Remembering is not enough

By Batsheva Haber

A man walksImage into a room full of Jews and shoots – killing three, days later eviction notices are taped to Jews’ doors. Sound familiar? Of course, it’s Nazi Germany in the 1930’s.

Except it’s not. It’s the United States of America, it’s the year 2014.

April 13th 2014, a man walks into a crowded Jewish center and shoots three people in cold blood. April 24th 2014, Jewish students in NYU are targeted by a group of pro-Palestinians, who post eviction notices on their dorm rooms.

And outside the US? In the last month alone: Ukrainian Jews received leaflets claiming to be from the government (they were not) requiring them to register as Jews, and a Synagogue in Ukraine was targeted and burnt. A group of Muslims in France come out with a statement that, “all the evil in the world originates from the Jews.” And a Spanish town decides to hold a vote in order to decide whether it is justified to change the name of their village – “Kill Jews” (a phrase they also use as a toast, while drinking on Easter).

And that’s without even starting on the attacks and threats made on the Jewish state Israel, both verbally and physically.

A report released recently shows that Anti-Semitic attacks have increased worldwide in 2013.  It’s the 21st century, and yet the Jews are still being targeted for no reason, other than them being born Jewish.

Today is the Holocaust Remembrance Day, the day where Israel commemorates the brutal murder of 6,000,000 Jews, 1,500,000 of which were children. On this day I turn to the world leaders. Only 69 years ago you made us a promise – “Never Again!” Are you living up to it?