"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." Edmund Burke.
"...Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me." Pastor Martin Niemoller.
In his book "My Life", Adolf Hitler clearly described his vision of the future of the Jews in Europe. By 1939 his anti-Semitic and xenophobic vision became reality. Concentration camps were built to detain Communists, Socialists, Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals and others. Disabled children and adults were 'relieved' of their lives as a part of the systematic campaign of German national purification. (Please visit and view The Chronology of the Holocaust.)
In 1939, when Europe's Jews most desperately needed a safe haven, Britain issued the second White Paper further limiting Jewish immigration to Palestine and imposed a limit of 75,000 Jewish immigrants for the five-year period 1940-1944. In the summer of 1939, as immigration opportunities everywhere were being denied to the desperate Jews of Europe, the S.S. St Louis, full of Jewish passengers who had, with great difficulty legally obtained visas for the United States, was turned away by the US authorities. The St. Louis was a test case set by the Nazis in order to confirm that the democracies were unconcerned about the fate of the Jews, just as they had not cared about the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians committed by Ottoman Turkey in 1915. Most Jews, passengers on the St. Louis, perished in death camps.
The intention of Nazi Germany toward Jews was a well-known 'secret' even before WW2 began, as many Jews escaped from Germany and brought first hand accounts of the Fascists' persecution and it was confirmed by press and diplomats. During the war, the allied commands of the USA, UK and USSR were well informed about atrocities perpetrated by the Fascist regime and local Nazi collaborators against Jews. In spite of that, out of thousands of air raids made by the US and British bombers, none of them was carried out to deliberately disrupt the Nazi genocide machine. No gas chamber, no concentration camp, no bridge or railway line of the Holocaust machinery was destroyed or even targeted!
After the war, the same world powers made every conceivable effort to ensure that new Jewish state would not survive. It included: preventing Jews from reaching Palestine, the land which was designated by the League of Nations in 1922 as Eretz-Israel; disallowing Jews to arm themselves, while recently created Arab countries already had established their own armed forces with the clear intention of preventing the creation of the Jewish state; imposing a trade blockade so that the newly created Jewish state, which was being attacked by seven Muslim countries, was not able to arm herself.
Even now, the international community is actively preventing Israel from effective retaliation against Arab terrorism and reunifying all Jewish land, Eretz-Israel. They even created international laws, such as the Fourth Geneva convention which was adopted immediately after Israel won the war of Independence, specifically to deter Israel from removing Arabs from Jewish land! For the last 60 years, over 50% of all resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council and General Assembly have been critical of Israel. At the same time, the current enemies of Israel, including the Palestinian Authority, in spite of their acts of aggression and terrorism, have the full support of the UN! It is almost tragi-comical to see that the worst violators of Human rights - Iran, Iraq, Indonesia, Sudan, Syria, Saudi Arabia etc - enjoy lenience from the UN Human Rights commission. Israel is the only country which is singled out as the special project!
At the moment, our traditional and historical enemies are not involved in the physical killing of Jews as they were in the past, but they are doing their best to facilitate the destruction of the State of Israel by proxy!
It is time for every Jew and every decent person to realise that Israel must do what is right for the future of Jewish people and pay no attention to the fraudulent ideas of our enemies or the patronisingly deceitful attitudes of our so-called friends. We have our own destiny, which is fully supported by our religious, moral, historical and legal rights!
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Steven Shamrak, born in the Soviet Union, lives in Melbourne Australia. He is a qualified civil engineer and software specialist, and was an active participant in the nascent Moscow Zionist movement before he arrived in Australia 25 years ago. Believing that "a sense of pride, nationhood and connection to all Jewish land" is missing from Jewish hearts, he spends his spare time Educating Jews and non-Jews about Jewish history in the Middle East.