How things have changed in the former USSR is certainly highlighted in “Knesset speaker to address Russian parliament 30 years after release from gulag,” which is charming and moving. However, the Israeli parliamentarians going on tour to Russia seem to have no plan to protest how things have stayed the same.
Presently, GLBTQ bear the brunt of repression in Russia. And Chechnya just put 100 homosexual men in a concentration camp. Read also: here.
Will the old Jewish resistance fighters, who enjoyed for decades a safe and just life in Israel, now stand up for minimal safety and rights for sexual minorities within the Russian Federation, or would that too much spoil their “excellent cooperation and deep friendship” and nostalgic trip through memory lane?
Rather, a failure to do so for the newer victims would erase the moral standing and message of the older persecuted. Let’s hope that the unbelievable courage that the latter have shown in standing up for what was right for them, will now also be available for others.
This is especially important now the important epoch to organize oneself against oppression is slowly replaced by a new era to learn to unite as allies and stand with others, rather than just one’s own.