Tomorrow, January 27th, is Holocaust Remembrance Day. On that day, we are asked to remember the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews and even more millions of others, and draw lessons from such a horrific period in history so that nothing like it ever happens again.
I am a Jew. My Jewish grandfather and his brother emigrated to the U.S. in the early 20th century. The rest of the family stayed behind.
One day, the Nazis invaded their hometown in Belarus. They massacred all the Jews, including my grandfather’s family. They were a drop in the bucket of 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazi genocide called the Holocaust. Those 6 million murdered Jews formed the largest group of the 17 million innocents murdered by the Nazis, including Romany, gays, and disabled people.
As not just the descendent of victims of Nazi genocide, but as a human being, I must condemn genocide. Therefore I condemn the State of Israel.
I condemn the mass murder of innocent civilians through bombs, gunfire, starvation, disease, torture, and denial of medical care.
I condemn the murder of good people who are bravely put their lives on the line to help the victims: medical workers, first responders, and journalists who try to tell the world what is happening.
I condemn societies based on racism, inequality, paranoia, hatred of others, historical lies, and toxic mythologies.
I condemn the cultivation, on a societal scale, of our most filthy and dishonorable impulses, that turn ordinary citizens into monsters who not only accept but cheer on the mass murder of their neighbors.
I condemn the failure to learn anything from the pain, suffering and slaughter of our own family members.
I condemn using my identity, my culture, my religion, and the murder of my ancestors to justify even more murders.
I condemn the notion of eternal victimhood that we use to justify our own evil deeds, blinding us to the pain we inflict on others.
I condemn a state which appropriates an entire religion and claims to speak for everyone of that particular religion when it has no authority to do so.
I condemn a state that commits crimes against humanity in the name of that religion, while claiming to make the world safe for those who belong to that religion, when in reality its existence makes the world less safe for them.
I condemn the country of my birth, the U.S.A., for actively and unconditionally supporting genocide by supplying the instruments of death and destruction to the war criminals in Israel.
I condemn the U.S.A. for propping up this brutal regime for many years, with taxpayer money, and punishing those who opposed this policy.
I condemn the U.S.A. and its media for supporting Israel’s lies, stifling inquiry, and helping to keep U.S. citizens ignorant or misinformed of the issues.
I condemn the leaders of the many countries who ignore the demands of their citizens and refuse to call for a ceasefire in Gaza.
I, along with thousands of Jews across the world, demand not just a ceasefire now, but a permanent end to Israel’s war on Gaza.
An end to Israel’s occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.
The end of U.S. military aid to Israel.
That the State of Israel be formally charged with committing crimes against humanity and genocide. (Bravo, South Africa, for putting the ball in motion.) That the countries that enable Israel’s crimes also be held accountable.
That the Palestinian victims of Israel’s war be given the help they need to recover, to the extent that recovery is possible.
That a serious effort is made to solve the solution of statehood once and for all.
To my Jewish family and friends who support this so-called “war”, if you’ve read this far:
My words are not against you. They are against the sick and rotten system that you were unfortunate enough to have been born into, which tainted me as well, as a Jew from the U.S.A. If you believe I’m your enemy, you’re mistaken. I wish us all safe travels on the bumpy road to the rest of humanity.
And please, Israel:
Stop committing obscenities in the name of God and our murdered relatives. Because I can think of nothing more obscene than that.