The Holocaust serves as a stain upon our history of human existence. Depending on what scholar one asks, the Holocaust has several “beginnings.” For many, the Holocaust began with Kristallnacht, “The Night of the Broken Glass,” the 1938 campaign of violence and terror that dominated Germany and Austria before the declared kick-off of the Second World War.
The event is memorialized throughout Europe; however, this year, Jewish community leaders in Sweden have not been invited to attend a memorial event out of fear that their inclusion in the event might invite violence from Muslims.
“Umeå against Nazism” will run in the Swedish city of Umeå on Tuesday and Wednesday, but organizers are conspicuously not inviting Jews to the event as doing so might upset those who harbor anti-Semitic sentiments.
“In previous years, we have had a lot of Palestinian flags at these rallies, and even one banner where the Israeli flag was equated with a swastika,” organizer and local Workers’ Party member Jan Hägglund told locals. “The Jewish community wasn’t invited because we assumed they might be uncomfortable around that sort of thing.”
“That sort of thing” is called anti-Semitism and while it will likely never go away, the answer cannot and should not be to force Jews or those who support Israel to hide and cower to assuage the political ends of terrorists.
Some local officials are, instead, planning on holding a competing rally that is welcoming to Jews and those who support Israel.
What has become of the Western World? Why is it becoming rarer and rarer for people to do the right thing?
Backing-down to the absurd elements of society only emboldens their antics and encourages the solidification of extortion and violence as a means of achieving political ends.