A great headline today from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz: “A Nazi in every corner.”

The article explains the ubiquity of Holocaust analogies in Israel. Israeli politicians and activists, says Haaretz , frequently use phrases like “the banality of evil” and “Nazi boots”–as well as references to the Nuremberg Laws and Hitleriite policies–while discussing topics like (you guessed it) the Palestinian Occupation and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Still, I’m not sure I buy the author’s contention that these analogies to Nazism:

“may also have some value in helping us to process our understanding of that terrible era.”

I think it’s more likely that they are cheap shots, and an easy way to monger fear.