Some hard questions about the Western European double standard against Israel, By ALAN DERSHOWITZ (J. Post)

Mar. 12, 2014

The time has come to point an accusing finger at Western European accusers who try to isolate Israel by imposing boycotts, divestments and sanctions.

As so many Western European academics, artists and activists try to isolate Israel by imposing boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) only against the nation state of the Jewish people, the time has come to point an accusing finger at these accusers and to ask some hard questions about their underlying biases.

Why are so many of the grandchildren of Nazis and Nazi collaborators who brought us the Holocaust, once again declaring war on the Jews? Why have we seen such an increase in anti-Semitism and irrationally virulent anti-Zionism in Western Europe? To answer these questions, a myth must first be exposed. That myth is the one perpetrated by the French, the Dutch, the Norwegians, the Swiss, the Belgians, the Austrians and many other western Europeans: namely that the Holocaust was solely the work of German Nazis aided perhaps by some Polish, Ukrainian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian collaborators. False. The Holocaust was perpetrated by Europeans – by Nazi sympathizers and collaborators among the French, Dutch, Norwegians, Swiss, Belgians, Austrians and other Europeans, both western and eastern.

If the French government had not deported to the death camps more Jews than their German occupiers asked for; if so many Dutch and Belgian citizens and government officials had not cooperated in the roundup of Jews; if so many Norwegians had not supported Quisling; if Swiss government officials and bankers had not exploited Jews; if Austria had not been more Nazi than the Nazis; the Holocaust would not have had so many Jewish victims.

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