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If you have any doubts that we live in a revised version of 1930s Germany, you need only open your eyes for only a few seconds and read these stories below. The list is hardly comprehensive, as it only provides a small sampling of the vicious, violent, and hateful demonstrations, riots, and violence that began after October 7th in support of the rape, torture, and murder by Hamas of more than 1,400 Israelis, many of whom were women and children, and have since morphed into an anti-Jewish compaign designed to intimidate and oppress Jews everywhere, merely because they are Jews.
- Alabama students met with ‘death threat’ after hosting memorial for Hamas victims
- Antisemitic Mob Shows Up for Biden Fundraiser, Vandalizes Jewish Neighborhood
- Palestinian Protesters Tell Jews Leaving Israeli Embassy ‘We Will Kill You All, Occupiers’
- Jewish students at Columbia U, Ithaca College, Ohio State face swastika, ‘intifada’ calls
- California menorah tossed in lake by vandals who left antisemitic graffiti
- Pro-Hamas mob targets Jewish restaurant owner in Detroit
- Hundreds of US synagogues receive bomb threats as spree continues despite arrests
- Rabbi at Harvard Claims School is Forcing Jewish Student Group to Lock Up Menorah at Night for Fear of Vandalism
The mob in front of the Israeli embassy in the third link above made very clear, in blunt chants, what all these pro-Hamas demonstrators want, as well as who they are:
A cadre of pro-Palestinian protesters told Jews leaving a Hanukkah celebration at the Israeli Embassy, “We will kill you all.” Video of the horrifying incident went viral on social media on Tuesday, which showed a Jewish man walking down the street as a car drove past him with two people waving a Palestinian flag out the window while shouting, “We will kill you all, occupiers.”
In a social media post, Jonathan Allen, government relations for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), said that they also shouted, “We were ‘Nazis like Hitler.’” [emphasis mine]
You will note also that only this demonstration at the Israeli embassy was actually protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza directly. All the others simply focused on threatening people simply because they are Jewish, even though they have literally no connection to events in Gaza, and even less say.
Essentially, these mobs are nothing more than a new collection Nazi storm-troopers. The Jews are their scapegoat, and their actions are fueled by bigoted hate that has no connection to rationality or civilized behavior.
Nor have these mobs only attacked Jews. Christians have been victims as well, such as when a mob stormed a mall in Ottawa on December 17th: Anti-Israel Activists Surround and Terrorize Line of Kids Going to See Santa at Mall. In this case these brownshirts screamed vile chants at little children and their parents, who were simply there to see Santa.
What makes a Nazi?
These new Nazis are not identical to the Nazis under Hitler, but they carry many of the same attributes. It is helpful for civilized people to recognize these traits, so that we can effective oppose these insane tyrants while learning how to act differently.
These facts are too difficult for our modern Nazis
Courtesy of Doug Ross.
First, they are ignorant. For example, when asked what locations the chant “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” refers to, less than half the students screaming this chant could name the river or the sea.
Some of the alternative answers were the Nile and the Euphrates, the Caribbean, the Dead Sea (which is a lake) and the Atlantic. Less than a quarter of these students knew who Yasser Arafat was (12 of them, or more than 10%, thought he was the first prime minister of Israel). Asked in what decade Israelis and Palestinians had signed the Oslo Accords, more than a quarter of the chant’s supporters claimed that no such peace agreements had ever been signed.
To put it simply, those who join these mobs calling for the murder of Jews (or any other group) generally haven’t the faintest idea what they are supporting.
Second, that ignorance allows their beliefs to be based, not on facts, but on irrational emotions. A rational, civilized person doesn’t normally gather in a crowd and chant slogans. Instead, you read up on the subject and think about it. This thoughtful approach allows one to come to reasonable conclusions.
Nazi-like protesters however are not interesting in thinking. They are certain they are right, and thus it is time to harness their emotions to impose their ignorant conclusions on all, through shouting, intimidation, and violence if necessary.
Third, those emotions are focused on the hatred of groups of people. With both the 1930s Nazis as well as these Hamas supporters, the group targeted are Jews, but it could just as well be blacks in the Deep South, Armenians in the Ottoman empire, or Tutsis in Ruwanda. In every case these bigots decide that some people of a certain race, religion, or ethnicity is morally and physically inferior, are the cause of all the world’s problems, and must be eliminated unmercifully.
Finally, these new Nazis are similar to the old Nazis in that both are and were part of a collective political movement from the left side of the political spectrum. Remember, the offical name of Hitler’s movement was “national socialism“, with many leftist goals that are indistinguishable from the goals of today’s left.
The Austrian monarchist Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn proposed that the 25-point Program was pro-labour: “[T]he program championed the right to employment, and called for the institution of profit sharing, confiscation of war profits, prosecution of usurers and profiteers, nationalization of trusts, communalization of department stores, extension of the old-age pension system, creation of a national education program of all classes, prohibition of child labour, and an end to the dominance of investment capital”.
Nor do the modern pro-Hamas movement’s links to Islam change this. Islamic thinking is also as collective in thinking and as bigoted against anyone who is not Muslim.
The bottom line is that Nazi-like movements gather to them ignorant, emotional individuals who need to be part of a monolithic group, united in their belief that because others are the cause of all their problems, they must be eliminated, by any means necessary. In today’s world organizing such a movement has become even easier than in 1930s Germany, because it is so simple to link up via social media, and then use that media to schedule large demonstrations and violent protests.
And so, American now live in a world of Nazi storm-trooper tactics. Once such behavior would have been so thoroughly and immediately condemned that it would have stopped almost instantly. Now, we cower in fear of it, and do little to stop it — just as did the Germans in 1930s.
If we don’t start standing up forcefully with courage — as free Americans once did without hesitation — the bad guys are going to win totally, if they have not done so already.
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