Posted by: Leah | January 10, 2012

Holocaust Analogies in Protests

Last week the Jewish world was outraged when the Haredi community in Israel used yellow stars and striped uniforms in protests that were continuation of the women exclusion issue in Israel.

http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=251820

Now, let me get this straight -there is always this discussion in mass media and certain circles; you know what I mean – the discussion of how Jews market Holocaust, and how they should get over it already; enough is enough. The same discussion leads to the point that since Holocaust is generally being marketed a lot; no surprise Haredi decided to abuse it as well.

I agree with Tim Cole’s opinion that he expressed in his book Selling the Holocaust. Holocaust events and memorials are often too mass marketed and geared towards shocking general public. The history of Holocaust is deeper and more complex than what we are shown.¬†Moreover, Jewish culture and history is more than Holocaust. We are often seen as the nation of sufferers, and people forget that there is also a strong state of Israel that appeared after Holocaust and has been going strong since then.

This being said, the idea that Holocaust is being abused by the Jewish community is sickening for me, and as much as I hate saying these words – you sometimes have to be Jewish to feel it (the same as you have to be a Roma to feel the genocide of Romas).

The problem with the Haredi community and its protests however is not the use of yellow stars at all. It is surprising that they used them, because Haredi community does not teach Holocaust in their schools. The problem with all this turmoil in Israel is that it separates us even further. There have been a way too many Jewish educators and community leaders who condemned Haredi and called them our enemies. This is right in a way. We do have enemies. Our enemies are us. I would really like to see the focus being shifted from how horrible Haredi are to what we can do to make this work.

Make love not war. Oops, sorry. I meant to say make friends not war.

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