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Israeli journalist Gideon Levy had an interesting article in Ha'aretz on Holocaust Remembrance Day, titled "Let us Forget." He says, "Holocaust memory has turned into incitement to hatred. Tens of thousands of teenagers and soldiers have since traveled to Auschwitz and come back haters. They hate the world, the Poles, the Germans, the Arabs and the foreigners; they love themselves, wallow in their disaster and believe only in their own power. That’s the “remembrance,” and that’s what we need to forget.

Your article on that same day included this paragraph, in which I have reversed the actors and mentioned the work of Zochrot to bring it up to the current situation: "The Israelis are determined not only to (essentially) annihilate the Palestinian people, but also to obliterate their identity, memory, culture and heritage," (this was said by Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev about the Nazis.) "By preserving the remains of the villages destroyed in the Nakba ... and revealing them to the public Zochrot hopes they will act as the voice of the victims and the survivors and serve as an everlasting memory."

Israel is treating Palestinians much as the Nazis did them; neither’s acceptable.

June Forsyth Kenagy

Albany (May 5)

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