You’re not denying it, I said, quickly, you’re not actually questioning the figure, are you?
That’s not the point, Khalil said, the point is that it is against the law to deny it, and it is against an unwritten law to even bring it up in discussion. If we try to speak to the Palestinian situation, we hear six million. The six million: it was a terrible tragedy, of course, six million, two million, one human being, it’s never good. But what does this have to do with Palestinians? Is this Europe’s idea of freedom? Did the Palestinians build the concentration camps? And what about the Armenians: do their deaths mean less because they are not Jews? What is the magic number for them? I’ll tell you why the six million matter so much: it is because Jews are the chosen people. Forget the Cambodians, forget the American blacks, this is unique suffering. But I reject this idea. It is not a unique suffering. What about the twenty million under Stalin? It isn’t better if you are asked to kill for ideological reasons. Death is death, so, I’m sorry, the six million are not special.