Jews are being murdered today because of anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and incitement to terrorism, not because of Palestinian frustration over stalled peace talks, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked told foreign ambassadors in central Israel on Friday.
Her comments came on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marked on January 27 every year, the date of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in 1945.
Shaked, of the right-wing Jewish Home party, told attendees at a memorial service at Kibbutz Tel Yitzhak, near Netanya, that it is clear that Israel is not the problem in the troubled Middle East, but rather the solution, Israel Radio reported.
“The fact that the world closes its eyes to Iranian aid to the genocide in Syria, and chooses to repeatedly condemn the only country in the Middle East that really values human life is a sign of the world’s double standard and its unwillingness to deal with evil,” she said.
The new president of the European Parliament on Wednesday urged calm over threats of resurgent anti-Semitism on the continent, calling on local Jewish communities to remain vigilant, but not fearful.
Speaking at an International Holocaust Remembrance Day event at its Brussels headquarters, Antonio Tajani, who replaced Martin Schulz as the European Parliament president last week, said “no Jew should be forced to leave Europe.”
However, other speakers at the event countered that Jewish fears were indeed justified, with former British prime minister Tony Blair warning that “any sense of security is false.”
“It is important to remain vigilant, but not to be afraid,” he said.
Tomorrow, Friday January 27, 2017, is the Annual March for Life. The March for Life Rally will take place at noon on the grounds of the Washington Monument, near the corner of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue. Following the Rally, the March will begin on Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets at approximately 1:00 pm. The March for Life was founded in 1973, when a group of pro-life leaders gathered at Nellie Gray’s home in Washington, D.C. to express concern that the first Anniversary of Roe v. Wade would come and go with no recognition. On January 22, 1974 the first March for Life was held on the steps of the Capitol. Pro-lifers have been Marching for Life every year since.
A Counter-Protest to Oppose the March for Life has been organized by RefuseFascism, the NYC Revolution Club, Stop Patriarchy and other organizations. They announced the counter-protest and their goal to “not let this march go through DC without resistance “via social media here.
“Friday, January 27 at 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM EST – Oppose the so-called ‘March for Life’ which should be called the March for Female Enslavement & Forced Motherhood. Join with members of RefuseFascism.org, NYC Revolution Club, Stop Patriarchy… as we gather in front of the steps of the Supreme Court with banners, signs, chants…to not let this march go through DC without resistance.”
Oath Keepers suggests that March for Life participants be aware of their surroundings, especially considering the recent violent protests during the Presidential Inauguration only 6 days ago. While the riots that occurred during the Inauguration Parade were not instigated by the same groups promoting the counter-protest, the groups involved with those riots are still hostile and still present in Washington, DC. Movement in groups is highly recommended.