On the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we honor Hajo Meyer’s life and his commitment to the liberation of all people suffering dehumanization.
Posts Categorized: Never Again for Anyone
Never Again for Anyone challenges the misuse of the Nazi genocide of Jews (“The Holocaust”) for political purposes. By exceptionalizing the Nazi genocide, European Jews are set apart from the victims and survivors of that and other genocides instead of being united with them. The Zionist exploitation of this genocide to justify colonization, displacement and apartheid in Palestine is a dishonor to those who survived and those who did not. The refrain “Never Again” must mean “Never Again, for Anyone!”
IJAN’s “Never Again for Anyone” work aims to make connections between the current environment of Islamophobia, other forms of xenophobia, political repression and support for Israel. The work draws on the parallels between the political contexts of dehumanization and political repression in Nazi Germany, Palestine, and the West.
Below is a video in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day articulating the vision of “Never Again for Anyone” as lifted up by 350 survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide who published a letter in the New York Times during Israel’s 2014 massacre in Gaza.
The video features footage of Hajo Meyer, a survivor of Auschwitz, and the lead signatory to the letter, who passed away the evening before it ran.
On August 28th, 2014, The Jewish Daily Forward published an outrageous op-ed by Alvin H. Rosenfeld entitled, “Moral Emptiness of Holocaust Survivors Who Took on Israel”. Rosenfeld’s piece was written in response to a letter published in the New York Times and signed by over forty Jewish survivors and over 300 descendents of Jewish survivors and victims of the Holocaust demanding justice in Gaza. Not only did the Forward provide editorial space to Mr. Rosenfeld, who used it to personally slander and minimize prominent human rights activists, but it then denied the original letter’s signatories an opportunity to respond.
Below are two editorials from signatories to the survivors’ and descendants’ letter submitted to The Jewish Daily Forward in response to Alvin Rosenfeld’s op-ed which was full of ad hominem attacks on the signers. Neither op-ed was published nor did either author receive a response from The Forward. First is an op-ed by signatory Jesse Strauss and second one from Bruce Ballin. Click here to view a press release about The Forward’s refusal to provide the signers an opportunity to defend themselves agains Rosenfeld’s attack.
En tant que survivants, descendants juifs et des victimes du génocide Nazi nous condamnons sans équivoque le massacre des Palestiniens de Gaza et la continuation de l’occupation et la colonisation de la Palestine historique. De plus, nous condamnons les États-Unis qui fournissent financièrement Israël afin de continuer ses attaques ainsi que les états occidentaux en… Read more »
350 Ebrei, sopravvissuti e discendenti di sopravvissuti e vittime del genocidio nazista hanno pubblicato questa lettera in risposta alla manipolazione da parte di Elie Wiesel del genocidio nazista sul New York Times del 23 agosto. Da allora numerosi altri hanno firmato.
Als jüdische Überlebende und Nachkommen von Überlebenden und Opfern des Nazi-Genozids verurteilen wir unmissverständlich das Massaker an den Palästinensern in Gaza ebenso wie die fortgesetzte Besetzung und Kolonisierung des historischen Palästina. Wir verurteilen weiters die Vereinigten Staaten, deren finanzielle Unterstützung Israel den Angriff ermöglicht, und insgesamt die westlichen Staaten, deren diplomatischer Muskeleinsatz Israel vor einer… Read more »
Suzanne Weiss, August 25, 2014, press conference for survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of Nazi Genocide demanding justice in Gaza: I sign this letter in protest of the advertisement by Elie Wiesel who pretends to be the voice of Judiasm. I take my stand against Israel’s massacre in Gaza and in solidarity with… Read more »
WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, ARE DEEPLY MOVED BY THE BRAVE ACTION OF JEWISH SURVIVORS AND DESCENDANTS OF THE NAZI HOLOCAUST WHO HAVE TAKEN ACTION TO SPEAK OUT IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF GAZA. WE FULLY SUPPORT THEIR STATEMENT BELOW AND JOIN THEM IN DECLARING, “NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE!”.
Click here add your name to those who have already signed
IJAN has received a flood of responses to the letter condemning Israel’s genocide of Palestinians, which ran in the New York Times August 23rd. The letter was signed by 40 survivors of the Nazi genocide and 287 descendants of survivors and victims. Below are some of the personal messages of support and solidarity that IJAN… Read more »