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What Matters Now to Prof. Jan Grabowski: Appropriation of Holocaust terms in Gaza war

Historian discusses how the definitions of the terms ‘genocide’ and ‘Zionists’ are usurped and cheapened in an effort to delegitimize the Jewish state during the war against Hamas

Welcome to What Matters Now, a weekly podcast exploring one key issue currently shaping Israel and the Jewish World.

This week, host Amanda Borschel-Dan speaks with Holocaust historian Prof. Jan Grabowski, the author of “The Hunt for the Jews.”

We discuss how, in recent decades, the lexicon associated with the Holocaust has been usurped and recycled for any number of political purposes. Most recently, the terminology has been showcased during Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza and accusations against the Jewish state of genocide have led international news.

We ask Grabowski, who is currently conducting research in Israel, about the use of terms such as “genocide” and “Nazi” during a period that the University of Ottawa professor calls “ahistoric.”

He speaks about the challenges of educating at western universities today — especially as some students are calling for their Jewish peers and faculty to “go back to Europe.”

So this week, we ask Prof. Jan Grabowski, What Matters Now.

What Matters Now podcasts are available for download on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts. This episode was produced by the Pod-Waves. 

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