Saluting the Biden Administration decision to embrace rather than Codify the IHRA's definition of anti-Semitism as a law

Saluting the Biden Administration decision to embrace rather than Codify the IHRA's definition of anti-Semitism as a law

by Nadav Tamir

We should feel comfortable using the IHRA definition of antisemitism as a tool where appropriate, but not push for it to be codified into foreign governmental laws in a way that will harm our commitment to liberal democracy, or undermine our efforts to form strong partnerships that benefit Israel and the Jewish people.

The impact of the Trump era on political correctness, freedom of expression and everything in between

The impact of the Trump era on political correctness, freedom of expression and everything in between

by Nadav Tamir

In a democracy, freedom of expression is an essential value. Legislation limiting this freedom should be avoided as much as possible. However, demanding non-abusive discourse and self-restraint is completely justified. We must be mindful that words can be offensive and lead to discrimination, especially of minorities and vulnerable groups.

I Have No Enemies - My Final Statement

I Have No Enemies - My Final Statement

by Liu Xiaobo

I look forward to [the day] when my country is a land with freedom of expression, where the speech of every citizen will be treated equally well; where different values, ideas, beliefs, and political views … can both compete with each other and peacefully coexist; where every citizen can state political views without fear, and where no one can under any circumstances suffer political persecution for voicing divergent political views. I hope that I will be the last victim of China’s endless literary inquisitions and that from now on no one will be incriminated because of speech.

The Face of the Other

The Face of the Other

by Mordecai Paldiel

Most rescuers when asked what prompted them to respond positively to the call for help find it hard to come up with reasonable explanations. None quote statements by the world’s great philosophers, but simply state that it was the most natural thing for them to do, to help out a fleeing Jew, or the Jew’s entire family.

How Remembrance of the Shoah has changed the world

How Remembrance of the Shoah has changed the world

by Gabriele Nissim, speech at the Commission of Foreign Affairs of the Italian Chamber of Deputies

Raphael Lemkin’s Convention marked a new beginning: International Criminal Tribunals were set up to try criminals of Bosnia, Rwanda and Cambodia; the principle of humanitarian intervention (Responsibility to Protect) to come to the aid of threatened populations was affirmed; discussions started at the United Nations on an early warning system to inform the world when there are grounds for genocide. If all this is implemented, remembrance of the Shoah, a paradigmatic genocide of the 20th century, will impact on the whole world, which the Polish Jewish jurist aimed at achieving.

“It'’s always darkest just before dawn”, the cliché will come true?

“It'’s always darkest just before dawn”, the cliché will come true?

by Nadav Tamir

As a student of former president Shimon Peres, I am a hopeless optimist, so I will end with a positive scenario. Despite the horrific events on Capitol Hill, on the very same day we also witnessed some hopeful signs of an opposing trend: Republican Party leaders finally distanced themselves from Trump. In Georgia, a Black senator and a Jewish senator were elected for the first time in history and the exciting alliance between them reminded us of the friendship between Rev. Martin Luther King and Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heschel.

Mortal and Monster: Remembering the Social Roots of Hitler’s Evil

Mortal and Monster: Remembering the Social Roots of Hitler’s Evil

by Nathan Stoltzfus

Hitler chose not to take power through an armed coup and others in this century around the globe have followed his method of taking power through the people’s institutions that they subsequently destroy. Tyranny arrives step by step, often with a smile and in the guise of trusted institutions. History rhythms, or repeats itself without us recognizing the repetition, if we are not paying attention and if we are not ready to see the worst of history as a challenge to ourselves.

Appointment of Efi Eitam as chairman of Yad Vashem is symbolic of Israel’s erroneous attitude toward holocaust remembrance

Appointment of Efi Eitam as chairman of Yad Vashem is symbolic of Israel’s erroneous attitude toward holocaust remembrance

by Nadav Tamir

Remembering the Holocaust and its legacy is crucial for Israel and the world. Fittingly, Israel gives the education about the Holocaust high priority. However, often the way we treat the Holocaust is detrimental to this precious memory, to preventing anti-Semitism and xenophobia. This attitude fixates us in a state of trauma, rather than opening us up to learning which may help prevent repetition of history...

The Memory of Good and the Future of the United States

The Memory of Good and the Future of the United States

by Craig Palmer

Regardless of what form the future takes, it may be too much to hope that future individuals will be judged by their behaviour instead of their social category. However, I hope the future includes a “memory of good” in the sense of individuals making selfless acts of kindness toward other individuals.

A new genocide is being set in Karabakh

A new genocide is being set in Karabakh

by Simone Zoppellaro

When, in the very first days of war, the Armenian government started to describe the Turkish-Azerbaijani attack on Karabakh that began on 27th September as an attempt of genocide, I make no secret that I felt a hint of irritation. Since I have dealt for years, as a journalist, with some of the historical applications of the intuition of Polish Jewish jurist Raphael Lemkin, I do not like it when this term is misused. I admit I was wrong.

A young and rebellious 90-year-old girl

A young and rebellious 90-year-old girl

by Gabriele Nissim

Dear Liliana, the first thing I would like to tell you on your 90th birthday is thank you. Thank you so much. You are a great teacher of remembrance. Remembrance is an art because we not only need to remember, but also to convey a clear and accurate idea that can suggest new behaviours. When you visit schools and let your words be heard, you always send a very clear message.

Memory is not a self-defining safe

Memory is not a self-defining safe

by Gabriele Nissim

The memory of Shoah, when it was born, had a specific and universal character. The theme of never again seemed to be the great issue on which everyone was called to reflect. Remembering Holocaust meant stating vehemently that what had occurred to Jews should not be repeated for any human being. Today, however, we see how that ideal charge seems to fade away...

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