What is real in this...What is real in this: Extermination of the Jews in Germany, "Holocaust." "!!!" Or Extermination of the Palestinians in Gaza.  

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Are you arguing that the Holocaust is not real? The fact that the Holocaust is real, and more than 6 million Jews and other groups were targeted for systematic extermination, does not diminish the suffering of the Palestinians. There is too much hate.
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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I, too, must agree that the Holocaust far exceeds the devastation and severity of the Palestinians in Gaza. As enotechris points out, people (large numbers of people) have been murdered from the beginning of time. But, regardless of the numbers, the more important part is the impact on humanity.

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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People have been killing people since there've been people.  This is a hard, sad fact of history -- Armenians under Turks during World War 1, Ukrainians under Stalin and Koreans under Japanese in in World War 2, "ethnic" cleansing in our current day.  The point is not to assign blame, but to minimize such occurrences.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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I would agree that the death of many Palestinians in Gaza is tragic, but in no way similar to the Holocaust. The jews during the Holocaust were systematically rounded up from several countries. They were placed in death camps where they were treated horribly and eventually killed. I think one of the worst things about the Holocaust is the systematic and well organized destruction of a race. The situation in Gaza is quite different. It is a war. Both sides claim a right to the land and both sides dislike (if not hate) each other. The killings are horrible and (I think) senseless, but it cannot be compared to the Holocaust.
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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The Palestinians in Gaza may well be being abused, but their plight is in no way equal to that of the Jews in the Holocaust.  In the Holocaust, millions of Jews were purposely killed.  In Gaza, Israel has killed Palestinians, but not systematically.  It does blockade them and make their lives miserable, but that is nothing near to being the same as killing them.

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