The following are excerpts of a speech given given by Prof. Daniel Jonah Goldhagen on January 15, 2006 at a South Florida gathering of American Friends of Rabin Medical Center in Boca Raton at Congregation B'nai Torah.
His talk was accompanied by a presentation by Dr. Maurico Lynn who compared the Ryder Trauma Center at the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami with emergency preparedness and the Trauma Center at Rabin Medical Center. Goldhagen words helps put into perspective Israel’s fight against both Hamas and Hezbollah. His words are frightening and need to be read by every Jew and Israeli in the world.
"Much has been said about the Hamas charter's call for the destruction of Israel and the need for Hamas to renounce this goal as the condition for being granted international legitimacy, economic aid and diplomatic recognition.
But an examination of the charter (available at http://www.palestinecenter.org/cpap/documents/charter.html) reveals that Hamas, also known as the Islamic Resistance Movement, is not just dedicated to the destruction of Israel. It shows Hamas to be governed by a Nazi-like genocidal orientation to Jews. "Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the Muslims," Article 28 of the charter says. This otherwise stunning statement is not surprising, given that Hamas describes Jews and Israel as a cosmic evil. Almost mimicking Nazi textbooks, Hamas contends that Zionism does "not hesitate to take any road, or to pursue all despicable and repulsive means to fulfill its desires." And what are those desires? "To demolish societies, to destroy values, to wreck answerableness, to totter virtues and to wipe out Islam. It stands behind the diffusion of drugs and toxics of all kinds in order to facilitate its control and expansion." (Article 28)
Faced with this demonic enemy, Hamas is determined to rouse the Islamic world to act in the only manner adequate to the danger. Negotiation, compromise, any permanent modus vivendi with Israel and Jews is not thinkable. Jihad and destruction is. Proclaiming every inch of Palestine, including all of Israel, to be Palestinian and Islamic, and in accord with its demonic view of Jews, the charter declares, "[Peace] initiatives, the socalled peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement."
As a lifelong student of Nazism and its radical murderousness, I have always been extremely reluctant to use the epithet "Nazi" for other reprehensible, anti-Semitic or genocidal movements. Whatever the other differences, the anti-Semitism and the murderous logic that form the principal content and rhetorical structure and substructure of this charter and this political party are unmistakably Nazi-like with regard to Jews. The last 100 years have shown that those expressing murderous dreams, like Hitler, mean it!"
Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, a member of Harvard's Center for European Studies, is the author of Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust. He is completing a book on genocide in our time.
A special interfaith mission to Israel, of Jews and Christians from New Jersey and across the USA, was launched in November 2006 under the leadership of Mr. William Sutter, head of Friends of Israel and Alan Respler, head of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey.
Seventy year-old Gershon Gefen was not thinking about a trans-Atlantic flight to the United States when in mid-2008, doctors in the Cardiothoracic Surgery Department of Rabin Medical Center, transplanted Heart Mate II, a permanent left ventricle assist device.
It was perhaps ironic that on the day that a special emergency exercise in the event of a chemical attack in a central neighborhood was held at Rabin Medical Center a real rocket fell in Beer Sheva showing the importance of always being prepared.