Irwin Cotler is going to try and wake up the world tomorrow:
A new, virulent and even “lethal” anti-Semitism is sweeping the globe and putting the lives of both Jews and non-Jews at risk, a leading human rights lawyer will argue this week.
At a confence in London of 100 parliamentarians from 40 countries, Irwin Cotler, a human rights lawyer from Canada who was once counsel to Nelson Mandela, will argue that the world is seeing a return to the vicious anti-Semitism that culminated in the Nazi Holocaust and the death of six million Jews.
In a paper seen by The Times to be presented at the conference tomorrow, Mr Colter says the level of anti-Semitism is “without parallel or precedent since the end of the Second World War.”
(read the whole story here Anti-Semitism now at Second World War high)
Take two minutes and look around this blog. I started it around 2 weeks ago, and I’m pretty sure that I have one story related to anti-Semitism for practically every single day. Is that normal? The Jews make up 0.002% of the world’s population! And if my blog posts aren’t enough, Irwin Cotler has also taken the time to make a list of some examples of antisemitic incidents around the globe 2008. The list is chilling, and it doesn’t even include incidents from January 2009 – the month with the highest total of antisemitic incidents in recent history.
The Jews have to realize that we are at a crucial point in our history. If we don’t speak up ourselves and encourage like-minded non-Jews to support us, then whatever happens will be our own making.
Yesterday I was talking to a Jewish mother I know, and she wanted to know if University of Toronto was ok for her to send her daughter. When I informed her that since the beginning of the school year, the Palestinians have displayed their racist “Israel = Apartheid” display two times, her response was “Oh, only two times? That’s ok!” That is our probem. To borrow what a Canadian politician infamously once said with regards to the amount of Jewish immigrants to let in: NONE is too many.
I’ll leave you with this. A prominent non-Jewish Canadian journalist I know who is a champion of Israel said the following to me when I thanked him for writing recent pro-Jewish article:
The fact that the Jewish community, Canadian brothers and sisters, feels grateful for being treated fairly, is so infuriating. That’s what drives me to write things like this. I’m glad I can help, obviously, but I don’t think I’ll ever be comfortable being thanked for sticking up for my fellow Canadians.
Things are going to get worse, too. But I’ll still be with you.
Good luck, thanks for the help, and stay safe.
We have to take the help while it is being offered, because rest assured it won’t be forever. But first, just like he has, we have to realize that there is a problem. Only once we are infuriated for asking him for his help can he really help us.