Against Islamophobia and white supremacy
Toronto, February 4, 2017
(video credit: Toronto Video Activist Collective)
I speak today as a survivor of Hitler’s Holocaust against the Jews. Nazism murdered most of my family and six million of my Jewish community. Like many other Holocaust survivors, I am here only because courageous people reached out to protect us.
Jews fell victim to a fanatical hatred born of white supremacy. This evil doctrine is still alive. A week ago, when the White House made its annual statement on the Holocaust, it left out mention of the crime against Jews. That is Donald Trump, tipping his hat to white supremacy.
White supremacy today targets above all people who are Black, Latino, Asian, or Islamic. Why Islam? It is a great world civilization that, before it was devastated by colonialism, created a realm of tolerance and refuge.
And yet racist hate leads white supremacists to massacre innocent worshippers in a Quebec City mosque and a South Carolina Black church.
But we do not let such crimes define us. We defend and welcome refugees, victims of war, bombardment, and racism, whether they be Syrian, Palestinian (who are particularly close to my heart), or Iraqi; Mexican, Indigenous, or Black.
We say to our own Canadian government: sweep away the laws and regulations that victimize Muslims and other refugees and migrants in this country.
We thank the Indigenous nations for welcoming us to this country and for their bold defence of their land. We all are proud of our diverse ancestry that has made this country a rainbow of nations and beliefs – Islamic, Christian, Jewish, and the many other faiths of our community.
Let us say it and mean it:
Never again a holocaust – never again for all humanity.
Suzanne Weiss gave this speech at a rally against Islamophobia and white supremacy on her own behalf. Suzanne is a member of Independent Jewish Voices Canada.