JERUSALEM (AP) - The head of Israel's Holocaust memorial says
the use of Nazi imagery at recent anti-Israel demonstrations across
Europe has fanned the flames of anti-Semitism and incited violence
Avner Shalev, chairman of the Yad Vashem museum and memorial,
says the comparisons of the Gaza offensive to Nazism are
"manipulative distortions of history." And he calls for the Holocaust to be left out of contemporary political discourse.
Protests against Israel's war against Hamas have included signs and slogans comparing Israeli soldiers to German troops, the Gaza Strip to the Auschwitz death camp and the Jewish Star of David to the Nazi swastika.
The U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League says the protests have come amid a dramatic increase in anti-Semitic acts, including attacks on synagogues, beatings of pro-Israel demonstrators and proposed boycotts of Jewish businesses.
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