’ terrorist attack; it did so in an attempt to degrade Hamas’ capabilities to murder Israeli civilians. And while it is undoubtable that Palestinian civilians have died in Gaza, they died unequivocally due to Hamas’ intentional blending of its fighters within civilian buildings, using Palestinians (and now, Israeli hostages) as human shields, and even refusing to let Palestinians flee Gaza City for safety, as the Israeli military has strongly recommended in order to minimize civilian casualties.

Hamas doesn’t only see Israeli and Jewish lives as dispensable; it sees Palestinian lives as just as easily spent.

The three authors also mentioned that “as we write, horrifying reports are coming in that at least 300 people have been killed in an explosion at Gaza’s Al-Ahli Arabi Baptist Hospital.” While they did not explicitly blame Israel, it has now become clear that the culprit is almost certainly Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), another Gaza-based Islamist terrorist group.

While the authors maintain that “It is beyond debate that Israeli security forces, Hamas, other armed Palestinian groups, and their backers have all committed grave breaches, violations and abuses of international humanitarian and human rights laws,” they make no distinction between the intentional targeting of innocent civilians for rape, torture, murder and kidnapping, as Hamas has long done, and Israel, which aims to protect its population from those unspeakable crimes against humanity.

The column’s descent into moral ambiguity continues when the authors write that “Now is also the necessary time to acknowledge that Palestinians and Jews, in the Middle East and the diaspora, share a history of intergenerational trauma in al-Nakba and the Holocaust.”

Al-Nakba, or Arabic for catastrophe, is a term used by Palestinians to describe Israel’s independence in 1948, and which today carries the unambiguous connotation that Israel has no right to exist. In contrast, the Holocaust was the systematic mass extermination of six million European Jews by the Nazi regime in World War Two. To compare the two is extraordinarily offensive to the very concept of history.

There is no comparison whatsoever with the Holocaust and the so-called “nakba,” which was an Arab refusal to accept Israel’s independence, and the subsequent Arab-led war which sought to destroy the nascent Jewish State, only three years after the defeat of Hitler’s Nazis, and such a monstrous juxtaposition is loathsome. Israel’s independence in 1948 represented the first time in 1,900 years that the Jewish People had self-determination in their historic homeland, yet to these columnists, that is akin to the genocide of European Jewry.

The authors end with the call to “give human rights a chance,” a meaningless statement that does nothing to hold Hamas accountable for its crimes against humanity, and only serves to encourage Canadian policy makers to call on Israel to refuse to defend its citizens against Hamas’ medieval death cult.

Against an enemy as bloodthirsty and demonic as Hamas, Israel has no choice but to seek to defeat it as entirely as possible. To follow the advice of Aiken, Lynk and Neve is to see terrorist and victim, arsonist and firefighter, as no different from one another. Their “advice” should be promptly ignored for the patent absurdity it is.

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