Auschwitz survivor sees Nazi acts in Israel
Hajo Meyer, 86, survived 10 months in Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
“The Israelis tried to dehumanize the Palestinians, just like the Nazis tried to dehumanize me,” said Dr Hajo Meyer, 86, who survived 10 months in Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp in Poland.
“Nobody should dehumanize any other and those who try to dehumanize another are not human,” he said at the beginning of his lecture in Scotland.
The comments by Meyer have provoked a fresh outcry of “anti-Semitism” by hardline Jewish lobby groups.
However, Meyer, the Dutch-based author of three books on Judaism, the Holocaust and Zionism, dismissed “anti-Semite” labels hurled against him.
“Formerly an anti-Semite was somebody who hated Jews because they were Jews and had a Jewish soul. But nowadays an anti-Semite is somebody who is hated by Jews,” he stated.
A spokesman for the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, of which Dr. Meyer is a member of, backed the remarks.
“Hajo knows that Israel has a long history of abusing the tragic history of the Holocaust in order to suppress legitimate criticism of its own crimes,” said the spokesman.