This is a guest post from Levitt and is part two of his review of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign meeting he went to hear Stephen Sizer speak at.
The picture here is one, which is synonymous with the Holocaust. It was taken in the Warsaw Ghetto. According to Wikipedia, 254,000 Ghetto residents were sent to Treblinka extermination camp, which was reported to have 800,000 Jewish people. 50,000 were annihilated in the Ghetto uprising, taking the total of Polish Jews who lost their lives in the Warsaw Ghetto at least 300,000. The figures are shocking, but for me they are personal because some of my ancestors lost their lives in that Ghetto.
Stephen Sizer was introduced at the meeting I attended by Tony Gratrex. So who is Tony Gratrex? He is the organiser for the Reading Palestine Solidarity Campaign. As previously reported on this website, he is identified as having anti-Semitic prejudices. According to Tony, the Jewish people control the media, and global financing. He also believes the Holocaust is just an industry to allow the Jewish people to blackmail the world. What interesting friends you keep Sizer!
After the introduction Sizer started his presentation, and gave the “historical perspective” on the state of Israel. I had hoped for a balanced history lesson, after all Sizer, calls himself an expert. It wasn’t. I could understand some bias towards the Arabs, after all that is his cause. But Sizer seeks to revise history to his own agenda. Let me give you an illustration of what he does.
During his presentation, he showed the picture above and others showing Jewish people suffering in World War 2. This is what he said, “Then we had the, Second World War. A massive a number of Jewish immigrants seeking a home and Britain restricting the numbers that were allowed in to Palestine.” He didn’t use the word Holocaust to describe the pictures once. Neither did he use the word Genocide. Just a couple of sentences, a few seconds, where we are told it was just a Jewish migration issue. A bit difficult to argue it is voluntary migration when you see a picture of child with a gun at his head. You would have thought World War 2, and the Holocaust is an important bit of history that should be communicated when discussing how we got the State of Israel.
So for Sizer’s benefit let me give a quick historical perspective on how we got to where we are with the State of Israel. The above picture is probably one of the most famous pictures of World War II, and so a good choice. It was part of the 75 page leather-bound souvenir album originally titled, “The Jewish Quarter is no more!”, now called the Jurgen Stroop Report which was sent to Heinrich Himmler. He was overseer of the concentration and extermination camps, and coordinated the killing of six million Jews. Let’s be clear, the Jews didn’t migrate themselves voluntarily to these extermination camps, they were deported by force and then there was mass killing, genocide, by the gas chambers.
The problem for Sizer, is that the Holocaust, is an inconvenient historical truth, and a major reason why we have the Jewish State of Israel. Although he may not explicitly deny the Holocaust, by revising history he removes it. He only used the Holocaust word once, and that was in the context of “getting over it”, and repenting of the guilt. The Holocaust is a major reason why we have the State of Israel, and not a minor one that can be ignored. To refer to the Holocaust as just an immigration issue is a huge misjudgment. But when you keep the company Sizer keeps, you can understand why he would not discuss the Holocaust.