10. Dezember – Tag der Menschenrechte

Gedenktag zur Allgemeinen Erklärung der Menschenrechte aus dem Jahr 1948

Hier ein Auschnitt aus der Reflektion von Rabbiner Arik Ascherman zum heutigen Tag:

„Israel that has always been plagued by human rights violations, but we can only be embarrassed and horrified that we have now openly and knowingly voted for extremist advocates of massive human rights violations towards non-Jews, the LGBTQ community, non-Orthodox religious Jews and women, and whose first Finance Minister will be an open advocate of neo-liberal policies violating the human rights of Israeli Jews living in poverty. Israel is drifting farther and farther from the principles of international law we celebrate on December 10th. We are slapping in the face the many Jews whose Jewish values and consciousness of Jewish history drove them to be primary authors of these principles representing the highest aspirations of humanity.

Now the question is will be prove ourselves to be worthy descendants of Jacob? Will we succeed in wrestling with our demons and prevail? This is our moment of truth. We are being tested. We are at a moment when each of us is called to say “Hineni – I am here. Count me in to be a part of the struggle for our Jewish values, human rights and decency. Our side is being dragged across the line in a very serious game of tug of war. Will we collapse, or find the inner resources to dig in and pull back?“

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