First there was this: Sarajevans protest Israeli offensive (AFP, Jan. 8 )

Several hundred Sarajevans protested Thursday against the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, saying it reminded them of their own suffering during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war.

“Srebrenica 1995 — Gaza 2009″ and “Palestine is another Bosnia,” read some of the banners carried by the protestors who gathered in front of the US embassy in downtown Sarajevo.

The rally was organised by an association gathering survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men, the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II.

“We went through a similar situation and we know that nothing can cure the consequences,” Kada Hotic of the Mothers of Srebrenica association told AFP…”The killing of children, hunger and suffering should be stopped, and big powers can do that with a single word. We do sympathise with the mothers in Gaza, but it does not help much,” she stressed.

In contrast, below is the letter from the Bosnian-Serb PM (thanks to Aleksandar in Belgrade for the translation from the Serbian-language site “,” Jan. 17):

Serb Republic Prime Minister Milorad Dodik Sends Letter of Support to Israel

Prime Minister of Serb Republic, Milorad Dodik yesterday sent a letter of support to Israeli President Shimon Peres. Prime Minister Dodik in his letter conveys his understanding of the precarious position of Israel and its citizens, at the same time giving full support to the Israeli effort to ensure security and peace to the Israeli people.

Dodik states in his letter that the Serb Republic (Republika Srpska) does not support anti- Israel demonstrations and gatherings that have been organized in the other part of Bosnia (the Muslim-Croat Federation).

Prime Minister Dodik at the same time expresses his belief that soon a long-term peaceful solution will be found for the conflict in which Israel finds itself.

For speaking in support of Israel, Dodik was reproached by Bosnia’s Muslim-dominated state-run television, as Andy Wilcoxson informs:

Bosnian Serb PM sends letters of support to Israeli president
BBC Monitoring Europe (Political) - January 19, 2009 Monday

Text of report by Bosnia-Hercegovina Federation public TV, on 17 January

[Presenter Sanjin Beciragic]

[Bosnian] Serb Republic premier Milorad Dodik has sent a letter of support to Israeli President Simon Peres, expressing understanding for, as he called it, the difficult position in which Israel and its citizens find themselves. At the same time he expressed his full support for efforts to secure peace and security for the people of Israel. The letter says that the RS [Serb Republic] does not endorse the anti-Israeli protests and events organized in the other part of B-H [Bosnia-Hercegovina], i.e. in the Bosnia-Hercegovina Federation.

Mr Dodik perhaps needs reminding that Israel has killed more than 1,000 civilians in Gaza so far, including 300 children.

Dodik was further condemned by Bosnia’s two main Muslim parties:

Bosnian opposition party condemns Serb PM’s support for Israel
BBC Monitoring Europe (Political) - January 19, 2009 Monday

Text of report by Bosnia-Hercegovina Federation public TV, on 17 January

[Presenter Sanjin Beciragic] The SDP [Social Democratic Party] have reacted [to letter of support by Bosnian Serb Republic PM Milorad Dodik to Israeli President Simon Peres] saying that by justifying the Israeli bombing of Gaza, Milorad Dodik actually justifies the policy of killing innocent civilians pursued in this region by his idols as personified by Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic.

Main Bosnian Muslim party calls Serb PM’s Israel support “moral plunge”
BBC Monitoring Europe (Political) - January 19, 2009 Monday

Text of report by Bosnia-Hercegovina Federation public TV, on 18 January

[Presenter Mersiha Novalic]

The SDA [Party of Democratic Action], too, reacted today to a letter of support sent to the Israeli president by Bosnian Serb Republic Premier Milorad Dodik. They believe that Dodik’s letter represents the ultimate expression of a moral plunge of the inhumane principle running counter to civilization, to which Dodik subscribes, while thousands of civilian victims are still being counted in Gaza. The press release says that these values of Dodik’s cannot and are not shared by any reasonable person, including the Serb people in Bosnia-Hercegovina. Every person naturally distinguishes between good and evil, and even more so [discerns] the principle that innocent people must not be subjected to massive killing for the sake of a political idea, notes the press release.

My fellow Americans, please bear in mind that it is the latter mentality that your government is working to centralize in Bosnia-Hercegovina, by changing the country’s two parts into a single entity, eventually dissolving the Serb half.

On a related note, Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff, of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, has just been made an honorary citizen of the city of Novi Sad in Serbia. Today is the last day of a three-day, first-ever major conference to be launched by the center in Serbia on Holocaust history and education. Mr. Zuroff received the honor on Monday.

Zuroff Novi Sad honorary citizen

20 January 2009 | 11:04 | Source: B92, Beta

NOVI SAD — Simon Wiesenthal Jerusalem Center Director Efraim Zuroff has been awarded the title of an honorary citizen of Novi Sad.

The decision to confer the title was taken back in October of last year as a token of gratitude and as recognition of Zuroff’s struggle for justice and truth.

For years, he has led the fight to find and bring Nazi Second World War criminals to justice.

Accepting the title, Zuroff said that the political will to bring these criminals to trial was fading fast, but stressed that Nazi war crimes never expired and that the perpetrators of these crimes had to be brought to account.

“It reestablishes important principles, namely, that the passage of time in no way detracts from the guilt of the perpetrators and that old age should not protect ruthless murderers from bearing the guilt for the heinous crimes they committed,” he added.

Zuroff hopes that this award will carry resonance, particularly in Hungary, where Šandor Kepiro lives, convicted of having been one of those who conceived and executed the so-called Novi Sad raid.

Conferring the title, Novi Sad Mayor Igor Pavličić said that the city assembly had taken the decision to award Zuroff unanimously. […]

As a final point of contrast, a week later, there was this:

Bosnian Muslim authors slam Israel for “denying Bosniak genocide” (BBC Monitoring Europe, Jan. 29)

Text of report by Bosnia-Hercegovina Federation official news agency FENA

Authors Dzemaludin Latic and Fatmir Alispahic today condemned Israel’s denial of the genocide against Bosniaks [Muslims] and other peoples subjected to genocide.

Latic and Alispahic said in a statement for the public that they were “raising their voices in protest against Israeli officials’ attacks on the sanctity of the Bosniak victims, and by extension the Bosniak people who are blamed for inflicting pain and suffering on the Bosnian Serbs from the position of ‘terrorism and extremist fundamentalism’”.

They believe that in his correspondence with [Serb] entity Premier Milorad Dodik Israeli President Shimon Peres brazenly violated the sovereignty of the state of Bosnia-Hercegovina, because he “communicates with someone who does not represent our state, but only an entity which does not carry the attributes of a state”.

They also condemned the insult to all victims of genocide uttered by senior Israeli diplomat Pinhas Avivi, who said that “for his country the Holocaust is the only genocide”.

Latic and Alispahic stressed that the Holocaust was the worst genocide in history, whose dimensions are only comparable to Israel’s genocide against the Palestinians, which has been going on for decades with the support of America and silence of many western and Islamic countries. […]

Just yesterday the following commentary was published in the Bosnian-Serb daily Glas Srpske, underscoring the contrast between Bosniaks and Serbs vis-a-vis Israel/Jews:

Serb daily questions presence of Hamas people in Bosnia (Text of report by Bosnian Serb state-owned daily Glas Srpske, Jan. 21, BBC Monitoring Europe)

[Commentary by Goran Maunaga: “Hamas and B-H”]

Members of the Hamas terrorist organization, or rather the Islamic Resistance Movement which was set up in the Gaza strip in 1987, took part in the war in Bosnia-Hercegovina as part of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia-Hercegovina. A large number of them stayed behind after the war and are still in Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Several of them took part in anti-Israeli protests in Sarajevo the other day where they were seen chanting “Allahu Akbar [God is great].”

The Serb Republic [RS] does not approve of such protests and it was a good move on the part of RS Prime Minister Milorad Dodik to publicly and officially convey this in a message to Israeli President Shimon Peres.

The basic and what any sensible man would consider as the most important difference between the ideologies and conduct of Israel and Hamas is that Israel is striving for peaceful coexistence with the Palestinians while Hamas’s goal is the destruction of Israel to the last Jew. And if the Palestinians themselves could not restrain the fascist Hamas which had for months been firing rockets at Israeli settlements, then without doubt Israel had no choice but to do it itself.

This is how the 22-day long “Israeli attack on the innocent people of Palestine” is viewed from where I stand.

Still, let us see what should be done with the Hamas members who have settled in Bosnia-Hercegovina, mainly in Sarajevo, and obviously feel at home here. What should be done with those Hamas members who were stripped of Bosnia-Hercegovina citizenship but have not yet been deported because the authorities do not know where they are hiding? There are also Hamas members who are here legally, but the question is what are they doing in this country? And another question: What to do with those Hamas members who had committed war crimes in Bosnia-Hercegovina?

All these questions should be answered by Zlatko Lagumdzija who, in order to atone for his role in the extradition of the Algerian Six to the Americans, has been more vociferous than even Haris Silajdzic in defending “our Palestinian brothers,” in other words Hamas, despite the fact that the majority of Palestinians disown them.

Since, in a desperate attempt to regain votes, Lagumdzija lumped together in the same basket “those who set up Auschwitz and those who attacked Sarajevo and Gaza,” we believe that he owed us an answer to the following question: Who in fact are Hamas and should they really be allowed to achieve their publicly proclaimed goal of destroying Israel to the last Jew?