L’Unione Giovani Ebrei d’Italia con rammarico, sdegno, oltre che rabbia, apprende l’avvenuto svolgimento, il 24 gennaio 2018, dell’evento negazionista “Israele e lo sfruttamento dell’Olocausto”. Siamo esterrefatti sia stato consentito tale evento tra le mura dell’Università di Torino, nonostante gli appelli contrari di vari esponenti delle realtà ebraiche italiane, tra cui il nostro, nei giorni e settimane immediatamente precedenti.
La locandina che invitava a prender parte al convegno mette a confronto inequivocabilmente l’ideologia nazifascista con il sionismo, impregnandosi così, senza mezzi termini, di antisemitismo. Le accuse vergognose, mosse durante la conferenza, infangano e inventano e riscrivono la storia, condite da una patina, nemmeno poco spessa, del complotto demo-pluto-giudaico.
Il tutto, lo ricordiamo, si è svolto in un’aula universitaria. In quello che dovrebbe essere il santuario del sapere.
Il Giorno della Memoria è stato istituito per ricordare i milioni di vittime della Shoah, affinché ogni singola persona venga rispettata e onorata, e affinché non si ripeta mai una tragedia simile. È un giorno sacro, da dedicare alla commemorazione di chi ha perso la vita e alla celebrazione dei sopravvissuti, e aborriamo che venga utilizzato a fini di propaganda antiisraeliana, anzi antisemita.
Ci teniamo a ricordare che il sionismo nacque alla fine dell’800 come movimento collettivo di speranza. Ritenere che esso abbia contribuito allo sterminio degli ebrei durante la Shoah non solo è pericoloso, ma è puro revisionismo storico, è talmente assurdo ed aberrante che ci risulta anche difficile descriverlo a parole.
Ci appelliamo al Magnifico Rettore Gianmaria Ajani affinché si unisca, non solo a parole, al nostro sdegno di fronte a quanto avvenuto e affinché si assicuri che tali eventi non si svolgano più in futuro.
Ci appelliamo al Magnifico Rettore Gianmaria Ajani affinché non permetta che il negazionismo storico sia valorizzato nel suo Ateneo e che i suoi studenti apprendano una volta per tutte il valore della Memoria della Shoah.
Carlotta Micaela Jarach
Riceviamo e diffondiamo il comunicato dell’Associazione internazionale Karol Wojtyla, in merito alla manifestazione tenutasi a Milano nella quale sono stati inneggiati cori antisemiti. Anche noi, in quanto Consiglio UGEI, condanniamo con forza quanto accaduto nelle scorse settimane a Milano e crediamo che tali minacce non possano risultare impunite.
Di seguito la lettera aperta scritta dalla World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS), ombrello per le unioni giovanili ebraiche nazionali, come l’Ugei, a Igor Sadikov, autore di tweet esplicitamente antisemiti su Twitter.
Open Letter to Igor Sadikov from international Jewish student leaders
As Jewish student leaders and activists around the world, we have seen and taken note of your extremely concerning rhetoric. Your comments implying that Jews are not “a legitimate ethnic group” and your encouragement via Twitter that your followers should “punch a Zionist” are both offensive and distressing. You have ignored calls for your resignation, reaffirming you show no remorse for your comments whatsoever.
Legitimate criticism of Israel is perfectly acceptable, but your rhetoric is not. Many activists in recent years, in an effort to avoid appearing antisemitic, have taken to making a distinction between Jewish people and Israeli actions, by targeting their comments at “Zionists,” not Jews, and “Zionism,” not Judaism or Jewish culture. This is not a workable shortcut.
Tweets such as yours put you in line with antisemitic movements that use the same verbiage, but for the opposite purpose: they spread anti-Jewish oppression under a white nationalist label. In 2005, well known former-KKK leader, David Duke, co-chaired an international conference titled “Zionism as the Biggest Threat to Modern Civilization.” For most associated with these antisemitic groups, “Zionists” are the demonic Jews controlling the world, in the style of the debunked Protocols of the Elders of Zion; and “Zionism” is the ideology of evildoing by Jews. Secondly, using the term “Zionists” does not protect Jews. It just makes people who bomb Jewish institutions, synagogues and schools, etc., call the people they are killing Zionists.
Zionism is not an insult. It is not a catch phrase, a code word for racism or imperialism, or the name for unpleasant things done by Jews. It stands for a huge range of beliefs and believers. The Jewish people is a three thousand year old ethno-religious group with shared cultural, religious and ethnic memory. While Zionism and Judaism are not the same thing, for the vast majority of Jews, a connection to the land, state and/or people of Israel forms an important part of their Jewish identity. Zionism is an ideology that, at its core, simply affirms the right of the Jewish people to self-determination in our ancestral homeland. If you would not deny any other national groups right to self-determination, but you maintain your denial of Jewish people to do the same, we have no choice but to label you an antisemite.
This letter has been written by activists of the World Union of Jewish Students, an international umbrella movement supporting Jewish student associations all over the world. We believe strongly that our movement must be intersectional and join the fight against all forms of oppression as true emancipation can only come from collective struggle. Too long has antisemitism been ignored by activists such as yourself and too long has our oppression been ignored by the wider student movement. Taking care to resist antisemitism is not about walking on eggshells or acquiescing to pressure. It is about making a greater commitment to refusing to take part in all forms of oppression.
As Jewish student leaders ourselves we stand unequivocally in solidarity with the Jewish students at McGill University who have felt personally attacked by you and join the chorus of those calling for you to step down from your position.
Yosef Tarshish, Chairperson, World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS)
Samantha Miretzky, Board Chair, World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS)
Daniel Cohen, Board Treasurer, World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS)
Rachel Dingman, Board Member, World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS)
Dan Smith, Board Member, World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS)
Yoni Mann, Board Member, World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS)
Hallel Silverman, Communications Director, World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS)
Benny Fischer, President, European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) & Jewish Student Union in Germany (JSUD)
Talia Bidussa, Board Member, European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS)
Noam Yossef, Board Member, European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS)
Ofer Rosenblat, Board Member, European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS)
Mike Delberg, Board Member, Jewish Student Union in Germany (JSUD)
Lionel Reisch, Board Member, Jewish Student Union in Germany (JSUD)
Dalia Grinfeld, Board Member, Jewish Student Union in Germany (JSUD)
Arthur Bondarev, Board Member, Jewish Student Union in Germany (JSUD); Co-President, ELES Student Board
Liana Kotliar, Co-President, ELES Student Board
Josh Seitler, President, Union of Jewish Students of the UK & Ireland (UJS)
Josh Nagli, Campaigns Director, Union of Jewish Students of the UK & Ireland (UJS)
Liron Velleman, Campaigns Officer, Union of Jewish Students of the UK & Ireland (UJS)
Sacha Ghozlan, President, Union of Jewish Students of France (UEJF)
Jorge Testa, President, Federación de Estudiantes Judíos de Chile (FEJ)
Salvador Reiss, Vice-President, Federación de Estudiantes Judíos de Chile (FEJ)
Arièl Nacamulli, President, Jewish Youth Union of Italy (UGEI)
Belle Polgar, National Chair, Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS)
Ariel Zohar, National Political Affairs Director, Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS)
Benjamin Hess, Co-Chair, Austrian Union of Jewish Students (JÖH)
Benjamin Guttman, Co-Chair, Austrian Union of Jewish Students (JÖH)
Emanuel Hess, Technical Director, Austrian Union of Jewish Students (JÖH)
David Pinchasov, Treasurer, Austrian Union of Jewish Students (JÖH)
Samy Schrott, Board Member, Austrian Union of Jewish Students (JÖH)
Nadja Herscovici, Board member, Austrian Union of Jewish Students (JÖH)
Julia Kerbel, President, Dutch of Jewish Students (IJAR-NL)
Shoshanna Mogendorff, Secretary, Dutch of Jewish Students (IJAR-NL)
Sarai Mock, Treasurer, Dutch of Jewish Students (IJAR-NL)
David Csilik, President, Youth Council of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Hungary
Judit Koszegi, Vice-President, Youth Council of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Hungary
Jonas Dessauer, Chairman, Danish Jewish Youth Organization (DJUS)
Victoria Godik, Chair, Ukrainian Union of Jewish Students (UUJS)
Anna Vyshniakova, Diplomacy Committee Member, Ukrainian Union of Jewish Students (UUJS)
Eden Djanashvili, Vice-President, Union of Jewish Students of Barcelona (UEJB)
Gabriel Zollmann, National Chairperson, South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS)
Cayla Urdang, National Director, South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS)
Yair Katz, National Treasurer, South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS)
Sarit Shull, National Women’s Officer, South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS)
Dean Weil, Chairperson, SAUJS at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)
Eden Goldenberg, Chairperson, SAUJS at the University of Pretoria (South Africa)
Mayer Stein, President, NETWORK: The American Union of Jewish Students
Ezra Weinberger, Executive Vice-President, NETWORK: The American Union of Jewish Students
Ross Beroff, Director of Partnerships and Outreach, NETWORK: The American Union of Jewish Students
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