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Zimmermann was quoted in an interview by the local Yerushalayim newspaper as saying (inter alia): "Soldiers who volunteer especially for service in the territories are seen as heroes, and one can basically (sic) compare the spirit of this volunteerism to the spirit of the German who volunteered to serve in the SS...The children of Hebron are just like Hitler Youth. From birth they are infused with the idea that Arabs are bad, that there is antisemitism, that everyone is against us. They are turned into paranoids of a "superior race". Just like Hitler Youth". I don't think I am the only informed reader whom Zimmermann's weasel word "basically" reminds of Heidegger's famous post-war remark that there is "essentially" no difference between Auschwitz and mechanized (scilicet, "Judiazed") agriculture. It seems to me that anyone - Jewish or not - who compares Jews/Israelis to Nazis is evincing the most profound antisemitism; if Zimmermann or anyone else wants to compare (rightly or wrongly) Hebron Jews to Communists,Tartars, Le Penists, xenophobes or whatever, that is a matter of free speech. But the equation Jew=Nazi is simply out of bounds; that was the most appalling practice of the late Yeshayahu Leibowitz and will remain a disgrace to his memory for ever. There are some things that cannot be said without incurring the most abject shame. I append here an additional editorial comment from Ma'ariv: "Those who deny the Holocaust can now use the statements of an educated Israeli - who is well-known in Germany - as testimony that the Nazis were no worse than the Jews in their own land". Paul Lawrence Rose PLR2@PSUVM. PSU. EDU