I’m calling attention to a crucial aspect of anti-Semitic propaganda that’s in need of our attention. It’s standard fare throughout Arab state-sponsored mass media and is gaining ground in American universities: the effort to legitimize the revisionist approach to historical truth known as Holocaust Denial.
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) is a watchdog group founded by Itmar Marcus in 1996 that monitors Arabic media and schoolbooks. PMW reports that:
“Holocaust desecration, denial, and abuse, are all components of Palestinian Authority ideology. A PA TV children’s broadcast taught that Israel burned Palestinians in ovens, and at an exhibit in Gaza children put dolls in a model oven adorned with a Star of David and a swastika. A senior Palestinian academic taught adults on PA TV: “There was no Dachau, no Auschwitz; these were disinfecting sites.” http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=650
Christians, right now, have an unprecedented opportunity to right the wrong of silence and complicity during the Holocaust era by breaking the silence accompanying the spread of Holocaust denial throughout the world. Holocaust denial is a form of anti-Semitic propaganda – echoing the hateful deceit of Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda – that can and should be confronted by the Christian Church. Why? Because, frankly speaking, the worldwide Christian community has a moral obligation to speak out in defense of the assault on the Jewish people, Israel, and human memory due to its failure to do so in the Holocaust era. Today, it is a Christian responsibility to speak out. We must never again fellowship, through silence and complicity, with the unfruitful works of darkness, failing to confront or expose them. In the 21st century, as the “second Holocaust” is planned and readied, the Church must rise up in righteous indignation and raise its voice to “rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter” (Proverbs 24:11).
De-legitimization of the Holocaust is a fundamental tactic employed by the enemies of Israel to delegitimize the Jewish state. Churches worldwide can, and should, shine revealing light into the world, exposing the darkness through educational means by teaching and remembering the Holocaust, that is, specifically, by organizing and hosting Holocaust workshops: on-site at their local churches or by sponsoring them elsewhere in their community. Engage the leadership of your church, press them to refuse to be silent. As the Westphalian pastor, Martin Niemoeller, famously put it:
“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”
First, we educate our own; second, we educate the communities around us. Then they’ll know us by our love.
As a trained Holocaust educator and a fellow believer, I can help others break the silence that still haunts the world. Contact me through the comment section below. Make a difference. Tell me that you’ve paved the way to sponsoring a Holocaust educational workshop or conference at your church. Tell me that you’ve refused to be silent in the face of such loathsome anti-Semitic hate.
And by all means,
Keep givin ’em Heaven,
[Established in 1996, Palestinian Media Watch monitors Arabic media and schoolbooks.]