Approximately two weeks ago on the holiday of Simchas Torah, Hamas terrorists invaded the State of Israel. They marched from house to house raping women, torturing parents and children, and slaughtering families. More than a thousand innocent Jewish people were executed and mutilated. Not since the Holocaust have Jews been killed by such methods and in such a short time. We have been told by governments around the world, “Never Again.” The phrase emerged as a global outcry following the destruction of six million of Europe’s Jews during a period when the world was confronted with the unimaginable horrors of the Nazi regime’s systematic extermination of Jewish people. In response, the international community established institutions such as the United Nations and adopted human rights conventions to prevent such atrocities. The commitment to “Never Again” was born out of the hope that humanity had learned from its darkest chapter. Our governments have taken a stance of condemnation against these acts of terror targeting Israel, and in some instances, there has unfortunately been expressions of support for the so called “freedom fighters.” It is disheartening to see such events unfold, and it challenges the notion of “Never Again.” These recent weeks have demonstrated that such horrors can occur again.
Once again, despite the promise that it wouldn’t happen again, we witnessed Jews being forcibly displaced from their homes, subjected to heinous acts, and experiencing violence reminiscent of the tragic events of the Holocaust. It is nothing short of a massacre, and it is a painful reminder of the genocidal threats that the Jewish people continue to face. “Never again” is an empty statement without action. It can damn well happen again, and it was just proved this week!
Many people, including Jews, are hesitant to show their support for Israel and the Jewish people. I’d like to inform the readers of a quote which is prominently displayed in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.
“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.”
In a world filled with conformity and complacency, there comes a moment in every person’s life when they are faced with a choice: to stand up for what they believe in or to remain silent, blending into the background. Taking a stand is not a mere act of rebellion, it is an act of courage, a testament to one’s values and principles, and a call to make a difference in the world.