The Challenge of Holocaust Inversion

(Jerusalem Post) Isi Leibler - Holocaust inversion involves successful efforts to demonize Israelis as Nazis for allegedly committing war crimes against Palestinians. The first serious study of this phenomenon appears in an important book, The Abuse of Holocaust Memory: Distortions and Responses, by Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, published jointly by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and the Anti-Defamation League. Gerstenfeld systematically defines the new anti-Semitism, presents a chronology of its development, provides an analysis of its various components (including dejudaization, obliteration of Holocaust memory, trivialization, equivalence and inversion), and draws a template for how it should be neutralized. Combating Holocaust inversion, he concludes, "requires first understanding the nature of the abuse, which must then be followed by exposing the perpetrators who must be turned into the accused."

2009-12-18 08:39:24

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