Friday, September 02, 2011

Polish-Jewish sociologist compares West Bank separation fence to Warsaw Ghetto walls

Sygmunt Bauman says Israel ‘terrified of peace’ and ‘taking advantage of the Holocaust to legitimize unconscionable acts,’ in interview with Polish weekly ‘Politika.’

By Roman Frister , Haaretz, Sep. 1, 2011

Sygmunt Bauman, the Jewish sociologist and one of the greatest philosophers of our time, castigated Israel harshly this week, saying it did not want peace and was afraid of it.

Bauman said Israel was “taking advantage of the Holocaust to legitimize unconscionable acts,” and compared the separation fence to the walls surrounding the Warsaw Ghetto, in which hundreds of thousands of Jews perished in the Holocaust.

Separation fence in Bethelehem Meta-graffiti of a walled Christmas tree on the separation fence in Bethelehem.
Photo by: Olivier Fitoussi

In a long interview to the important Polish weekly “Politika,” Bauman said Israel was not interested in peace. “Israeli politicians are terrified of peace, they tremble with fear from the possibility of peace, because without war and without general mobilization they don’t know how to live,” he said.

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