Brazil’s Lula da Silva likens Gaza war to the Holocaust

No, this is not about Cuba, whose dictatorship Lula, a former protégé of Fidel Castro, has always backed. This is a reminder that Latrine perfidy has many manifestations, since the source is intrinsically perverse–and, as it happens, the Cuban regime has also taken an anti-Israel stance, though Brazil is rather more significant than a ruined island.

Speaking at an African Union summit, Brazil’s socialist president (who’s anything but a paragon of virtue) said that “What is happening in the Gaza Strip with the Palestinian people has no parallel in other historical moments. In fact, it did exist when Hitler decided to kill the Jews…It’s not a war of soldiers against soldiers. It’s a war between a highly prepared army and women and children.” At least he wasn’t wearing a keffiyeh, so thank goodness for small favors.

Lula’s malicious wording is self-evidently vile and beneath contempt but a prime example of its kind, albeit hardly original or unusual. Last year, he endorsed South Africa’s case of “genocide” against Israel at the International Court of Justice. There are, of course, Jews in Brazil, who have rightfully called Lula’s words a “perverse distortion of reality.”

Israel, which appears to have more or less ignored Cuba’s pro-Hamas position thus far, has responded rather more pointedly to Brazil’s. Its foreign minister called Lula’s comments antisemitic and declared him persona non grata in Israel until he retracts them, adding “We will not forget nor forgive.” Netanyahu himself said Lula’s remarks amounted to “Holocaust trivialization and an attempt to harm the Jewish people and the right of Israel to defend itself.”

Again, because we are so excruciatingly familiar with Latrine infatuation with and support for totalitarian tyranny in Cuba, we tend to take that personally, as if we were a particular target, but there are others. Lord, the disgust.

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