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My last post was about Israeli leaders calling for a holocaust against the Palestinians….

This was reported throughout the world…. upsetting the zionists. Rather then get Israel to call off it’s stormtroopers… they merely call it all a ‘bad translation’ of what was actually said….

Read about it here…..pathetic as it might be.

Friday, 29th February 2008

Ye gods. The BBC has put out this story:

Israel warns of Gaza ‘holocaust’Israeli leaders are warning of an imminent conflagration in Gaza after Palestinian militants aimed rockets at the southern city of Ashkelon. The deputy defence minister said the stepped-up rocket fire would trigger what he called a ‘bigger holocaust’ in the Hamas-controlled coastal strip.

This reported remark by deputy defence minister Matan Vilnai caused widespread shock and absolute horror. For an Israeli minister to use the word ‘holocaust’ to describe a limited war of Israeli self-defence, when for Jews of all people the ‘Holocaust’ means one thing: genocide — and this at a time when the calumny of the ‘Jews as Nazis’ is rampant around the world, putting Israel and the Jewish people at risk — was simply beyond belief.

It was indeed without any credibility — because Vilnai never said it. It was an appalling mistranslation by Reuters, the source of the BBC story. Vilnai said:

‘The more Qassam (rocket) fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they (the Palestinians) will bring upon themselves a bigger “shoah” because we will use all our might to defend ourselves’.

Reuters translated the Hebrew word ‘shoah’ as ‘holocaust’. But ‘shoah’ merely means disaster. In Hebrew, the word ‘shoah’ is never used to mean ‘holocaust’ or ‘genocide’ because of the acute historical resonance. The word ‘Hashoah’ alone means ‘the Holocaust’ and ‘retzach am’ means ‘genocide’. The well-known Hebrew construction used by Vilnai used merely means ‘bringing disaster on themselves’.

As a subsequent Reuter’s story reported,

Vilnai’s spokesman said: ‘Mr. Vilnai was meaning “disaster”. He did not mean to make any allusion to the genocide.’ Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Arye Mekel, added: ‘Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilnai used the Hebrew phrase that included the term ‘shoah’ in Hebrew in the sense of a disaster or a catastrophe, and not in the sense of a holocaust.’

But this grotesque mistranslation has given Hamas a propaganda gift which they lost no time exploiting:

Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said of Vilnai’s comments: ‘We are facing new Nazis who want to kill and burn the Palestinian people.’
At a time when the rockets continue to rain down on the southern Negev and Israel is being forced to contemplate stepping up its incursions into Gaza because of the truly genocidal assault upon its citizens by Hamas, such a mistranslation is more than an unfortunate slip. In the present explosive atmosphere, it can lead directly to an enormous escalation of violence by the Palestinians.
It is not enough for Reuters to try to cover its backside in subsequent stories. It must issue an explicit retraction, and so must the BBC. Instantly.


  1. jingles said,

    February 29, 2008 at 22:23

    Continue Raining Down -please get real.Seems you don’t know what rain is.
    When it rains–millions of droplets. When Palestine rockets are sent—you can count them on your fingers.Now tells when the Israel gunners mo-down Arabs with machine guns—?

  2. hp said,

    February 29, 2008 at 23:02

    So the term “no business like shoah business” is no longer pertinent?

  3. Keaves Sharpy said,

    February 29, 2008 at 23:55

    Quote: Israel is being forced to contemplate stepping up its incursions into Gaza because of the truly genocidal assault upon its citizens by Hamas

    …what planet do you live on? Hamas is the ELECTED GOVERNMENT of Gaza; Gaza is barricaded, one big giant cell, and innocent children are killed regularly by the IDF. Quassam rockets dropping into empty fields, occasionally damaging property and rarely wounding unfortunate bystanders is hardly a “genocidal assault upon its citizens!”

    I’m absolutely fed up with this “Israel does nothing wrong” B.S. spewed all over the place. You have your family locked up behind a wall to starve, lucky if you have electricity, running out of water, unable to purchase basic supplies- for 40 years – and what would YOU DO?

  4. j.c. said,

    March 1, 2008 at 00:58

    They KILL childen for sport …



    ..:: War Crimes ::.. ..:: War Photos ::..


  5. Alan Cabal said,

    March 1, 2008 at 02:47

    Beware, Israel: justice is coming.

  6. NM said,

    March 1, 2008 at 03:05

    the dictionary seems to think shoah means holocaust too.

    They’ll say anything to cover up their mistakes. But what was done is done and their agenda is voiced.

  7. March 1, 2008 at 03:31


    There is not denying THE Holocaust. But it’s happening again — in the West Bank and in Gaza. But this time it is perpetrated by the victims of the earlier holocaust, the Zionists.

    Face it. The Nazis wanted “Weltherrschaft” (world dominion)
    and they needed an “enemy” to justify their barbarities. The
    Jews became the enemy.

    Israel wants — maybe not world dominion but certainly dominion of the Middle East. Here the enemy to justify their barbarity is Palestine.

    Remember how the Zinonists — Stern Gang mean anything to you? If not, do a bit netsearch — bullied their way into Palestine, ethnic cleansing the natives and pushing them into refugee camps — and now bombing them out of what little land is left to them.

    The few rockets Gaza sends into Israel are but a pin prick. They become the excuse for the Zionists’s new holocaust.

    I fail to understand how “the only democracy” in the Middle East can be so barbarous? The Zionists have (mis)approriated all the land they need. Let the poor Palestininas live!

  8. frank said,

    March 1, 2008 at 07:26

    Zionists complaining about press bias?


  9. Graeme said,

    March 1, 2008 at 10:24

    Perhaps all those dead in Gaza are just a “mistranslation”? The US is just as guilty as Israel.

  10. Passenger57 said,

    March 1, 2008 at 12:28

    “I was misquoted” or “My comments were taken out of context” are the oldest ones in the old-ass book. Say what you want,and if it blows up in your face,deny,deny,deny.
    It must be cool when you can say these things and STILL get 2.55 billion dollars in aid.

  11. coolcuke said,

    March 1, 2008 at 12:56

    “Woe unto the Earth for the Devil has been cast down among you knowing that he has but a short time.” How could we doubt it now?

  12. Matt Giwer said,

    March 1, 2008 at 19:22

    For a fact, it is standard practice for Hebrew language Israeli newspapers to translate Shoah as Holocaust for their English editions. Shoah, disaster, doesn’t have the marketing impact of Holocaust. Translating Shoah as Holocaust is always an intentionally incorrect translation.

  13. peral said,

    March 1, 2008 at 23:09

    I was told that Jewish was a religion and not a nationality. Is this true?

  14. Vierotchka said,

    March 2, 2008 at 00:38

    Could you possibly change your font style? Small fonts in bold are very painful to many eyes and make it hard to read – this is why, on your site, I give up after the first sentence because my eyes hurt within seconds of trying to read your articles. This is a pity, because the subjects are of great interest to me. Thanks in advance.

  15. detainthis said,

    March 2, 2008 at 02:48

    Melanie Phillips, hasbaranik of the hour, says:

    It is not enough for Reuters to try to cover its backside in subsequent stories. It must issue an explicit retraction, and so must the BBC. Instantly.

    Yeah, Melanie. Like the Ahmadinejad “wiped off the map” mistranslation that makes no sense in Farsi. But of course that doesn’t count, now does it. No. We had to repeat it about 20,000 times, so people think an impotent figurehead is a threat to the superpower of the Middle East and the world.

    Let’s do the same thing for the current “mistranslation.” Whadaya say, Melanie? Uh huh…


  16. detainthis said,

    March 2, 2008 at 03:52

    An actual mistranslation must NOT be retracted by major media!

  17. Tim Buck said,

    March 2, 2008 at 21:20

    peral: Judaism is a religion & the praticioners are called Jewish. However, it is claimed that if one’s mother is Jewish then the child will also be Jewish. Since Judaism is not a nation, but a religion therefore Jewish is NOT a nationality. That’s why we have Russian, Polish, Spanish, British, American Jews.

  18. Alan Cabal said,

    March 8, 2008 at 09:09

    What great sport we shall have, here in the USA, dishing justice out to our former overlords!

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