As The US Debates “Concentration Camps,” These Jews Are Trying To Actually Shut Them Down

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    • #89368
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      This is a great read that shows many younger American Jews are outraged that the Holocaust is being used by American Fascists to defend concentration camps on the Mexican border. My favorite four paragraphs are the last four, but I hope you read the whole thing. This made me feel a little more hopeful:

      “I don’t feel accountable to the Democratic Party — I feel accountable to people, particularly people who are really getting fucked over by the system,” Mond said. “If the Democratic Party wants to step up and help those people, I’ll gladly back them. But if they’re going to stand there and fund Border Patrol and ICE facilities like Pelosi and the Democrats did last week, why would I be accountable to them?”

      Much like the Democrats have been split on whether to fund the centers, they’ve also been divided on whether it’s appropriate to call them “concentration camps.” Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Jerry Nadler, both of whom are Jewish, defended Ocasio-Cortez’s use of the term amid the controversy. But Rep. Josh Gottheimer, who is also Jewish, called the comparison “cruel and disrespectful to the six million who were murdered in the Holocaust, including members of my own family.” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasioalso said “of course she was wrong” to make the comparison, while even Sen. Bernie Sanders distanced himself from the comment.

      But the Never Again Action members are leaning right into the comparison. They draw their name, after all, from a phrase directly associated with the Holocaust. Organizer Sophie Ellman-Golan, 27, said the label “concentration camp” is appropriate because “we should be using the strongest possible words to describe what’s happening right now.”

      “If the use of that term does prompt people to feel uncomfortable or hurt,” she said, “those are the right feelings to have about what’s happening right now.”

      Full article here.

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    • #89383
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      An internment camp is for people already living in the U.S. like Japanese people held for a short time during the war.

      Concentration camps for Jews already living in Europe before 1945, were divided into labor camps or extermination camps.

      https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/05/uk-concentration-camps-wwii-poland-internment-prisoners

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      • #89387
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        I must semantically disagree. Internment camps are concentration camps, since a concentration camp is any facility where targeted ethnicities or nationalities are concentrated into a place and not permitted to leave by government authorities.

        The term concentration camp is likely to cause discomfort among those ethnicities whose governments are doing the targeting, and therefore the most effective one to use in a country like the United States.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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