Thursday, August 27, 2015

Israel: Controversy erupts over German backed Holocaust-Nakba event planned at Jerusalem think-tank

Via Jerusalem Post (h/t Honestly Concerned):
The right-wing Im Tirtzu organization and the liberal think tank known as the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute have exchanged letters over a planned institute promotion of a book that commemorates together the Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba.

The book, titled The Holocaust and the Nakba: Memory, National Identity, and Jewish- Arab Partnership, is set to be promoted at the institute on September 7. The institute is also listed as one of two publishers of the book.

“The book invites the readers to think of ways to remember and discuss the Holocaust and the Nakba together, and investigate the possibility of such combined thought – not because the events are identical or even similar, but because they are both traumatic and identity- constructing,” stated the Van Leer website.

Segev Israel Afriat, CEO of the NGO Shorashim Shel Netina (Roots of Giving), which supports Holocaust survivors in Israel, wrote a letter on Tuesday to Motzkin, urging him to think twice about holding the event.

The event would be “the first nail in the coffin of the memory of the Holocaust,” said Afriat.

He said that he would be happy to refer him to “thousands of Holocaust survivors that would tell him how such an evening is a cancellation of our history.” 

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