Elie Wiesel speaks at a World War II tribute.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The late Elie Wiesel once said: “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”
The passing this summer of this ray of light in a field of darkness is not just a loss for humanity.
It also serves as a stark reminder of the power of one voice – and of the silence of so many others.
This week we paused in memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, and also to remember the heroism in those days of complete and utter darkness.
Memory compels us to remember the voices, the faces and the names.
The survivors, who maintained their humanity through the depths of hell, are the symbol of our rebirth. Our answer to those who want to destroy us – then as now: We will prevail! In a sea of turbulence, we have created a thriving democracy, a technological and medically advanced Start-up Nation which shares its know-how with the world.
This is our victory.
This is our pride.
This is our solace.
Seven decades ago we promised “Never Again.” We are still facing the hate of Holocaust deniers and their supporters, the continuation of antisemitism, and the no less pernicious dangers posed by the ignorance of so many.
The difference between today and some 75 years ago is that today is today we have a strong State of Israel.
This is our pledge.
This is our bond.
This is our unbreakable link.
This is our Never Again.
The writer is minister for social equality.