Leaders of the world, UNITE!
Merkel Speaks in Berlin Against Antisemitism
“Germany will do all it can to fight Antisemitism”, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech not too long ago, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict this past summer.
Merkel made her pledge to thousands at a landmark rally protesting a rise in Antisemitism that authorities and Jewish leaders blame mainly on Muslim extremists and young immigrants, saying anyone who attacks Jews is attacking all of Germany.
Obama: Unite Against Antisemitism, Hatred & Violence
President Barack Obama made a comment on the apparent hate-crime shootings of Jews in Overland Park, Kansas, in April 2014.
“That this occurred now — as Jews were preparing to celebrate Passover, as Christians were observing Palm Sunday –makes this tragedy all the more painful. And today, as Passover begins, we’re seeing a number of synagogues and Jewish community centers take added security precautions. Nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers. No one should ever have to fear for their safety when they go to pray.”
Ban Ki-moon at the General Assembly Meeting on the Rise of Antisemitism
Secretary-General’s video message for the Informal Meeting of the General Assembly to address concerns of a rise in Antisemitism worldwide
“The fight against anti-Semitism is inseparable from our wider quest for peaceful coexistence and human rights for all. Where anti-Semitism flourishes, other forms of discrimination are sure to be there, too. But when we counter anti-Semitism, we uphold our common humanity. The fight against anti-Semitism is a fight for all of us.”
Pope Francis: No to Every Form of Antisemitism
“Humanity needs our joint witness in favour of respect for the dignity of man and woman created in the image and likeness of God, and in favour of peace which is above all God’s gift.” That was the reflection offered by Pope Francis to the delegation of leaders of the “International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations,” whom he received today in the Vatican. In the course of the encounter, the Pope recalled the conciliar document Nostra Aetate, “a key point of reference for relations with the Jewish people,” which, among other things, “also firmly condemned hatred, persecution and all forms of anti-Semitism.” “Due to our common roots,” the Holy Father said, “a Christian cannot be anti-Semtic”.
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