holocausts happened in armenia, in china... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ruth Silverman
    • 09.04.10 | 20:20 (IDT)

    ... in rwanda, in congo, in iraq. The lesson of the Holocaust is to respect human rights for everyone - as simple as that. The lesson of the holocaust is not that Jews need to fight the world, because the Holocaust did not just happen to Jews. The lesson of the Holocaust is that people must protect themselves and each other by being completely intolerable to human rights abuses everywhere... EVEN IF THOSE ABUSES INVOLVE THE ENEMY, IN THIS CASE PALESTINIANS. "THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. THEN THEY CAME for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. THEN THEY CAME for the Catholics, and I didn?t speak up because I was a Protestant. THEN THEY CAME for me and by that time no one was left to speak up." Written by Martin Niemöller (a German priest who was imprisoned in Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps).

    from the article: The Holocaust isn't just about Jews
    First published 03:18 09.04.10 | Last updated 11:00 09.04.10
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