Holocaust trivialization

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Holocaust trivialization is the downplaying of the Holocaust, the state-controlled mass-murder of over ten million innocent civilians—in a consisted plan to erase entire groups of people who by birth were linked to what the Nazis regarded as less than human), usually by creating false equivalencies between the genocide and events whose atrociousness is magnitudes less. Trivialization of the Holocaust is considered to be a prominent form of antisemitism[1] because it mocks the suffering and deaths of millions of innocent Jews.

Trivializing the Holocaust can range from showing a total disregard when attempting to dramatize for politics to ad hoc cruelty.

Radical left

Neo-Marxist leftists, who senselessly invoke Godwin's Law, frequently make outlandish Holocaust comparisons. For instance, progressive leader Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared strict border policies in the Trump era to the Shoah, a remark condemned by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.[2]

Islamist sympathizer and antisemitic Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar has attacked Jewish colleagues in her own party and claimed her own sufferings be of a greater extent than that of Holocaust survivor descendants.[3]

ME conflict

See also: Nazism at Arab Palestinians
Halawa at BBC[4]
Grinning at vile comparison[5]
Grinning at vile comparison[6]

Among anti-Israel radical "Palestinian-ism" related propagandists, demonizing rhetoric is often accompanied with a cynical grinning smile[5][6] (at "protests") in order to hurt feelings, indirect little nod to Hitler's work or even a direct support,[7] all at the same time. Of course, this, like all intolerance manifestations, entails many different levels of malice.

This phenomenon has no contradictory problem with praising Hitler on one hand and make vile comparisons on the other. One of the outrageous manifestation is, for instance, Palestinian Authority using WWII death camp photos and claiming it is in the Middle East conflict. Or its leader using the "Holocaust" term[8] on the conflict related killings.

Arab-Palestinians have been: belittling the Holocaust;[9][10] making Holocaust inversion;[11][12] uttering fake comparisons - knowingly lying;[13] even perversion;[14][9][15][16][17] hijacking Holocaust terminology to perpetuate falsities and demonize.[18]


  1. [1][2][3].About the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism, ADL, 02.19.2021.

    The definition states:

    “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
  2. Steinbuch, Yaron (June 24, 2019). US Holocaust museum denounces AOC’s ‘concentration camp’ remarks. New York Post. Retrieved January 11, 2023.
  3. O'Neil, Tyler (June 30, 2021). That's Rich: Ilhan Omar Says She's Suffered More Than Descendants of Holocaust Survivors. PJ Media. Retrieved January 11, 2023.
  4. Adam Forrest, "BBC investigating journalist who tweeted ‘Hitler was (sic) right’", Independent, May 24, 2021.

    Public broadcaster taking social media posts from 2014 ‘very seriously’. One of Ms Halawa’s tweets from 2014, unearthed by the Honest Reporting media monitoring group, said “Israel is more (sic) Nazi than Hitler” – before adding: “Hitler was (sic) right.”...

    Ms Halawa also responded to an Israel-based Twitter user, who had disputed Palestinian casualty figures, by saying: “ur media is produced by ur zionist government in order 2 produce ignorant people.”

    The journalist is now working as a Palestinian affairs specialist for BBC Monitoring – part of the BBC’s World Service output – and has been covering the recent conflict in Gaza.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Nathan Posner, Pro-Palestinians Protest Outside Israeli Consulate, atlantajewishtimes, 19 May 2021.

    Hundreds of pro-Palestine supporters gathered outside of Israeli Consulate, calling for an end to the state of Israel...

    ...Supporters of Palestine protest holding signs comparing the Jewish state to the N...
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mallory Simon, Young Jewish Americans rocked by new hate fueled by Israel-Palestinian conflict, CNN, May 25, 2021.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Antisemitism Unleashed, WJC, 20 May 2021.
  8. Berlin police investigate Abbas’ Holocaust comments, AP, August 19, 2022.
  9. 9.0 9.1 search at PalWatch
  10. David Israel, Jason Greenblatt: PLO Official Rajoub Must Apologize to Jewish Holocaust Survivors, JP, Feb 22, 2019.
    On Thursday night, Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations tweeted: “Jibril Rajoub, a Senior Fatah Palestinian official says: ‘Since the 1967 [war], we have been living in camps similar to Nazi camps…’ My reply: Those Jews who were slaughtered in the Nazi death camps & those who survived actual Nazi camps, deserve an apology for this outrageous comment” “There is no comparison whatsoever,” Greenblatt added. “The shamefulness of his rhetoric is only eclipsed by the deafening silence resulting from the lack of condemnation from the PA and from others.”
  11. Martin Kramer, "Gaza Equals..." Aug 26, 2014. [4] [5].

    ... British novelist Howard Jacobson explained [6] why “call[ing] the Israelis Nazis and liken[ing] Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto” goes far beyond mere “criticism” of Israel: Berating Jews with their own history, disinheriting them of pity, as though pity is negotiable or has a sell-by date, is the latest species of Holocaust denial. . . . Instead of saying the Holocaust didn’t happen, the modern sophisticated denier accepts the event in all its terrible enormity, only to accuse the Jews of trying to profit from it, either in the form of moral blackmail or downright territorial theft. According to this thinking, the Jews have betrayed the Holocaust and become unworthy of it, the true heirs to their suffering being the Palestinians. No Auschwitz or Warsaw ghetto for Abu El-Haj. But Dresden and Tokyo—why not? So what if Israel, unlike the Allies in World War II, warns civilians of impending strikes and, again unlike the Allies, eschews area bombardment and incendiary bombs? So what if one night of bombing over Tokyo killed 50 times as many as Israel’s month-long campaign in Gaza? When you see four boys dead on a Gaza beach, Abu El-Haj wants you to “recall,” with her, the 40,000 civilians killed in Hamburg. (Sorry, the actual figure was 42,000—but what’s another 2,000 here or there? Either way, the entire toll in Gaza fits into the margin of error of one firebombing in World War II.) Might the Israelis, in their targeting, ever commit something as human as a mistake, even a negligent one? No, they’re far too inhuman for that: when they kill, it’s always “premeditated.” “Nothing Unintentional” is the delicate title of Abu El-Haj’s article, which might as well have been called “Baby-Killers.”

    There is such a thing as legitimate criticism of Israel, and there is such a thing as crossing the line into demonization and, to put it plainly, Jew-baiting. The analogies spewed by Columbia’s tenured professors are of the latter kind, and are obscene. Jew-baiting covers a wider range than anti-Semitism, and Holocaust inversion is its favorite technique. Jew-baiting is the demand that Israel and its supporters explain [7] why Gaza isn’t like a Nazi extermination camp or a starved ghetto for the doomed, or why a targeted air campaign isn’t just like the incineration of Dresden.
  12. Canadian Jewish review, January 4, 1963, page 1.

    Israel At U. N. Says Arabs Link with Nazis in Anti-Semitism.

    Israel accused Arab representatives of cooperating with Neo Nazi and Fascist groups in the United States, Latin America and elsewhere, to exploit Anti-Semitism as a political weapon. The charges by Michael S. Comay, Israel's parliament representative were made in reply to United Arab speeches... "It would be a sad day for the United Nations if it were to become indifferent or insensitive to any renewal of the Nazi spirit," he said... Mr. Comay's strongest protests were leveled at speeches by Ahmad Shuqairy, of Saydi Arabia and Hussein Zulficar Sabri, of the United Arab Republic. Minister of State for United Nations Affairs in the Saudi Government 'saluted' the 'Tacuara' movement in Argentina, which is regarded as a Nazi like association promoting anti-Semitic views. His speech was assailed by both Argentinian and Chilean delegates. "This episode in the debate has serious implications," Mr. S. Comay said, reports the New York Times. "We would hope that Mr. Shukairy's blessing bestowed upon the Tacuara group will serve to focus attention on this phenomenon and produce a backwash of public sentiment inside and outside the United Nations." The Israeli delegate said Mr. Sabri's technique was a "little less clumsy." It consisted, he said, of "trying to pin the Nazi label onto Israel and Zionism, in the hope that the public mind may be confused as between Hitlerism and those to whom it has caused such untold suffering. "The public mind will draw its own conclusions," he said. Mr. Comay remarked that the activities of known Nazis in the Cairo Government had become well-known. He specifically mentioned Johannes Von Leers, a propaganda expert in Hitler's Government, who, Mr. Comay said, has become "Cairo's top adviser" on anti-Semitism. He also mentioned Maj. Leopold Gleim and Maj. Bernard Bender as former Gestapo officers now holding high posts in "the secret police in the United Arab Republic. Mr. Comay expressed surprise that a spokesman had been a close associate of the former Mufti of Jerusalem, a Hitler collaborator.

    Of the 12,000,000 civilians murdered in Nazi-occupied Europe, half were Jews, Mr. Comay declared, and thousands of Jewish survivors found their way to Israel after the war, says the New York Times. "These are among people whom Mr. Sabri and Mr. Shukairy and their friends have the monumental indecency to smear as Nazis and Fascists," he said.
  13. Alana Goodman, Hamas and Fatah Team Up to Oppose Holocaust History in Palestinian Schools, Commentary Magazine, March 1, 2011.
    There's no doubt that Hamas and Fatah are concerned that the curriculum would generate sympathy for Jews among Palestinian youth. But it's also likely that the two parties are worried about something else — that these lesson plans will unravel the lie that modern-day Israel is comparable to Nazi Germany.
  14. Leon Wieseltier, Palestinian Perversion of the Holocaust, The New York Times, June 12, 1988
  15. The Swastika Returns, WSJ, April 9, 2002.

    For most people, the Nazi swastika means one thing -- the Holocaust. So strong is this vile association with the Nazi slaughter of 12 million people, including six million Jews, that in some European countries, its display or sale can be a crime. So it is nothing short of shocking that in the past two weeks, posters, graffiti and placards have proliferated across the Continent displaying variations on the same theme: star of david and a swastika linked with an equals sign. Which is to say, the Israelis are now (supposedly) Nazis.

    The attempt to compare the 2,000 or so Palestinian deaths over the last 18 months -- most of them the result of armed combat with Israelis -- to Hitler's systematic massacre of millions of Jews in gas chambers and death camps would be absurd if it were not so insidious. But the analogy is not merely inaccurate.

    Tying the Jews to the Holocaust in this way has a special resonance that is as old and evil as anti-Semitism itself. For it is not simply that the Jewish state is being falsely accused of genocide, but specifically of the same genocide of which they were themselves the victims. Tying Israel to Hitler and his crimes has a way of appearing to excuse the real Holocaust. Binding together Israel and Nazi Germany in this way thus has the benefit of relieving Europe's lingering, deep-seated guilt over the Holocaust.
  16. Allegation: Israel’s Actions Against the Palestinians Can be Compared to the Nazis, ADL.

    The murder of six million Jews and millions of others carried out by the Nazis and their collaborators was the largest recorded genocide in modern history. Absolutely no comparison can be made between the complex Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the atrocities committed by the Nazis against the Jews.

    While one can criticize Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, in contrast to the Holocaust, there is not now, nor has there been, a significant Israeli ideology, movement, policy or plan to exterminate the Palestinian population.

    The Nazis’ “final solution” to the “Jewish problem” was the deliberate, systematic and mechanized extermination of European Jewry. Hitler’s final solution led to the calculated, premeditated murder of six million Jews and the destruction of thriving Jewish communities across Europe.

    Israel says that its policies towards the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are based on security concerns and the need to defend its population in the face of terrorist acts. But while these policies can certainly be scrutinized and criticized, they are in no way akin to the policies and actions of the Nazis and the Third Reich.

    By comparing Israel to Nazis, some seek to label Israel as a singularly, uniquely evil state on earth, playing upon old antisemitic stereotypes that treat Jews as demonic and uniquely evil.

    Moreover, it can be argued that those that make the comparison between the Jewish state and the Nazis and Hitler – who perpetrated the greatest and largest act of antisemitism in world history – have not chosen this comparison innocently or dispassionately. It is a charge that is purposefully directed at Jews in an effort to associate the victims of Nazi crimes with the Nazi perpetrators and serves to diminish the significance and uniqueness of the Holocaust.

    To make such a comparison is antisemitic and constitutes blatant hostility toward Jews, Jewish history and the legitimacy of the Jewish State of Israel.
  17. Shraga Blum, The warm ties between the swastika and the crescent, April 29 2014. I24 News.
    -'The warm ties between the swastika and the crescent' [Holocaust perversion and Palestinian Nazi links
  18. Maurice Hirsch, Adv., "Hijacking Holocaust terminology to perpetuate falsities and demonize Israel," PMW, Apr 7, 2021.