Obama warns of growing anti-Semitism

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U.S. President Barack Obama, seated beside Steven Spielberg  and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer listen to remarks at the Righteous Among the Nations Award Ceremony, organized for the first time in the U.S. by Yad Vashem, at the Embassy of Israel in Washington January 27, 2016. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama, seated beside Steven Spielberg and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer listen to remarks at the Righteous Among the Nations Award Ceremony, organized for the first time in the U.S. by Yad Vashem, at the Embassy of Israel in Washington January 27, 2016. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON — President Obama warned of growing anti-Semitism in the United States and the world as he honored two Americans and two Poles who helped save Jewish lives duringWorld War II.

“Here, tonight, we must confront the reality that around the world, anti-Semitism is on the rise. We cannot deny it,” Obama said at a Holocaust remembrance ceremony at the Israeli embassy Wednesday (Jan. 27). He cited Jews fleeing European cities, attacks on Jewish centers in Mumbai, India and Overland Park, Kan. and swastikas on college campuses.

“When we see all that and more, we must not be silent,” Obama said.

Obama spoke at a “Righteous Among the Nations” awards ceremony on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 71st anniversary of the liberation of theAuschwitz concentration camp, which honors those who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.

 “This president has a Jewish soul,” Spielberg said.

Obama honored four people who helped save Jewish lives during World War II, including Army Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, who was detained at a German prison camp with 1,000 other American soldiers. When a Nazi commander asked the Jewish soldiers to identify themselves, Edmonds ordered all his men to step forward.

“We are all Jews here,” Edmonds said.

“I cannot imagine a greater expression of Christianity than to say, ‘I, too, am a Jew,'” Obama said. “An attack on any faith is an attack on all of our faiths. It is an attack on that golden rule at the heart of so many faiths — that we ought to do unto others as we would have done to us.”

Also honored Wednesday: Lois Gunden, a 26-year-old French language teacher from Indiana who saved Jewish children while working at a Mennonite school in southern France during the war, and Polish citizens Walery and Maryla Zbijewski, who housed a girl from the Warsaw ghetto.

(Gregory Korte writes for USA Today)

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  • Merry Spangler

    “An attack on any faith is an attack on all faiths. It is an attack on the golden rule…” What was done to the Jewish people by Hitler was horrible and never should have happened. But today, what is being done to the Palestinians by Israel is yet another holocaust. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I have not heard President Obama speak to that issue and our current presidential race frightens me when it comes to the close friendship our leaders have with Israel. “Do unto others…”

  • jsrich

    Obama the Hypocrite. He is the number one anti-=semite and he is just pretending.

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  • G Key

    Dontcha just hate it when people make up stories about strangers?
    They always attack the morality of the people they don’t even know.
    They never see the immorality about making up lies about strangers.
    Dontcha just hate that, jsrich?

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  • Richard Rush

    Merry,

    “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” . . . The Palestinians should have thought about that decades ago.

    The so-called suffering experienced by the Palestinians has been brought on by many decades of their own atrocities against the Jewish people. A prevailing attitude seems to be that self-defense is legitimate unless it is Israel defending itself against the Palestinians and other Muslims.

    I’ve been aware of the never-ending atrocities against Israel since I was a child, and that goes back to the late 1940s. And I notice now, in an increasing effort to preserve and protect the sanctity of anti-Semitic propaganda, many people are portraying Israel as the evil purveyor of atrocities against the Palestinians.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    While some “Antisemitism” – an inaccurate term, since Arabs are Semites, but meaning anti-Judaism – is manufactured by such things as “the Protocols of the elders of Zion” hoax, much is based on the Israeli apartheid Likud Government’s actions as well. And stupidity. The foiled attack on the Masonic Temple in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is certainly instructive: Theocrats on all sides hate the masons and the Jews and consider them largely to be one and the same. It really is true they hate us for “our freedom,’ or Western’ values, i.e., Liberalism.

  • Corrupt Jews like Obama are the major reason anti-Jewism and anti-Jewarchism are on the rise. Most anti-SEMITISM, on the other hand, is being perpetrated by European Jews against the true Semites. You can improve your vocabulary by visiting http://www.jewarchy.com

  • G Key

    I betcha President Obama appreciates your exemplifying his concern.
    I sure appreciate your exemplifying mine (above). Whatta whopper!

    It’s all about how we treat each other. It’s the Golden Rule, y’know.