Preserving the memory of the Holocaust is more important todaythan ever for in this period of resurgent and sometimes violent anti-Semitism,it is commemorations like this that remind us all where the oldest and mostenduring hatred can lead.
Unfortunately, in Europe and elsewhere, Jews are once againbeing targeted just for being Jews. Around the world, Jewish communities areincreasingly living in fear. We see anti-Semitism directed against individualJews, and we also see this hatred directed against the collective Jew, againstthe Jewish state. Israel is targeted with the same slurs and the same libelsthat were leveled against the Jewish people since time immemorial.
Islamic extremists incorporate the most outrageousanti-Semitism into their murderous doctrines. We see this in Gaza; we see it inRaqqa; we see it in Tehran. And it\’s not just Islamic extremists in the MiddleEast and Europe. Even respected Western opinion leaders have become afflictedwith hatred for the Jewish people and the Jewish state.
The obsession with the Jews – the fixation on the Jewish state- defies any other rational explanation. While across the region, Islamistmilitants brutalize entire populations, enslave and rape women, murderChristians and gays, the UN Human Rights Council repeatedly condemns Israel.More than North Korea. More than Iran. More than Syria. More than all of themput together. Some things just don\’t change.
But one thing has changed. We have changed. The Jews havechanged. We are no longer a stateless people endlessly searching for a safehaven. We are no longer a powerless people begging others to offer usprotection.
Today we are an independent and sovereign people in our ownhomeland. Today we can speak out against the voices of hatred and those seekingour destruction. Today we can protect ourselves and defend our freedom. We havechanged and we stand and speak out and we defend ourselves. But where isEurope? Where is the rest of civilization?
When a state like Iran and movements like Daesh (ISIS) andHamas openly declare their goal of committing another Holocaust, we will notlet it happen. But Europe and the rest of the world must stand up together withus. Not for our sake; for theirs.