WIESENTHAL CENTER TO CATALUNYA GOVERNMENT: HOLOCAUST VICTIMS HAVE NO NEED FOR MOMENTS OF SILENCE FOR DEAD JEWS FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO RESPECT FOR LIVE JEWS

January 22, 2009

 

WIESENTHAL CENTER TO CATALUNYA GOVERNMENT: HOLOCAUST VICTIMS HAVE NO NEED FOR MOMENTS OF SILENCE FOR DEAD JEWS FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO RESPECT FOR LIVE JEWS

The Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced the government of the Spain’s Catalunya region for cancelling its public commemoration of International Holocaust Day on January 27th as a way to protest Israel’s operations in Gaza. An official from the city of Barcelona, where they memorial was to be held, was quoted as saying, “Marking the Jewish Holocaust while a Palestinian holocaust is taking place is not right.”

“The Wiesenthal Center denounces this perverted inversion of truth and memory by officials in Barcelona. Holocaust survivors have no need for moments of silence for dead Jews from people who have no respect for live Jews,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Center. “In dealing a telling blow against Hamas in Gaza, Israel ensures that the terrorist organization's open goal of making the Holy Land 'Judenrein' (free of Jews) will never happen,” he added.

“The Catalunya government would do well to learn the moral difference between a terrorist group targeting civilians who protected themselves by using their women and children as human shields and a member state of the United Nations doing what any government, including Spain would do: eliminate such a threat against her civilian population. Israel should be rightfully proud of the extraordinary steps her military took to minimize casualties among civilians, cynically put in harm’s way by Hamas,” Cooper concluded.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe.

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