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  • AnonymousSorry, I am confused. (I don't mean to be disrespectful, please excuse my ignorance). Are you saying it is wrong to compare the persecution of Palestinians by Israel to the persecution of Jews by Hitler? If it is, why? Aren't they similar?
  • lilyjoon

    No worries at all — your curiosity already forgives any ignorance you so humbly claim to have kind anon.

    Yes, I am. I think it’s disrespectful and insensitive, to be honest, for both sides. Palestinians deserve their own struggle, their own grief, their own triumph. They reserve the right to a resistance that shouldn’t be equated / downgraded to a faint tragedy in the past just so others can get a “glimpse.” Palestinians deserve an active, independent illustration of what has defined their lives for the past sixty years, which knows no equivalent. Comparisons and analogies, especially in politics, reduce realities. The same goes for Jews. Hitler’s anti-semitism carries a horrific legacy — it’s not something to be played with or abused.

    There is the argument that it is a strategic attack for empathy — the “you know how it feels, so you shouldn’t be doing it to others.” But still, it doesn’t run well with me. It strips both tragedies of their respective trauma. Simply offering the Palestinian narrative goes far enough to install that sense of conscience, we don’t need to pour salt on open wounds to do so while also losing independence in the process.

    Let me know if you need any clarification. This is also just my opinion — definitely not a fact / nothing I’m preaching.

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