Selv ikke i Auschwitz får jøder være i fred. En gruppe på 50 jødiske studenter ble verbalt angrepet av tre franskmenn under en omvisning i Auschwitz.

«The 2_kommentar accusations were that the place does not only belong to Jews, and that we use it as a publicity tool for pro-Israeli propoganda,,» Tamar Schori, one of the students, said. «There was a guide with us that worked there, and she just backed off. We didn’t have anyone to turn to,» she added.

«Violence was narrowly averted,» adds Laurence Weinbaum, Director of Research at the World Jewish
Congress and resident scholar for the group, who says the Polish police were not notified of the incident because the assailants did not commit an actual crime.

«But, if the two sides hadn’t been separated, it would have come to blows.»

Nesten daglig melder internasjonale medier om fysiske angrep på jøder, hærverk mot jødiske institusjoner og skjending av jødiske gravsteder. (I følge Holocaust-fornekteren David Irving var det jødene selv som stod bak forrige ukes vandalisering i New Zealand. Irving er forøvrig på linje med NRKs Midtøsten-korrespondent Lars Sigurd Sunnanå, som midt i beste sendetid i februar i år hevdet at europeiske jøder har diktet opp overgrepene de gjennomgår for å skape sympati for Israel.)

De mange overgrepene mot jøder i verden i dag og de mange fjollete og skremmende forsøkene på å bortforklare dem, medfører at en ikke lenger lar seg overraske. Likevel ble jeg sittende med haken langt nede på brystet da jeg leste denne historien.

Evidently incited by the presence of an Israeli flag wrapped around the shoulders Schuri, the first assailant ran at the group while its members were being guided through a model gas chamber and crematoria and began swearing and hurling anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli insults.

Weinbaum, who has been to Poland more than 30 times on educational tours, says he never before saw anything like what happened, happen. «It was simply shocking,» he says. «In some way, I felt that these men were satisfied to visit Auschwitz. This was another reminder that in Western Europe there is sympathy for dead Jews; it’s just the live ones that they cannot tolerate.»