Israeli justice minister, Yosef Lapid, a Holocaust survivor, got into hot water from Ariel Sharon after commenting on recent TV footage of the Iraeli demolitions in Palestine. Over 40 Palestinians have been killed in the Rafah refugee camp, where dozens of homes have been demolished in less than a week. Referring to the TV pictures, Mr Lapid said he was
“…talking about an old woman crouching on all fours, searching for her medicines in the ruins of her house and that she made me think of my grandmother”.
“I said that if we carry on like this, we will be expelled from the United Nations and those responsible will stand trial at The Hague…”
Lapid spent part of World War II in a Budapest ghetto and lost many members of his family in the Holocaust, including a grandmother who died at Auschwitz.
He stressed that in his comment on the Rafah offensive, he was “not talking about Germany or the Nazis”. I personally can’t see what distinguishes many aspects of Israeli government treatment of the Palestinians from the way that the Jews were treated in World War Two. It is time that people start thinking about the suffering in Palestine, not only in Israel but equally importantly in the USA, which until recently has blindly followed Mr. Sharon wherever he chooses to go. Right now, the UN can’t rebuild houses in Palestine as quickly as the Israelis are demolishing them.