International Holocaust Remembrance Day was created in 2005 by the United Nations to commemorate the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

International Holocaust Remembrance Day was created in 2005 by the United Nations to commemorate the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

by January 28, 2017 0 comments

International Holocaust Remembrance Day was created in 2005 by the United Nations to commemorate the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Growing up, “never again” is a phrase we hear and repeat as Jews, marking a stance against discrimination and violence towards our people.
Never Again means protecting ourselves from hate and descrimination. Never Again speaks to protecting those that suffered and doing right by them (http://www.cnn.com/…/…/holocaust-survivor-poverty/index.html). Never Again speaks to allowing the public to be educated on facts and data so we may know what is going on around us and act against forces that are evil.
But there’s another part of “never again” that we don’t talk about enough, especially as Judaism turns more nationalistic. From the words of the UN resolution itself, we should “[condemn] without reserve all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief, wherever they occur…”. Never Again is NOT limited to the Jews, but to all those who are silenced.
It is truly a terrible thing to use a day of solemn remembrance like this to make a political statement but when basic human rights and the morality of this country seem to be in question, it’s difficult to overlook the meaning of this day in comparison with the actions of our current administration.
From one of the executive orders on Wednesday:
“To better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions, the Secretary shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent and, on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens.”
This styled publication of alleged crimes of a targeted group is exactly what was done against the Jews (see picture).
And then, from today, the very day memorializing the destruction of a race through demonization, another executive order limiting refugees on the basis of their religion. A clear first “toe in the water” towards that Muslim ban.
To all those Jews and their supporters who preach “Never Again”, it’s happening and it’s damn well time to remember the past.

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