Thanks, JC, for your observations from Sweden, and for mentioning the Young Muslims Against Antisemitism. We need more young people everywhere saying “no” to the prejudices and hatred of their forebears. They are our best and possibly only hope for stopping “IT” happening again and again.
Sweden and the Middle East Views
Today I’m in Stockholm, Sweden, and participated in the memorial service for the victims of the Holocaust. It was cold, wet and dark and I listened to the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfvén, who spoke some quite wise words.
“I refuse to listen to the sound of boots marching”, he said, and the audience cheered.
He spoke of how important it is to stand up to oppression of certain groups everywhere and reminded us of some current examples:
“Jews in Europe, Roma in Hungary and Romania, homosexuals in Russia.”
He spoke of tolerance and the importance of the international community showing support for marginalized groups and efusing to let hatred seep in and become normal. He spoke of the importance of such an extinction not to happen again. I appreciated his speach as I believe the current Swedish government – established after a lot of drama – won’t cooperate with the extreme…
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