Red Ronnie has perfected a machine gun response to ‘debating’ the Middle East conflict; continuously firing a diverse range of egregious accusations against the Jewish State. As a result it will take us some time to properly fisk all the outrageous charges he has made in his response to Anthony Posner and his open letter to the South African Jewish Report. As Churchill once observed ‘A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on’. And so much more so in a globalised world. Nevertheless we intend, time permitting, to debunk the Minister’s anti-Israel propaganda bit by bit.
For me the most disturbing aspect of Kasrils’ response was his claim that ‘When the Israeli military levelled a part of Jenin to the ground in 2002 one of their commanders revealed they had been studying the suppression of the Warsaw Ghetto resistance by the Nazi storm-troopers.’ The accusation Kasrils is making is that not only does Israel behave like the Nazis in an abstract sense but they actually study Nazi ethnic cleansing techniques against fellow Jews in order to perfect them on the Palestinians.
This is a truly ghastly charge but one that is blatantly untrue. On examining the evidence, it becomes clear that Kasrils has tampered with the facts in order to promote his insidious jihad against the Jewish State. Red Ronnie did after all see up close the art of propaganda performed by the masters in the former Soviet Union.
Our Intelligence Minister’s probable source for this claim is an article entitled ‘We stand with the Palestinians’ that was published in the 12 April 2002 edition of the Socialist Worker, a weekly newspaper published by the International Socialist Organisation in America. This scathing article on Israel’s anti-terror tactics during operation Defensive Shield quotes an Israeli Defence Force commander proposing that
|‘If our job is to seize a densely packed refugee camp or take over the Nablus casbah, and if this job is given to an officer to carry out without casualties on both sides, he must before all else analyze and bring together the lessons of past battles, even--shocking though this might appear--to analyze how the German army operated in the Warsaw ghetto.’|
The Socialist Worker cites an article published a month earlier (March 2002) in the Israeli newspaper Maariv as its source. The liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported a similar quote, in an article entitled ‘At the gates of Yassergrad’ by Amir Oren on 25 January 2002. Oren writes:
|‘In order to prepare properly for the next campaign, one of the Israeli officers in the territories said not long ago, it's justified and in fact essential to learn from every possible source. If the mission will be to seize a densely populated refugee camp, or take over the casbah in Nablus, and if the commander's obligation is to try to execute the mission without casualties on either side, then he must first analyze and internalize the lessons of earlier battles - even, however shocking it may sound, even how the German army fought in the Warsaw ghetto.’|
It's important to note is what the officer actually ‘revealed’. Kasrils claims that the officer revealed that the IDF has actually been physically studying the Nazi destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto. But in reality the officer stated nothing of the sort. He proposed that the fight for the Warsaw Ghetto be studied; he did not say it had in fact been studied as Kasrils claims. It is absurd to hold the entire Israeli army accountable for the idea (not even the actions) of one officer.
Even more important however is to look closely at the officer’s intentions for proposing that the Warsaw Ghetto uprising (and all other earlier battles for that matter) be studied. Kasrils implies that the IDF’s objective was to perfect Nazi methods of death and destruction. But this could not be further from the truth. The officer makers it clear that the purpose of his proposal (which he openly acknowledges as sounding shocking) is to try to execute the mission without casualties on either side. Could anything be less Nazi like and more Jewish than this?
Kasrils, in the most despicable way, has distorted the truth to foment anti-Israel hate in South Africa. His mentors at the Soviet newspaper Pravda would be proud.