In Israel the Holocaust was part of my
everyday life. I was raised to fear Germans and Palestinians. My father died
at an SS meeting — I knew so very little I was, you could say, blind.
– I was a neo-nazi, and they say – what is a neo-nazi? I told him this is a person who hates everybody who is not the same as yourself I felt compelled to know how Germans of
today deal with feelings of guilt for the Holocaust and I realized I have to
talk to Palestinians. Whenever Palestinians want to discuss the occupation, the Holocaust is brought up to silence them. The history of the Holocaust is silencing the world. I viewed photography as a weapon. The
difference is this is more powerful than holding a real weapon. What I’m trying to
say is we have another way. The Israeli or like me are we still the enemy?
– No absolutely not. The enemy is the occupation. The system. The idea. The occupation is our common enemy. I grew up in this country where the
Holocaust was not discussed. I take Palestinian students to visit Auschwitz. They never realized that the idea was to annihilate people. We are living in the reality in which the more Israelis breathe the more we choke. – We could have become like them, this is what we have to remember always. I wonder if any of us have learned from the past.