I write this post with apologies to Nobel Prize Peace winner and Former President of the United States, James Earl Carter, who once told Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin “I’m sick and tired of hearing about the Holocaust” Well Jimmy-Tough
Sixty-Five years ago today (January 27 1945) the 322nd Rifle Division of the Red Army Liberated The Auschwitz Death Camp.
65 years after Auschwitz was liberated, the world is still a dangerous place for the Jews. Just last week Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad at a pro-Palestinian conference, told a pro Palestinian conference, that Jews need to be massacred every once in a while;
Jews “had always been a problem in European countries. They had to be confined to ghettoes and periodically massacred. But still they remained, they thrived and they held whole governments to ransom,” Mahathir said.
“Even after their massacre by the Nazis of Germany, they survived to continue to be a source of even greater problems for the world.”
Anti-Semitic Hate spews out of the UN with the Goldstone Report being only the latest example of how the world body uses Israel as its way to attack the Jews in a “politically correct manner.
Even in the United States, continues to grow, in places like the White House where Presidential Advisers use stereotypes such as “Pro-Israel Lobby” to disparage the Jews. Or the FBI where some of its leaders believe any Jewish FBI Agent has a duel loyalty. In the Media, Anti-Semites like Al Sharpton are allowed to speak about everybody’s bias but are never challenged on their own, Michael Scheuer the former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden Unit is allowed to blame everything on the Jews, and Holocaust deniers like Pat Buchanan appears on programs hosted by people who should know better.
When you look at the world, today, 65 Years after Auschwitz was liberated, the horrible hatred of the Shoah seems to be trying to peek through the slime once again, but no one talks about it.
That was the message that Binyamin Netanyahu gave today at Auschwitz
“From the cursed ground at Auschwitz, Birkenau and other camps rise the voices of our brothers and sisters, our people who choked to death and were burned and murdered,” said the prime minister, in English, wishing “decency, truth and hope … for all mankind” before switching to Hebrew, “the language the Nazis sought to exterminate.”
“Remember what Amalek did to you,” cautioned Netanyahu, quoting a particularly ominous passage from Deuteronomy. “I have come here today from Jerusalem to tell you: We will never forget. We will not allow the Holocaust deniers or those who desecrate [Jewish] graves and signs to erase or distort [our] memory.”
The prime minister also warned that though the “Nazi Amalek” was almost entirely a ghost of the past, “a new Amalek is appearing and once again threatening to annihilate the Jews. We will not allow it …We will never forget and always stand guard,” he said.
“Murderous hatred must be stopped in its tracks, stopped right from the beginning. All countries in the world must learn this lesson, just as we did after losing a third of our people in blood-soaked Europe. We learned that the only guarantee for the protection of our people is the State of Israel and its army, the IDF,” Netanyahu declared, warning that never again would the existence of Israel andthe Jewish people be threatened.
Israel, he said, must stand at the forefront of all civilized nations and warn them about impending danger – while also preparing to defend itself against all threats. “I promise, as head ofthe Jewish state, that never again will we allow the hand of evil to sever the life of our people and our state,” he solemnly added. Netanyahu chose not to specifically refer to the Iranian regime and its nuclear drive, but has drawn a link between the Nazis and the Iranian threat to the Jews in many recent speeches.
“Am Yisrael Chai, we have returned to our homeland, to the land of our forefathers, to Jerusalem, our capital. We have converged from all corners of the world, Holocaust survivors, Arab Jews, Jews from former Soviet Union states, Ethiopian Jews,” Netanyahu said, choosing frosty Poland as the location for his rebuke to those who claim the Jewish population of Israel is comprised mostly of emigrants from Europe.
“We bow our heads in memory [of Holocaust victims] and raise our heads as our flag waves with its two blue stripes and the Star of David at its center. We still haven’t lost our hope.”