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Boycotting the Holy Land:
Dr. Hajo Meyer speaks at City College

Holocaust survivor Dr. Hajo Meyer spoke at City College. Photo by || Kate Paloy

A white-haired elderly Jewish author steps outside an American college with the intention of promoting his newest book. He is greeted by an angry crowd and hateful words from Jewish people waving Israeli flags. They prevent him from speaking with their criticizing screams about his book.

In this moment the 87-year-old Auschwitz survivor compares the crowd’s behavior to that of early Germany, when the oppression of his people unfolded before him in just this way.

The man is Dr. Hajo G. Meyer.

Meyer, author of the book “The End of Judaism: An Ethical Tradition Betrayed”,  shared this story and others with City College students in the Cultural Awareness Center on Feb. 16. The center was one of the stops on his national tour, Never Again For Anyone.

Meyer’s experience with the angry mob was one of many he recreated for his audience, stories that kept faces stoic and lips still as students listened intently. Remembering the psychological torture, the Holocaust survivor told the audience of the preparation involved to reduce human empathy to the point of allowing the extermination of a people. He says the mounting oppression of the Palestinian people in Israel has ignited a new fear that is fueling his recent tour.

“Let us not become our oppressors,” Meyer urged his audience. “It is permitted to kill Palestinian people.”

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The boycott is an attention-grabber that he says he feels is necessary to keep the oppression of the Palestinians from progressing.

With a screen dropped behind him Meyer shared ideas from other philosophers, such as Immanuel Kant and Arendt Hannah. He also included a passage from the Old Testament:

“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt…” Leviticus 19:33, 34.

Meyer went on to describe the slow dehumanization of one person and the desensitizing of another. His energy rose noticeably as he used examples from his own experiences to speak of brainwashing, aggressive oppression and racial evils. The activist spoke of being 9 when the Nazis came to his German homeland. By 14 he could no longer attend school and fled to Holland. He was captured at 19 and survived 10 months at Auschwitz concentration camp.

Though a highly educated, Meyer focused very little on his education and instead passionately persuaded his audience and enlightened them to his point of view.

“I didn’t know so much was happening,” Jordan Gonzales, 17, said. “I am glad I got to
hear him.”

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