Fighting anti-Semitism requires real goals, 9 November
It was a terrifying thing to see far-right groups from all over Europe gather in – of all places – Warsaw, Poland on December 4-5, 2021. We see extreme nationalism and authoritarianism rising in many many places around the world, the most disturbing being the rise of hatred and anti-Semitism in the United States
By far the most horrible thing is to see the silence on the issue by many leaders.
At the end of World War II, many countries around the world came together in a chorus of « never again! » – the loudest of which was the United States.
« Never again! » to extreme nationalism. « Never again! » to hatred and genocide.
It is obvious that with social media and the Internet, these groups are very well organized and all communicate with each other. We are not immune. The religious right that has weaponized Christianity and the white supremacists that exist in the United States are clearly communicating with like-minded people here in Canada.
Where are the leaders who remember and sound the alarm?
We must remember what Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller said about the Nazis:
« First they came for the socialists, and I didn’t speak – because I wasn’t a socialist.
“Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t say anything — because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
« So they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak – because I wasn’t Jewish.
« Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me. »
If we don’t learn from history, we will tragically repeat it.