Saudi labels Israel’s killing in Gaza as “copying…the Nazis”

Yet more on language, which somehow seems to be the common factor in most of our postings and comments this past week.  AP is reporting that an unnamed official in Saudi Arabia is likening Israel’s attack on Gaza, in which more than 70 have been killed, to Nazi war crimes:

“Saudi Arabia, which condemns the Israeli war crimes against the Palestinian people and the threats of Israeli officials to turn Gaza into an inferno, sees that Israel through its actions is copying the war crimes of the Nazis.”

AP describes this remark as coming in response to Israeli Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilnai’s use of the word “shoah,” which can be translated as “holocaust,” to describe what the Gazans were “bringing onto themselves” with the continued firing of rockets into Israel.  The United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, has settled for just calling Israeli actions “war crimes” without likening them to Nazism.

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One Response to Saudi labels Israel’s killing in Gaza as “copying…the Nazis”

  1. Raffe says:

    I don’t believe that 70 dead comes close to the genocide of the Nazi regime. We must ask how many of those 70 dead were Hamas militants and how many were legitimate civilians who were tragically caught in the cross-fire.
    On another note I don’t believe that Saudi Arabia which has a disgusting record of human rights abuses can comment on Israel’s counter-terror operations. Considering their abuses of women, gays, the trafficking of human beings, HIV/AIDS victims, freedom of the political though and freedom of religion (just to name a few) there are few things that Saudi Arabia can talk about without appearing hypocritical.

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