Understanding Why the Jews Oppress the Palestinians from a Holocaust Survivor
I’ve been reading Viktor E. Frankl’s, “Man’s Search for Meaning” for several days now and it has really informed me a great deal about life in the Nazi concentration camps. What has been most surprising though, is the prognosis of a Jewish psychologist who also was a prisoner in those camps. Of course, I am referring to the author of the book himself. Interestingly, he had this to say:
“During this psychological phase one observed that people with natures of a more primitive kind could not escape the influences of the brutality which had surrounded them in camp life. Now, being free, they thought they could use their freedom licentiously and ruthlessly. The only thing that had changed for them was that they were now the oppressors instead of the oppressed. They became instigators, not objects, of willful force and injustice. They justified their behavior by their own terrible experiences. This was often revealed in apparently insignificant events.
A friend was walking across a field with me toward the camp when suddenly we came to a field of green crops. Automatically, I avoided it, but he drew his arm through mine and dragged me through it. I stammered something about not treading down the young crops. He became annoyed, gave me an angry look and shouted, “You don’t say! And hasn’t enough been taken from us? My wife and child have been gassed—not to mention everything else—and you would forbid me to tread on a few stalks of oats!” Only slowly could these men be guided back to the commonplace truth that no one has the right to do wrong, not even if wrong has been done to them. We had to strive to lead them back to this truth, or the consequences would have been much worse than the loss of a few thousand stalks of oats.”
Israelis often justify the illegal existence of the State of Israel, by referencing the injustice done to them by the Nazis. This culture of excusing them for their moral misgivings through oppression has been passed down from generation to generation. To this day, when an Israeli is confronted with the moral dilemma of doing to the Palestinians, what the Nazis had done to them, they justify this by rhetorically asking, “hasn’t enough been done to us, we are only protecting ourselves!” What is striking from this quote, is that this mentality, this primitive, this savage behaviour was borne out of those camps, the very days after being liberated. When Muslims refer to Israelis as oppressors, we are not alone in this diagnosis, Viktor had seen this coming since 1945.
His most chilling statement however, is the prophecy, “we had to strive to lead them back to this truth, or the consequences would have been much worse than the loss of a few thousand stalks of oats.” Indeed, his fears have materialized. The consequences of such a violent mentality has caused the Jews to invade, occupy and terrorize the Palestinian people. It’s amazing that such information could be deduced by a Jew himself, 69 years ago, yet if any one of us were to make these claims today we’d be classified as Nazis and anti-Semites.
and Allah knows best.