Vice ambassadör Asaf Segevs tal på Förintelsens minnesdag

Vice ambassadör Asaf Segev talade i lördags på Förintelsens minnesdag i Stora Synagogan i Stockholm i närvaro av drottning Silvia, premiärminister Löfven, riksdagsledamöter och överlevare.
I sitt tal betonade viceambassadören att antisemitism har förändrats under historiens gång. Idag ser vi att denna antisemitism också riktar sig mot det judiska folkets nationalstat, Israel, och ofta förtäcks som ”legitim” politisk kritik.
Läs talet i sin helhet:
Your Majesty, Prime Minister, Excellencies, Heads of the Jewish Community – dear Survivors,

Today, across the globe, we commemorate the liberation of Auschwitz which revealed to the world the full extent of the most horrific crime ever committed against humanity. The cold-blooded murder on an industrial scale of one third of the world’s Jewish population – who were killed for no other reason than being Jewish.

But anti-Semitism did not start, nor end, with the Holocaust.

It started in the ancient world, because of religious differences.

In the modern era, religiously motivated hatred has become less common while ethnic and nationalistic motivations are growing stronger.

All of this resulted in the most horrific genocide known to history – the Shoah, the Holocaust.

Since the establishment of the State of Israel 70 years ago, a new type of anti-Semitism has risen – where Israel is seen as the Jew of the world.

As traditional anti-Semitism is no longer politically or socially acceptable in the West – Israel is easy to use as a “so called” legitimate target.

This does not mean, of course, that all criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic.

However, when the Jewish state of Israel is criticized in international organizations more than all other nations of the entire world combined, this is an obvious discrimination against the Jewish state of Israel, disguised as a political argument.

The same goes for the discriminatory and clearly anti-Semitic BDS movement, which only singles out the Jewish state of Israel for boycott, out of all nations in the world.

Indeed, according to the working definition of anti-Semitism developed by the Swedish-initiated International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, (the IHRA), anti-Semitism clearly includes, among other things, and I quote:

“Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endavour”, ‘applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation”. These are merely some examples.

We hope that the Swedish government, which has taken a strong and decisive stand against anti-Semitism, which is highly appreciated, will also adopt the full text of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism– in its entirety, just like Britain, Austria, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia and Israel has done.

We owe it to the millions of victims of the Holocaust to fight anti-Semitism in ALL of its forms.

Thank you and shalom from Israel!

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