I spend a good deal of time analyzing the comment threads on ‘Comment is Free’ with the assistance of the other dedicated volunteers of the CiF Watch team and have seen my fair share of repulsive antisemitic commentary. It seems however that there are no bounds to the moral depravity of the anti-Israel (or more correctly anti-Jewish) commenters on ‘Comment is Free’ so long as it serves the purpose of beating Israel, as the world Jew, with the proverbial stick.
Check this comment out from the Jimmy Carter thread posted yesterday by a certain Gilles38:
19 Dec 2009, 1:44PM
Israel has no intention of letting Gaza be rebuilt. They, with the acquiescence of the west in general and the United States in particular, are going to let 1.5 million Palestinians suffer indefinitely under increasingly miserable conditions. Wonder what happened to the “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign that disappeared from Auschwitz? The Israelis are going to erect it over the Karni Crossing.
I don’t know about you but I felt physically sick reading this. What Gilles38 was referring to was the theft of the hugely symbolic “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign from outside the Aushwitz death camp a few days ago and it really does take some taking to make a joke out of what happened.
Now here’s something interesting. I thought I’d see what the Vanguard News Network (VNN), a Stormfrontesque type forum, was saying about the theft of the sign.
Lo and behold, of all the mainstream news outlets reporting the story, guess what source the VNN poster below uses – the Guardian!
And if you take a look at the VNN thread, guess where Gilles38 gets his inspiration for his comment posted on CiF.
Or maybe the VNN poster, George Witzgall, was inspired by Gilles38’s comment.
In any case, if you’re wondering why the title for this CiF Watch post is “Comment Macht Frei”, here’s why.
For more on Nazi analogies in “Comment is Free” check out AKUS’s postings on the subject here and here.