The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin
Twenty years after the end of World War II, anti-Semitism seemed to have begun to recede. But that, it turned out, was only in the eyes of the optimists. At the beginning of the 21st century, another anti-Semitic wave arose. In the last 2-3 years, several major local conflicts have erupted, threatening the peace of the planet. Unfortunately, another one of them – the war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, injected new energy into the (already) escalating anti-Semitism of recent years.
On November 9, the world once again celebrated the Kristallnacht, from which 85 years have passed and from which another mass extermination of Jews, which was named the Holocaust, began. “Never again is now!” wrote Berliners on the Brandenburg Gate and showed that anti-Semitism can be denied even in the country that gave birth to the Holocaust. Nevertheless, anti-Semitic manifestations became more frequent in it as well. We talked about the reasons for the rise of another anti-Semitic wave at the beginning of the 21st century in “Known and Unknown” with Assoc. Alexey Pamporov from BAS. “Anti-Semitism never disappeared, it was just less noticeable in Europe. For at least 30 years or so, Israeli teams have competed in European championships because of the impossibility of competing in the Middle East precisely because of anti-Semitic acts during football matches.” – says Assoc. Alexey Pamporov from BAS.
What else he said about the new wave of anti-Semitism sweeping Europe, listen in the audio file.
“The state must take immediate and decisive measures against anti-Semitic acts. Regardless of whether Jews will be written on someone’s shop, as happened recently; whether they will paint swastikas or a politician will indulge in hate speech. In these cases, the prosecutor’s office and the police to act immediately. It is clearly spelled out in the Penal Code what must be done.” – continues Prof. Pamporov
“Teenager arrested and investigated for assault after kicking rabbi in Paris metro““In France, 1,159 acts of anti-Semitism were registered. Their number has tripled compared to 2022.”,”Unknown persons set fire to and desecrated a Jewish cemetery in Vienna” – these are headlines from ten days ago in the European press. And they say that the EC Strategy to fight anti-Semitism, adopted two years ago by the EU, is not yet working. How the war in the Gaza Strip influenced the escalation of anti-Semitism in Europe? According to Prof. Tatiana Dronzina – “The war contributed to anti-Semitism, but it is not at its foundation, nor in its development. The rise of anti-Semitic acts is by no means a recent phenomenon. Hatred of Jews is deeply rooted in European history. The war has some meaning, but anti-Semitism is not just hatred of Israel or support for the Arab cause, it is hatred of Jews all over the world. Yes, the EU has created a strategy, several serious studies have been conducted, but in my deep conviction, until anti-Semitic myths cease to be produced in the European consciousness, we will not deal with this misanthropic ideology”. Listen to the entire conversation with Prof. Dronzina in the audio file.
“Far into the future I see man as born of Light, freed from darkness, who fetters the Soul living in light, without the chains of darkness to obscure the Light of his Soul.” These are words taken from the Emerald Tablets, dated 38,000 years ago, said to have been written by Thoth, also called Hermes Trismegistus . Looking at the last 2000 years of human history, we can hardly be filled with optimism that the time predicted by Thoth has come. Especially if we look at the last 2-3 years, marked by several large local conflicts threatening the peace of the planet. . .. Unfortunately, another one of them broke out more than a month ago – the war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, which injected new energy into the (already) escalating anti-Semitism of recent years.
Working on the publication: Rositsa Mihova
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