I’m currently reading The Righteous by Sir Martin Gilbert. It’s an incredible book about the unsung heroes of the Holocaust who saved the lives of Jews. It’s astonishing how many great things were done by ordinary people in those dark, dark times.
Anti-semitism is on the rise again as bigots use Operation Cast Lead as an excuse to attack Jewish people. Pro-Hamas demonstrators arrived armed with bricks and knives to confront Jews who wished to peacefully support Israel. One of them spat at a Jewish child. At their pro-Hamas demonstrations they routinely chant anti-semitic and pro-terror slogans. Afterwards, groups of them smash up Jewish business, vandalise synagogues and beat Jews on the streets of London. In more than one European capital Jews have been officially advised not to wear religious headgear in public.
Then there is the less aggressive but insidious poison of the everyday Israel basher. Those who condemn Israel for defending itself against Hamas terror but who ignore other conflicts (Turkey and Sri Lanka have both bombed opponents in recent weeks) and continue to overlook the genocide in Darfur. As I’ve said before, these people don’t give a toss about the Palestinians, they just want to bash Israel.
Again – so much darkness, but I know that for all these bigots and bullies there are good people too. We don’t need to make even a fraction of the sacrifice that the people featured in The Righteous made. We just need to speak up. Let’s keep being heard.