This really blows my mind, and I’m not a mind-blowable kind of guy.
A handful of Orthodox Jews have attended Iran’s controversial conference questioning the Nazi genocide of the Jews – not because they deny the Holocaust but because they object to using it as justification for the existence of Israel.
Not that Neturei Karta are shocking — they’re not. In fact, their theology makes awfully logical sense. I mean, if those of us who believe that there is indeed a religious mandate to live in Israel, the mandate from heaven better be pretty damn clear, i.e. signs and wonders. I’m also a fan of holding in check the abuse of the Holocaust narrative, as an emotional trump card for use in politics:
Rabbi Friedman told BBC Radio Four’s PM programme that he was not in Tehran to debate whether the Holocaust happened or not, but to look at its lessons.
He says the Holocaust was being used to legitimise the suffering of other peoples and he wanted to break what he called a taboo on discussing it.
The main thing, he argued, was not Jewish suffering in the past but the use of the Holocaust as a “tool of commercial, military and media power”.
But this rocks even my socks:
In what many other Jews would consider the height of naivety, he commended Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for wanting “a secured future for innocent Jewish people in Europe and elsewhere”.