A couple of weeks ago the Blogger took issue with the Evening Cancer’s new Muslim columnist and self-styled “community leader”, Farooq Siddique, for hysterically comparing the State of Israel to Germany’s Nazi regime in a piece purporting to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Siddique, apparently speaking on behalf of Bristol’s Muslim community, said: “I am not going to debate who suffered more, the Jews in Europe during the war or the Palestinians since 1947. But the link with the Holocaust is very much clear.”
Is it really? Not according to Human Rights Watch’s 2008 World Report it’s not. Brett over at Harry’s Place has trawled his way through this 581-page report in some detail and his conclusions are revealing.
For instance the report says: “”Between January and October 2007, 245 Palestinians, about half of whom were not participating in hostilities, were killed by Israeli security forces.”
This is not the arithmetic of genocide. At this rate of attrition you could sensibly start making comparisons between the Holocaust – 6 million dead in around 12 years – and the situation in Palestine – around 400 violent deaths each year – in about 5,000 years time!
The report also says: “Palestinian armed groups, rival security forces, and powerful clans continue armed attacks on one another. At this writing, 318 Palestinians, including many civilians, had died in such fighting in 2007, most of them in Gaza. By far the worst round of fighting broke out in June 2007 and left 161 Palestinians dead, including 41 civilians.”
This means that your average Palestinian – they’re the ones that are desperate for peace; do not support Hamas; have no interest in driving the Jews into the sea and are overwhelmingly in favour of a two-state solution – has virtually the same chance of being killed by some gun-toting, holocaust denying, homosexual hating, ultra-sexist Palestinian Islamist fanatic as they do of being killed by Siddique’s new-fangled version of the Waffen SS – the Israeli Defence Force.
Where exactly is Siddique’s “clear link” between this low-level, ugly conflict described by Human Rights Watch and the Holocaust?
Siddique’s next column should be published tomorrow. Given his previous form, it’ll be interesting to see what view he takes on that leading establishment intellectual – with the ever-so up-to-the-minute and original liberal relativist outlook straight out the op-ed pages of the Guardian – the Archbeard of Idiocy and his call for Sharia in the UK …