Nazi Resister Returns Holocaust Medal to Israel After Losing Relatives in Gaza →
A 91-year-old man honored by Israel for saving a Jewish life during the Nazi Holocaust has returned his medal in protest of the Gaza assault. Henk Zanoli was given Israel’s Righteous Among the Nations award for his actions under Nazi occupation in Amsterdam. In 1943, Zanoli smuggled out a Jewish boy and helped hide him in his home for two years, despite Nazi suspicion he and his family backed the resistance. Zanoli’s father was executed in a concentration camp and his brother-in-law executed as a resistance fighter. But last week, Zanoli returned his medal to the Israeli Embassy in The Hague, saying that Israeli bombings of Gaza had killed six of his relatives. His grandniece is married to a Palestinian man who lost three brothers, a sister-in-law, a nephew and his father’s first wife in a bombing of their home last month. Zanoli writes: “For me to hold on to the honor granted to me by the State of Israel under these circumstances, would be an insult … to those in my family, four generations on, who lost no less than six of their relatives in Gaza.” Zanoli added: “The actions of your state in Gaza these days have already resulted in serious accusations of war crimes and crimes against humanity. … It would be of no surprise to me that these accusations could lead to possible convictions if true and unpoliticized justice is able to have its course. What happened to our kin in Gaza will no doubt be brought to the table at such a time as well.”
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"Ariel Sharon, the conniving gangster and blood-stained political opportunist inspired every member of my generation to never rest until Zionism is ended. His legacy of massacring our people in Qibya, Sabra, Shatila, Jenin and Gaza, the colonization of Jerusalem, and the killing of Arafat with the help of PA operatives taught all of us that Israel is a manifestation of European exclusionary practice in the ugliest sense, and a reincarnation of Nazism. Let us mark today as a milestone at the beginning of Zionism’s end.
"Let us remind ourselves of what we hold dear, our sense of universal humanity, as to never revel in someone’s demise. As the Zionists have mastered and internalized all the evils of Nazism, we, in contrast, draw from our cultural depth of pluralism and the product of our civilization. It is therefore incumbent on us to rise above the degrading principles that characterized Sharon’s atrocious values for him and his fellow Zionists, and celebrate our martyrs, but never exalt his death. Sharon was just a thug.
"The count-down for the fall of Zionism has commenced."
—Eyad Kishawi, January 11, 2014
"I started to think about my Afterlife for the first time today. I plan on being haunting if the possibility exists. If I were a Ghost I would haunt during the day and at night. Be an afterthought when you’re sitting alone, right after you hang up the phone. Or be a sound on the wind when you can’t see outside. The tick-tock of a clock. A reminder of something you’ve forgotten."