Katz: On eve of Yom Hashoah, Hamas attack on Kerem Shalom reminds us of group’s Nazi methods

Sam Sokol is the Times of Israel's political correspondent. He was previously a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Haaretz. He is the author of "Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews"

On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Foreign Minister Israel Katz links the Hamas terror organization to the Nazis and calls on the international community to support Israel’s war in Gaza.

“Today, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, we received a harsh reminder of the Nazi terrorist organization Hamas’s methods: firing from a civilian-populated area near the Rafah Crossing toward the Kerem Shalom Crossing, intended to allow humanitarian aid to reach Gaza residents,” he writes on X, formerly Twitter.

“The world must wake up and support Israel in its mission to eradicate Hamas,” he adds.

The use of rhetoric conflating the terror group with the Nazi Party has become increasingly common among Israeli leaders since October 7, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Hard-right Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich has gone so far as to use such terminology to refer to Palestinians more broadly, claiming in November that “there are 2 million Nazis” in the West Bank.

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