The current issue of Adbusters magazine is roundly condemned as being anti-Semitic by two leaders of the Canadian Jewish Congress. Bernie Farber, the CEO and Len Rudner, the Ontario regional director, use a column in the National Post to take exception (to put it mildly) to a photo spread that visually compares the Warsaw Ghetto to the present-day experiences of the Palestinians. They dismiss the comparison.
The argument is obscene, and continues the disgusting tradition of some supporters of the Palestinian cause to turn Jews into Nazis and Palestinians into Jews. In so doing, these propagandists not only demonize Israelis (i.e., Jews), but minimize the murderous extent and intent of Nazism’s genocidal project. In other words, such vile analogies become a form of Holocaust minimilization.
Adbusters postures as chic and eco-friendly. It describes itself as a magazine concerned with the “erosion of our physical and cultural environments by commercial forces.” In the present case, they should have been more concerned with the erosion of their own moral and ethical standards.
Photos of the Warsaw Ghetto used in Adbusters were obtained from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum which -- with the prompting of Farber and Rudin -- has sent Adbusters a demand that the photos be removed from the magazine's website.
The two say they've asked their community members to tell bookstores or newsstands that “this is anti-Semitic and shameful.” However, they apparently don't want to be accused of demanding the issue's suppression.
This latest Adbusters anti-Semitic pictorial isn’t like what the real Nazis published in Der Sturmer — that would be a wrong analogy after all — but it doesn’t have to be to qualify as garbage. Should it be forced off the shelves? We aren’t asking for that, but we do think that store owners need to find out — from their customers — what strange goods they are selling.[We weren't able to find any visuals or reference to the photos on the Adbusters website.]