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FPIF Defeating Hitler and Saving Israel
Avraham Burg, author of The Holocaust is Over: We Must Rise from its Ashes (Palgrave Macmillan 2008), is a left-leaning dissident Israeli whose views on issues such as Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians are well-known but hardly mainstream. Burg comes from a distinguished Israeli political family, and was himself speaker of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, from 1999-2003 as a member of the Labor Party. He served as a paratroop officer in Israel’s Defense Forces, opposed the 1982 war on Lebanon, and was wounded in a 1983 grenade attack by an Israeli right-winger on a demonstration sponsored by Peace Now, an Israeli nongovernmental organization that supports a just peace and conciliation with the Palestinians. He also has been Chairman of the Jewish Agency and the World Zionist Organization. His mother, born in what’s now the Israeli-occupied West Bank, survived the Hebron massacre of 1929; his father was a refugee from Nazi Germany in 1939.
Harsh Criticism, Fierce Backlash
When the original version of Burg’s provocative book appeared in Israel in 2007, in Hebrew and under the title Defeating Hitler, it created a sensation. It was widely reviewed and broadly denounced, including by some of his friends and political allies. One enraged critic accused Burg of harboring „a deep anti-Zionist pattern.“ Another charged him with conferring legitimacy on Israel’s delegitimization; and a member of the Knesset from the center-right Kadima Party said Burg should be denied burial in the National Cemetery in Jerusalem and should instead arrange for burial abroad. 

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