(August 27, 2021 / JNS) A university in Spain canceled a course that would have examined comparisons between the Auschwitz concentration camp and the Gaza Strip after facing backlash from a local pro-Israel group.
The University of Santiago de Compostela’s philosophy faculty organized the course titled “Auschwitz/Gaza: A testing ground for comparative literature,” according to Action and Communication on the Middle East (ACOM), a Spanish organization that promotes relations between Israel and Spain.
A poster for the class showed images of children in a Nazi concentration camp standing behind barbed wire, juxtaposed next to a photo of a woman and child, although it’s not clear if they are supposed to be Palestinian.
“They did not choose any other place or event, but precisely the location where more than a million people were murdered, with the intention of criminalizing, dehumanizing and questioning the legitimacy of Israel, looking to extend a similarity between the Jewish state and Nazi Germany, a behavior defined as anti-Semitic in the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism officially adopted by Spain,” said ACOM.
“We celebrate that the university has rectified—eliminating from its academic offer a course designed only from the utmost clumsiness, fierce sectarianism and a shameless sense of impunity—a true enormity that trivializes the Holocaust, even awarding academic credits for it,” said the organization.
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