On Holocaust Memorial day, a warning of rising European anti-semitism

Anti-Semitism

The undoubted rise of anti-semitism in many European cities is being partly driven by the increasing influence of aggressive and sometimes violent sections of the growing Muslim populations, according to this article on the Church And State website written by Timon Dias, and this article from the Daily Telegraph.

If it’s true that parts of modern Europe are in effect looking the other way through fear for their own safety when their fellow Jews are targeted, then we are seriously back in the 1930’s. And when politicians say “it must never happen again” referring to the Holocaust, but do nothing to prevent it happening in their own countries, then we are in a dangerous position, and Edmund Burke’s statement, “all that is required for evil to flourish in the world is for good men to do nothing,” has never been more apt.

Much is made of the alleged difference between anti-semitism and anti-zionism, as if the latter is acceptable. However, a lot of what is called anti-zionism (aka anti-Israelism) is simply the socially acceptable face of anti-semitism.

On this Holocaust Memorial Day, it’s important for us to realise what is happening in our midst so that we can actively speak out and not remain silent in the face of a repetition of history.

Yom ha Shoah

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Do we still need to be reminded of the Holocaust? Oh Yes! The continuing need for such a memorial day is well demonstrated by two articles, one from the European Jewish Congress, showing anti-semitic attacks increased by 30% last year, and the other from the organisation Palestinian Media Watch. YouTube has threatened PMW with closure of their account because they expose the anti-semitism and hate-filled teaching of Palestinian children.

In their reports and articles PMW regularly exposes the official Palestinian policy of teaching it’s children to grow up to hate the Jews. Yet the West still supports the PA with millions of dollars, pounds and euros, and companies like YouTube threaten those who expose such anti-semitism.

Clearly, the need for the lessons of the Holocaust are definitely still needed for today! And that’s why, when Israel says “never again”, they actually mean it (unlike so many western political leaders) and take action to ensure it.

This evening sees the start of the Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel, Yom ha Shoah.