The Huffington Post is facing backlash after its Spanish edition published an op-ed that draws “sickening” parallels between Israel and Nazi Germany while likening the situation of Gazans to Holocaust victims, in what has been described as a “disgusting blood libel.”
The article, which has since been removed, begins with a provocative image, comparing Israeli actions to those of the Nazis, and framing Gazans as victims akin to those persecuted during the Holocaust.
— Sabrina Miller (@SabriSun_Miller) October 29, 2023
The author, Pepe Vera, criticizes governments that manipulate information to justify violence, ironically ignoring the actions of Hamas terrorists in Israel, according to the Daily Caller.
For example, Vera falsely attributes the destruction of a hospital to Israeli forces, though it was later revealed to have been caused by a misfired terrorist rocket.
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The piece goes on to criticize historical U.S. policies and actions, drawing an analogy between the resistance in Nazi-occupied France and the Palestinian situation, while completely disregarding the violent actions of Hamas terrorists.
Vera also accuses Israel, which she describes as a state created through deception by France and the UK, of occupying Palestine in a manner similar to U.S. policies towards Native American territories.
The essay concludes with Vera expressing astonishment that a people with such a tragic history as the Jews could allow their government to employ brutal tactics against Palestinians, comparing Israel to a fascist regime.
She neglects to mention the violence perpetrated by Hamas terrorists, including the murder of over 1,400 Israelis and the kidnapping of at least 239.
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The author’s apparent aim is to garner international support for Hamas, despite its explicit intentions to harm Jews.
This distortion and trivialization of historical atrocities, coupled with a failure to acknowledge the violent actions of Hamas, contributes to an intentionally misleading narrative in an apparent aim to garner international support for Hamas, despite its explicit intentions to harm Jews.
In response, many took to social media to express their outrage over the piece.
“A disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest image, @HuffPost,” wrote political activist David Harris. “In fact, an incendiary blood libel, pure & simple. Take it down.”
1.1 million people — Jews, Polish Catholics, Soviet POWs, Roma — were systematically murdered by Nazi Germany in #Auschwitz. Nothing compares, least of all in Gaza. #Hamas-ruled Gaza launched a genocidal, Nazi-inspired war against #Israel. When democratic Israel “dares” to defend itself, it’s obscenely compared here to Nazi Germany, the perpetrator of the Final Solution against the Jewish people. And, of course, that Israel has repeatedly urged Gaza civilians to evacuate certain military areas for their own safety is totally ignored. So, too, Hamas’s categorical refusal to let them move.
“By the way, hmm, where’s Gaza’s border w/ Egypt in the image? Revolting Holocaust distortion!” he added.
A disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest image, @HuffPost. In fact, an incendiary blood libel, pure & simple. Take it down.
— David Harris (@DavidHarrisNY) October 29, 2023
“To publish such a thing is not only revolting, but also extremely offensive,” wrote the National Jewish (UK) Assembly. “You cannot compare the two. You simply cannot. It is misleading, wrong and insulting.”
“@HuffPost Disgusting behaviour,” the group added.
To publish such a thing is not only revolting, but also extremely offensive.
You cannot compare the two. You simply cannot.
— NJA (@NJA_UK) October 29, 2023
— HonestReporting Canada (@HonestRepCanada) October 30, 2023
“Shame on you @HuffPost this is sickening! Whomever approved this vile garbage needs to be fired!” wrote StopAntisemitism.
Shame on you @HuffPost this is sickening! Whomever approved this vile garbage needs to be fired!
— StopAntisemitism (@StopAntisemites) October 29, 2023
“Actually as per the IHRA definition of antisemitism @HuffPost are antisemitic,” wrote GnasherJew, a group of experienced online investigators who expose Holocaust deniers and antisemites around the globe.
Actually as per the IHRA definition of antisemitism @HuffPost are antisemitic.
— GnasherJew®גנאשר #IStandWithIsrael (@GnasherJew) October 29, 2023
“Congratulations, Huffington Post. You’ve perfected Holocaust trivialization,” wrote Israeli activist Yoni Michanie.
Congratulations, Huffington Post.
You’ve perfected Holocaust trivialization. pic.twitter.com/cBaxh4yRgH
— Yoni Michanie (@YoniMichanie) October 29, 2023
“It is real. Link here. Think it’s fair to say @HuffPost have sunk to a terrible new low,” wrote journalist Sabrina Miller.
— Sabrina Miller (@SabriSun_Miller) October 29, 2023
The matter comes as Huffington Post political blogger Dilly Hussain called for all Israelis to be hunted by packs of antagonists in Muslim-majority countries’ airports, as he shared footage from a recent incident at a Russian airport involving pro-Palestinian protesters seeking Jews in scenes that were reminiscent of past “pogroms.”
This is the kind of welcome ALL Israelis should be receiving at the airports of Muslim-majority countries. https://t.co/3JpFRd2jZp
— Dilly Hussain (@DillyHussain88) October 29, 2023
On Sunday, an airport in the Russian republic of the heavily Muslim Dagestan was stormed by an angry mob of young men shouting “Allahu Akbar” and waving Palestinian flags as they rampaged in search of “Jewish refugees” amid rumors of a plane arriving from Israel.
After drawing fierce backlash for his post, Hussain later attempted to backtrack by advocating for non-violent, legal protests against Israeli policies.