Published: 01.27.08, 09:35 / Israel Jewish Scene
Sunday the 27th of January marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a world-wide memorial day officially instituted by a 2005 UN resolution. This hallowed day, marking the official liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in 1945, again raises latent questions about the dormant specter of Anti-Semitism, and the state of the world's Jewish communities.
Among some of the latest anti-Semitic incidents worldwide was a December 1st attack on Esther Weiss and her son Sharon in Australia. The attackers hit 54-year-old Weiss and her son, punching them in the head while making repeated anti-Semitic slurs. They furthermore took the Kippah off the child's head and tossed it to the ground
The New Year also began with several anti-Semitic incidents. On January 7th a US Jewish cemetery serving two communities was desecrated, its headstones smashed and defaced. A few days earlier, the walls of the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged in Brooklyn were spray-pained with a swastika.
The study furthermore indicates that many countries do not take effective, consistent action to combat anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, and that even in countries which enact legislation to counteract these phenomena, these measures are seldom consistently and strictly enforced.
Zeev Bielski, Chairman of the Jewish Agency, also noted that "we can clearly see how the words of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are used as weapons by hate mongers world-wide, leading to these brutal acts of violence. It is hard to believe that 60 years after the Holocaust Jews worldwide are still living in fear and dread in wake of such attacks."
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