Hor­ror email links IDF to War­saw Nazis

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY LEON SY­MONS

HOLO­CAUST IM­AGES dis­played in a vi­ral email along­side pic­tures taken dur­ing Is­rael’s mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion in Gaza have been con­demned as grossly of­fen­sive.

Forty-two Shoah pic­tures and an equal num­ber de­pict­ing what are­claimed to be equiv­a­lent scenes from Gaza have been emailed all over the world.

Eric Moon­man, pres­i­dent of the Zion­ist Fed­er­a­tion, said: “Th­ese pic­tures are grossly of­fen­sive and I am re­port­ing them to the po­lice as a ma­li­cious com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

“I be­lieve this should be re­ported be­cause I know they have been sent to mem­bers of Chris­tian or­gan­i­sa­tions who are friendly to­wards Is­rael as well as Jewish in­di­vid­u­als and groups.

“As a com­mu­nity, we are un­der a lot of pres­sure at the mo­ment. But we must not lose sight of the fact that some of the ma­te­rial be­ing used as pro­pa­ganda de­serves at­ten­tion.”

Among the pic­tures is the fa­mous War­saw Ghetto photo of a boy in a peaked cap with his hands in the air.

The ori­gin of the email is un­known. The email de­scribes the War­saw Ghetto pic­ture as “the clas­sic pro­pa­ganda ma­chine”, adding: “It’s sup­posed to make you sym­pa­thise with the vic­tims and to sup­port their cause for jus­tice and a home­land.”

Many of the pic­tures show the bloody bodies of slain chil­dren; oth­ers show peo­ple be­hind barbed wire or be­ing herded at gun­point.

Rabbi Barry Mar­cus, a trus­tee of Holo­caust Memo­rial Day and pa­tron of Yad Vashem, said: “I agree with Mr Moon­man that this is a ma­li­cious com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Some­one has gone to a lot of trou­ble to try to per­vert the Holo­caust like this. The per­son who did this was morally bereft.

“This is a des­e­cra­tion of the mem­ory of all those in the pic­tures and who died in the Holo­caust. To see this on Holo­caust Memo­rial Day has caused me great dis­tress.”

Mark Gard­ner, com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor of the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust, said: “The CST is aware of nu­mer­ous in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions hav­ing re­ceived this de­spi­ca­ble email.

“Rhetoric has con­se­quences and when peo­ple air th­ese ob­scen­i­ties, they are giv­ing a very danger­ous sig­nal that in ef­fect says noth­ing is any longer off lim­its when it comes to hat­ing and abus­ing the main­stream of the Jewish com­mu­nity.”

Gun­point: the War­saw pic­ture and a re­cent pic­ture of a Pales­tinian girl be­ing re­moved by troops

Trapped: camp chil­dren be­hind barbed wire and Pales­tinian chil­dren in Gaza dur­ing Cast Lead

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