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Frank David Jaffe is outraged, Saturday, February 28, 2009, that Mr Irving accuses Israel of exploiting Bishop controversy
God have Mercy
I just read in The New York Times that "Mr. Irving said he believed the outrage with the Vatican for trying to rehabilitate Bishop Williamson was orchestrated by Israel to distract the international community from the recent war in Gaza."
Is this really true? Do you really believe that the outrage over this issue is being orchestrated by Israel?
I can tell you that as the grandchild of Holocaust survivors my outrage has absolutely nothing, nothing to do with the orchestration of anything by Israel. This is just an educated guess, but I would imagine that there are a few other people like me who might be responding in the same way and for much the same reason.
It is hard for me not to be outraged by such paranoid comments that clearly show where the real state of denial lies.
May God have mercy on your soul.
David Irving writes:
THANK you for that courteous and well-reasoned letter. But I think you are wrong. You must remember, I am an expert on Dr Joseph Goebbels and Nazi propaganda techniques, and the strategy of striking back elsewhere, on the flank - for example attacking Britain over Indian starvation after the Allies started their information campaign about Nazi concentration camps in the fall of 1942 - is well documented.
Jews unfortunately do not appreciate, in their singleminded devotion and loyalty to Israel, the global criticism and, yes, hatred, that the recent inhuman and racist attacks by the IDF on the Palestinians have earned for them worldwide.
A few criminal elements in the Israeli government have now all but squandered what little sympathy was generated by the Holocaust for Jews around the world, many of whom have been of course nowhere near that tragedy. The next time round, the innocent Jews who suffer will once again be asking, "Why us?"
I notice incidentally that you trade on the holocaust by describing yourself as "the grandson of Holocaust survivors."
Hmmm. That reminds me of Hadassah Liebermann, wife of the senator, who described herself proudly on the campaign trail as the daughter of holocaust survivors. In other words, she was the daughter of a woman to whom not very much happened, compared with those who survived Dresden, Hiroshima, Coventry and the Blitz. She was actually born Hadassah Freilich in a Prague refugee camp three years after World War II... Not much suffering there, then.