Yesterday was International Holocaust Memorial Day, a day established by the United Nations in 2005 to mark the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp on January 27, 1945.
With all these Holocaust Memorial Day celebrations, is the world any closer to ending anti-Semitism? Unfortunately, the answer is a resounding NO.
In the years since the Holocaust, Jews have been physically attacked for no other reason than their Jewishness, in such countries as Poland, France, Germany, Austria, England, Sweden, India, Bulgaria, Australia, etc. Jews in Europe are now afraid to publicly display their Jewishness. This past year alone, there were anti-semitic incidents in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and Africa. To date, only in Antarctica here have been no reports of Anti-Semitism.
In many parts of the world and, in particular, the Middle East, anti-Semitism is often disguised as anti-Israel sentiment. However, the Arabs cooperated with the Nazis during World War II and the Palestinian Arab leader, Mufti Haj Amin al- Husseini, who is still venerated by many Arabs today, was the first non-European to request admission to the Nazi party. He was one of the initiators of the plan for the systematic extermination of European Jewry and appeared regularly on German radio broadcasts to the Middle East to spread his anti-semitic hatred to the Arab masses. Today, the PLO charter still calls for the “liquidation of the Zionist presence,” a euphemism for the State of Israel.
So, it appears that the end of World War II and the liberation of the concentration camps was merely the end of one chapter. Unfortunately, the book of anti-Semitism is still being written.