World Leaders Must Recognize that Anti-Semitism Is Unique

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Fiamma Nirenstein - The upcoming leaders' conference in Jerusalem must avoid attempts to dilute anti-Semitism as just another hatred or bias. Throughout my career as a journalist and a member of the Italian parliament, I have always been a liberal proponent of many feminist, equality, and gay rights aims. But anti-Semitism has its own unique dimensions. The Jewish people have been persecuted for thousands of years, accused of everything. It is the sole people whose elimination has been scientifically planned and pursued, and that has arisen again thanks to its spiritual strength and its strong beliefs from which modern thought was born, from monotheism and including democracy. To fight anti-Semitism, one has first to understand that it is unique, as the Jewish people are. The writer, a Fellow at the Jerusalem Center, served as Vice President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, and established and chaired the Committee for the Inquiry into Anti-Semitism of the Italian Parliament.

2020-01-21 00:00:00

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