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These comparisons are a form of Holocaust denial

The "genocide" of the Palestinians


"Gaza is a concentration camp / prison camp / Warsaw ghetto"

Anti-Israel people around the world (including prominent politicians and academics) often compare Gaza to:
  1. A concentration camp (where around 3 million Jews were killed).
  2. Auschwitz (where around 1 million Jews were killed).
  3. The Warsaw ghetto (where around 400,000 Jews were killed).
  4. A prison camp. "The world's largest open air prison".

This page shows how such comparisons are beyond absurd.

This era is over now, after the Hamas massacre of Israelis in Oct 2023. The era when Gazans could have a good life is gone now. Until Hamas is eliminated entirely and Gaza is re-occupied. The old world is gone now.
  


Ramadan in Gaza, May 2018.
A scene of genocidal horror.




GDP

  


GDP per capita of Palestinians (West Bank and Gaza) over time, in 1990 dollars.
Stats from Angus Maddison.



GDP per capita of Ireland over time, in 1990 dollars.
Stats from Angus Maddison.




Travel




Life expectancy and population growth

Comparing Gaza to the Holocaust can be dismissed in one line, by looking at life expectancy and population growth.


  

Life expectancy

  


The Economist, 2007, finds that Palestinian men are the 8th most obese in the world.
Palestinian women are the 3rd most obese in the world.
It's just like Auschwitz, where obesity was a real problem.
Search for later figures.



Total population of the Gaza Strip.
Note in 1967 the brutal Israeli occupation begins and the Gazan population falls.
Then in 2006 after Hamas takeover the Israeli genocide of Gaza begins and the population is decimated.
There will be no one left in Gaza soon.


  

Video

Israel-hating maniacs are often startled when you produce video of Gazan shopping centres.

  

Gazans "suffering" in a new Gazan shopping centre, 2010.
I love the subtitle: "Gazans are forced to stand, humiliated, in long lines at checkpoints" when it shows the tills!



Gaza 2011.
Just like Auschwitz.
Funny comment on the video: "NOOOOOOOOOO this is lies!!why GaZa only get iPhone 3GS? when IsRaeiil get iPhone4???? crimeeesss!!1 i tell UN!!!"
You may think reality could not be more ridiculous than that comment. Well, read on:



iPhone 5 on sale in Gaza before Israel.
Report, Oct 2012. Formerly here. Now here.
Reuters report: "The iPhone 5 will not be available until December from mobile operators in tech-mad Israel ... But the phones have been available for a couple of weeks in Gaza and they were on display on Monday in three independent mobile stores in a one-block radius in downtown Gaza City."



Al Jazeera TV report on Gaza economy, Nov 2017.
Also here.



Blue Beach Resort in Gaza.



The "Roots" club and restaurant in Gaza City.
Copy here.



Level Up, rooftop restaurant in Gaza City.



The Louvre Restaurant in Rafah, Gaza.



"5 places to visit in Gaza", April 2019.
Another great video from the Turkish TRT World.


Beach Bar Café, #Gaza City beach, Al-Rashid St. #TheGazaYouDontSee #Palestine #eatingoutinGazahttps://t.co/91QveiAdyf pic.twitter.com/wep41uTqF7

— ?? ????? ????? Imshin (@imshin) November 11, 2022

  


Video logs

Some young Gaza kids have "video log" channels on YouTube showing their normal everyday life.

None of it looks like the Warsaw Ghetto.

  

A trip to the supermarket in Gaza.
From the "Buffy World" kids channel in Gaza.



Having ice cream, and a kids' car ride around Unknown Soldier's Square in Gaza.
From the "Mera World" kids channel in Gaza.



At the shop in Gaza, June 2019.
From "Mera World".
This shop is nicer and better stocked than 95 percent of the shops in my entire childhood in Ireland in the 1970s-80s. I guess I grew up in a "concentration camp" too and just didn't know it.


  

Images


  

The White Chalet beach resort, Gaza.
Noted here and here.



The Dolphin Club and Resort, Gaza, opened in 2013.
It's just like the Warsaw Ghetto.



Gaza hotel.
From here.



Buchenwald concentration camp.
From here.
Very similar to the Gaza hotel.



Al Mashtal Hotel, Gaza.
From here.
A nightmarish place, like the ravine of Babi Yar in 1941.
See TripAdvisor.



Swimming pool at the Blue Beach Resort in Gaza.
Posted in 2015 at Blue Beach Resort.
Re-posted at Most Beautiful Places in Gaza.
Evocative of the Holocaust, when Jews were forced to use similar swimming pools.


  

Comparisons with the Holocaust are a form of Holocaust denial

The comparisons of Gaza with the Holocaust are basically a form of Holocaust denial. They are saying that the Holocaust was not so bad - only roughly as bad as Gaza.

This represents a staggering failure of imagination. Anyone comparing Gaza to the Holocaust needs to read a book about the Holocaust.




The 9 hour documentary Shoah (1985).
Everyone who has ever used "Nazi" and "Holocaust" language about Israel and Gaza needs to watch this, and needs to read about the Holocaust.




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