THE petition by assorted Zionists to have Archbishop Tutu, Judge Richard Goldstone and Professor Kader Asmal removed as patrons of the Holocaust Centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town should be welcomed. Because it provides an object lesson to us all, being the clearest indication of the abuse, both of Judaism and the Holocaust, by more extreme adherents of the fundamentally racist political philosophy of Zionism.
Judaism is a religion to which Jews of the political left, right and centre belong; the Holocaust is one of the greatest human tragedies in which Jews were not the only victims. The fantasy of Jews as a national or racial category — an article of faith to both Nazis and Zionists — was the reason that Jews were murdered in the death camps of Germany’s Third Reich. But, on exactly the same basis the Roma or Sinti, commonly known as Gypsies, were also slaughtered, along the “racially impure” offspring of World War I African-American soldiers and German women.
Then, of course, there were the socialists, communists and trade unionists, among them people professing various religious beliefs and none. They too ended their lives in the death camps of a regime based on the ideology of race, nation and intolerance of diversity. Against this background, the mission statement of the Holocaust Foundation makes perfect sense. It states that the object is to “build a more caring and just society in which human rights and diversity are respected and valued”.
Archbishop Tutu in particular, could never be accused of not striving for precisely such a goal. Zionists, by the mere nature of an ideology based on the fallacy of race and nationhood, would not qualify. And, for Zionists to claim ownership of the Holocaust as well as to equate Israel with Judaism is not just false, it is an obscenity.