Seventy-five years ago, the Soviet army reached Auschwitz-Birkenau, threw open the extermination camp’s hateful gates and liberated those who had survived the Nazis’ horrors. The complex’s industry of death killed about 1 million Jews. This is an incontrovertible fact.
And yet, as eyewitness survivors age and pass away, we must focus on combating the passage of time’s impact on remembering historical events. It’s our collective responsibility to counter the dissemination of outright lies that threaten to dim the reality of the Holocaust’s undeniable hatred.
According to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, a shocking 41% of US adults, and 66% of those between the ages of 18-34 do not recognize the name Auschwitz.… Seguir leyendo »
For many Israelis, Jews and supporters of Israel, the last year has been a challenging one. In the summer of 2017, Israel’s government withdrew from an agreement that would have created an egalitarian prayer area at the Western Wall and proposed a strict conversion law that impinges on the rights of non-Orthodox Jews. This summer the Knesset passed a law that denies equal rights to same-sex couples. A day later came the nation-state law, which correctly reaffirms that Israel is a Jewish state, but also damages the sense of equality and belonging of Israel’s Druze, Christian and Muslim citizens.
Last month, a Conservative rabbi was detained for the alleged crime of performing a non-Orthodox wedding ceremony in Israel.… Seguir leyendo »
Ante la proximidad del 70º aniversario de Israel, me llena de orgullo ver la evolución que ha tenido el vulnerable Estado judío de mi infancia hasta convertirse en el país fuerte y próspero que es hoy.
Como presidente del Congreso Judío Mundial, estoy convencido de que Israel ocupa un lugar central en la identidad de cada judío y yo lo considero mi segundo hogar. Sin embargo, me preocupa el futuro de la nación que amo.
El Ejército de Israel es el más poderoso de Oriente Próximo. Sus logros económicos tienen resonancia mundial: en China, India y Silicon Valley tienen veneración por la tecnología, la innovación y el espíritu emprendedor de Israel.… Seguir leyendo »
As the state of Israel approaches its 70th anniversary, I am filled with pride as I watch the vulnerable Jewish state of my childhood evolve into the strong and prosperous nation it is today.
As president of the World Jewish Congress, I believe that Israel is central to every Jew’s identity, and I feel it is my second home. Yet today I fear for the future of the nation I love.
True, the Israeli Army is stronger than any other army in the Middle East. And yes, Israel’s economic prowess is world renowned: In China, India and Silicon Valley, Israel’s technology, innovation and entrepreneurship are venerated.… Seguir leyendo »
Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference.
The Middle East and parts of central Africa are losing entire Christian communities that have lived in peace for centuries.… Seguir leyendo »