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Re: "'NEVER AGAIN' OVER AGAIN" — on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Never Again Means Never Again The writer seems to have missed the point of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Research would show him that in addition to remembering the six million Jews who were slaughtered by the Nazis, 5 million other victims, the Roma Gypsies, Homosexuals, political prisoners, etc. are also remembered on this day. The mechanism that claimed the lives of 11 million civilians during WWII was designed by the Nazis for the explicit purpose of exterminating the Jews. This attempt by a nation to methodically exterminate an entire race of people is unparalleled in human history. The extermination apparatus made it convenient for the Nazis and their collaborators to murder other “non-desirables? as well. Any of the above mentioned groups are free to establish their own memorial days to recognize their suffering. Because they have not chosen to do so should not diminish the suffering of the Jews, nor the fact that we choose to actively remember the victims. It should also be remembered that the American Jewish community is heavily involved in bringing the current slaughter in the Darfur region of the Sudan to the world’s collective conscious. It is unfortunate that Joseph Anderson allowed his letter to stray beyond the Holocaust Memorial Day to the present situation in the Middle East, as one has nothing to do with the other. Israel is not an “exclusionary? Jewish state. All people, no matter what their ethnic background or religious preference are given the same rights as the Jews. There are Arab members of the Israeli Knesset. The would-be “Palestinians?, the Arabs who in their long-standing war to erase Israel from the map have formed terror organizations to intentionally murder Jewish men, women and children are being oppressed by their own leaders. There has never been an independent nation called “Palestine?, and prior to 1967 when Israel took over the disputed territories of the West Bank and Gaza, there were also no “Palestinian people?. PLO leaders themselves have stated this to be true as much as 10 years after the so-called “occupation?. (A quick reading of international law will show that said occupation is impossible because the territories never legally belonged to a sovereign nation.) The goal of the PLO was, is and always will be the destruction of Israel, not a “resistance to ethnic cleansing?. It should be noted here that while Arabs are allowed to live in Israel, Jews are forbidden residence in nearly all Arab countries. Arab terrorism is not in itself “anti-Semitic?. It is their inciteful rhetoric that claims Israel has no right to exist, openly vilifies the Jewish people in and calls for Jews to be killed “where ever [Muslims] find them?. “Never Again? means one thing to Jews and to Israel: Never again will Jews be herded into ghettos and death camps to be starved and slaughtered without resistance, while an entire world turns their back to the genocide (a word that did not exist prior to the Holocaust). Never again means that Israel will remain a haven for Jews everywhere, a country that will always welcome them. And it means that Israel will continue to fight for its existence against terrorists and nations whose goal is to destroy it.

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