Attack against one is an attack against all

We are living in a time when anti-Semitism is again on the rise and public opinion is being wrongly and strongly influenced against Israel and the Jewish people.  Back during the 1930s and 1940s, millions of Jews became victims of the Holocaust not because they were unaware that something bad was happening but because it was all too horrible and too unbelievable to actually grasp the reality that systematic intimidation and murder could be taking place in an educate and sophisticated society such as existed in Germany and Europe.  The first step down this dark passage of history began with intimidation.

On April 1, 1933, the Nazi regime announced a boycott of Jewish tradesmen, craftsmen, lawyers and doctors, accompanied by intensive anti-Semitic propaganda that claimed the boycott was merely reciprocation for the hostile attitude of foreign Jews towards the new German regime.  For a time, the boycotts eased up however the economic and social isolation intensified.   Anti-Semitism and racism became a normal part not just of public campaigns, but also of teachings in schools. Eventually, the Nazi PR machine succeeded in convincing the German public that Jews were subhuman and were to blame for Germany’s many woes.  Jews became thought of as the enemy of Germany and thus were openly attacked in the streets and often in broad daylight. 

Today, an eerily similar pattern is emerging.  The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel and Israeli products is said to be in retaliation for the sufferings of the Palestinians for which the UN and others blame Israel.  Of course, this is nonsense. Thankfully the Jews now have a safe haven and it’s called the land of Israel however not all Jews live in Israel.  Those who continue to reside in France, Europe, Spain, Brussels and even in parts of the United States, are coming under increasing threats of attack.  In France, for example, Jews have been warned by government officials not to wear any articles of clothing or jewelry that identifies them as Jewish.  In 2017, a 65-year-old Jewish grandmother and teacher, was murdered by an Islamist neighbor who broke into her apartment, beat her and threw her from her balcony. Witnesses reported hearing him shout, “I’ve killed my Jew!” This past Friday night in Brooklyn, NY, there was another attack on a synagogue.  The perpetrator threw a rock through the windows causing the glass to shatter and land close to where the children and adults were gathered around the peaceful Shabbat table.  The Rabbi said, “We are facing this unfortunate experience not with discouragement, but with solid determination – to continue celebrating our faith, sharing our rich heritage, and offering our culture in an inclusive and warm environment. At the same time, we acknowledge the disturbing and increasingly frequent incidents of hate and prejudice in our New York community, and its destructive and divisive effects, especially on young people.”

Violence against Jews is not isolated to New York or Pittsburgh or France or anywhere else in the world.  Those of us who consider ourselves civilized and want to live in a peaceful society much consider an attack against one of us as an attack against all of us.  According to God’s word, we must stand shoulder to shoulder with our Jewish brothers and sisters knowing that it is our duty, as Christians and citizens of the free world, to make absolutely certain that another Holocaust never happens again.

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