18 January 2024

Zionism – During & After the Holocaust - How Zionism Fought to Prevent Jews Being Rescued During the Holocaust

 Israel has Weaponised the Nazi Genocide of Jews to Justify its Genocide of Palestinians

 Zionism – During & After the Holocaust

Thursday 18 January 7.00 p.m.


Tony Greenstein & Tom Suarez

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Hin & Ajam - Two Israeli Captives Who Said They Were Treated Like Queens - Compare that to Palestinian Prisoners Who Speak of Beatings and Torture 

Almost immediately after the October 7 breakout of the Palestinian resistance from Gaza and the death of 1,139 Israelis [695 civilians, 373 military and 71 foreigners], we were told that October 7 was the biggest loss of Jewish life since the Holocaust. This was wrong on two levels.

Factually it was wrong. It was the cold-blooded murder of up to 3,000 Argentinian Jews under a neo-Nazi Junta (1976-83) that was the largest loss of Jewish life. However mentioning this would be inconvenient since Israel had a close relationship with the Junta, supplying it with weapons and training whilst ignoring the plight of Argentina’s Jews.

But secondly it is wrong because Israelis died on October 7, not because they were Jews but because they were occupiers. There is therefore not only no comparison but to even make the comparison trivialises and minimizes the Holocaust itself.

It was in Argentina that Jews died because they were Jews but about this Israel was remarkably unconcerned, refusing point blank to condemn the Junta’s anti-Semitism even to the extent of turning away Jews trying to escape to Israel (so much for Israel as a Jewish refuge from anti-Semitism)

None of this should come as any surprise to those acquainted with Zionism and the Holocaust. When I brought out my book Zionism During the Holocaust – The Weaponisation of Memory in the Service of State and Nation a year ago little did I know that Israel would launch a genocidal attack on Gaza using the Holocaust as its pretext.

Tomorrow I will give a talk alongside Tom Suarez, author of Palestine Hijacked and A State of Terror on Zionism and the Holocaust.  Whereas 99% of Jews saw the rise of Hitler as an unmitigated disaster and immediately launched a Boycott of Nazi Germany, the Zionist leaders saw events in Germany as a manifold blessing and were determined to get the most out of it. The first thing they did was to conclude, in August 1933, a trade agreement, Ha’avara with the Nazis

Noah Lucas, a perceptive Zionist historian noted in his book The Modern History of Israel (pp. 187-8) that:

‘As the European holocaust erupted, Ben-Gurion saw it as a decisive opportunity for Zionism... In conditions of peace,… Zionism could not move the masses of world Jewry. The forces unleashed by Hitler in all their horror must be harnessed to the advantage of Zionism. ... By the end of 1942… the struggle for a Jewish state became the primary concern of the movement.’  

According to Yechiam Weitz, an Israeli historian, in the eyes of  David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, the war was ‘a rare opportunity to achieve the “Zionist solution”... to the problem of the Jewish people.’ [Jewish Refugees and Zionist Policy during the Holocaust, p. 355].

This meant for example that in Hungary the leader of the Zionist movement, Rudolph Kasztner, chose to suppress the Auschwitz Protocols, a document that proved that the deportation trains were not going to a fictitious resettlement area, Kenyermeze but to an extermination  camp Auschwitz.

This later became the subject of a libel trial in Israel when Kasztner sued someone who accused him of collaboration, losing badly. In the words of Attorney-General Chaim Cohen, who was also Kasztner’s lawyer:

If in Kasztner’s opinion, rightly or wrongly, he believed that one million Jews were hopelessly doomed, he was allowed not to inform them of their fate; and to concentrate on the saving of the few. He was entitled to make a deal with the Nazis for the saving of a few hundred and entitled not to warn the millions ... that was his duty… It has always been our Zionist tradition to select the few out of many in arranging the immigration to Palestine ... Are we to be called traitors? [Ben Hecht, Perfidy, p.159]

Eichmann, the chief exterminator, knew that the Jews would be peaceful and not resist if he allowed the Prominents to be saved, that the Train of the Prominents was organized on Eichmann’s orders to facilitate the extermination of the whole people. … if all the Jews of Hungary are to be sent to their death he is entitled to organize a rescue train for 600 people. He is not only entitled to it but is also bound to act accordingly.

Throughout the world, attempts at rescue met with obstruction by Zionist leaders who would cry ‘what about Palestine’ knowing full well that the British were barring Jews from entering Palestine. To the Zionists the Jewish refugees from Hitler were a battering ram to open the gates of Palestine to Jewish settlers.

According to their ‘logic’ if Jews could find an escape somewhere else, what was the point of a Jewish state. As a pro-Zionist historian Christopher Sykes, son of Sir Mark Sykes of the Sykes-Picot treaty wrote ‘from the very beginning of the Nazi disaster, the Zionist leadership determined to wrest political advantage from the tragedy.’ (Crossroads to Israel p.137).

In July 1938 President Roosevelt called a conference at Evian to discuss the Jewish refugee question. It was more a face saving operation by Western leaders than a serious attempt to find a solution to the danger that Germany’s remaining Jews were in. But the Zionists were afraid that the conference might find a solution. Sykes wrote:

Sykes wrote:

From the start they regarded the whole enterprise with hostile indifference... If the 31 nations had done their duty and shown hospitality to those in dire need then the pressure on the National Home and the heightened enthusiasm of Jews with Palestine would both have been relaxed. This was the last thing that the Zionist leaders wished for…. Even in the more terrible days ahead they made no secret of the fact, even when talking to Gentiles, that they did not want Jewish settlements outside Palestine to be successful... The Zionists wanted to do something more for Jews than merely help them to escape danger…. that such was the basic Zionist idea is not a matter of opinion but a fact abundantly provable by evidence...[ Crossroads to Israel, pp. 188-9. [my emphasis]

From Jewish State or Israeli Nation, Boaz Evron

A meeting of the Jewish Agency Executive on June 26, 1938 decided to:

belittle the [Evian] Conference as far as possible and to cause it to decide nothing…. We are particularly worried that it would move Jewish organizations to collect large sums of money for aid to Jewish refugees, and these collections could interfere with our collection efforts.

Boas Evron, Jewish State or Israeli Nation, fn 3, p. 260 quoting letter by Georg Landauer to Stephen Wise, 13.2.38. This shocking letter was written at the behest of Chaim Weizmann, the Zionist Organisation and Israel’s first President.

Ben-Gurion pulled no punches at the meeting:

‘No rationalizations can turn the conference from a harmful to a useful one. What can and should be done is to limit the damage as far as possible.'  

Menachem Ussishkin of the Zionist Executive at the same meeting cited the fears of the future Chairman of the JA Rescue Committee, Yitzhak Gruenbaum:

He hoped to hear in Evian that Eretz Israel remains the main venue for Jewish emigration. All other emigration countries do not interest him… The greatest danger is that attempts will be made to find other territories for Jewish emigration. (my emphasis)

The JA was worried that Evian might succeed. ‘Its wish was for the conference to fail abysmally.’[Shabtai Beit Zvi, p.166, Post Ugandan Zionism on Trial] In a letter to Stephen Wise of 13 June 1938, George Landauer, later Director of the JA’s Central Bureau for the Settlement of German Jews, wrote of his concern that:

Even if the Conference will not place countries other than Palestine in the front for Jewish immigration, there will certainly be public appeals which will tend to overshadow the importance of Palestine.... it may bind Jewish organizations to collect large sums of money for assisting Jewish refugees, and these collections are likely to interfere with our own campaigns.

Yet despite having done its best to obstruct rescue of Jewish refugees during the war, the Zionist movement hasn’t hesitated to   exploit the holocaust since then for the purpose of creating a racial supremacist state based on the same principles as Nazi Germany. That is why I stated four years ago, to the Jewish Chronicle’s fury, that Israel was Hitler’s bastard offspring.

In a long letter to the Jewish Chronicle of 5 February 1993, Marcus Retter, a close associate of Rabbi Dr Solomon Schonfeld, who was Chair of the Chief Rabbi’s Rescue Committee, described the ‘tireless efforts’ of Selig Brodetsky, President of the Board of Deputies and Lavy Bakstansky, General Secretary of the Zionist Federation of Britain, to sabotage   Dr Schonfeld’s rescue efforts.

Dr Schonfeld, in a letter to the Jewish Chronicle of 29 January 1943 described how his efforts to mobilize MPs, Peers and Bishops were met by the ‘persistent attempt on the part of Professor Brodetsky and some of his colleagues to sabotage the entire move.’ 

The next week Brodetsky replied. Far from denying Schonfeld’s allegations Brodestsky justified them because

The intervention of an unauthorized individual, however well intentioned, in a situation of this sort, naturally brings confusion and may have damaging effects…’

What these damaging effects were Brodetsky didn‘t inform the JC's readers but we can guess.

It is no surprise that those who scabbed on the Jewish Holocaust should now draw the conclusion that one holocaust justifies another.

See you tomorrow at 7 pm.


Tony Greenstein


  1. The atrocities committed by Zionists/Israelis/Jews go back more than 75 years.

    Quote: A history of war crimes
    In October 1951, the Israelis raided Gaza, killing dozens of Palestinians and Egyptians, demolishing dozens of houses, and blowing up wells to curb the attempts by the expelled Palestinians to return home across the new borders erected by the Jewish settler colony.

    At the time, foreign observers did not mention Israel’s 'right to defend itself' and called the massacre 'an appalling case of deliberate mass murder'

    Earlier, in August 1949, Israeli soldiers captured two Palestinian refugees. They killed the man and 22 soldiers took turns raping the woman before killing her. In March 1950, Israeli soldiers abducted two Palestinian girls and one boy from Gaza across the new border.

    They killed the boy and then raped the two girls before killing them. By then, it was quite common for Israeli soldiers and police to rape female Palestinian refugees attempting to return to their homes, a practice that was widespread during the Nakba a few years earlier.

    In August 1950, for example, four Israeli policemen raped a Palestinian woman picking fruit from her family’s orchard across the West Bank border.

    Israeli raids on Gaza would continue in 1952 and 1953, culminating in the Bureij refugee camp massacre in August of that year. The Israeli military unit 101 killed at least 20 Palestinian refugees, including seven women and five children, by throwing bombs through the windows of their huts while they slept and shooting those who fled. Dozens were injured. Other sources put the final tally of Palestinians killed at 50.

    At the time, foreign observers did not mention Israel’s “right to defend itself” and called the massacre “an appalling case of deliberate mass murder”. That same year, the Israelis slaughtered 70 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank village of Qibya, which even the Indianapolis-based, pro-Israel National Jewish Post compared to the Nazi massacre at Lidice.


  2. What about all of the earlier attacks carried out by Arabs against Jews ? Or the turning away of Jewish people from Palestine fleeing the Germans during ww2 ?
    Very one sided take you've got there.

    1. Arab, culture, Jew, religion. Either talk about Arabs, Palestinians and Europeans, Zionists and Israelis or talk about Jews, Muslims and Christians.

      The Zionists formed their plan to take Palestine in the 1890's and were advertising for colonists from that time. The Palestinians quickly worked out what their plan was and that led to attacks.

      The turning away of Jews during WWII was a Zionist ploy to create the sort of problem they needed for their plan to set up a State in Palestine. The reality is the Zionists worked with the Nazis on some occasions to send German Jews to Palestine. I suggest you read some history.

  3. It was the Zionists not the Arabs who carried out most of the attacks including the Irgun bombings of Arab market places, the shooting of oil workers and of course the Nakba itself. Arabs were opposed to Jewish refugees turning into settlers and for good reasons.

    The real question is why the Zionists fought to stop Jews escaping Hitler's hell unless their destination was Palestine. Look up Ben Gurion's quote about saving half Germany's children in Palestine or all of them in England. Ben Gurion preferred the former

  4. Was it also the Zionists turning away/shooting at boats of Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis ? or the British on behalf of the Arabs ?

    1. The British turned away refugees entering Palestine and the Zionists stopped them going to every other country. Does that make you happy? Incidentally one of the largest losses of life of Jews entering Palestine was in 1943 when the Hagannah bombed the boat Patria causing several hundred deaths. Nice that


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