It is cheering that more than 200 people gathered outside the Sgoolai Israel Synagogue in Fredericton a few days ago to show their solidarity with the Jewish community after a terrible act of vandalism was perpetrated at the Synagogue.
The attack can only be viewed as an act of hate, particularly as it coincided with last Saturday’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Between last Friday night and Saturday morning, the front windows of the building were smashed, and glass was scattered inside and in front of the Synagogue. Ayten Kranat, the vice-president of the Synagogue told various news outlets that the attack was “planned” to coincide with the holocaust Remembrance Day observances.
For many Jews the act is shockingly reminiscent of the Kristallnacht (Night of the Broken Glass) in 1938 when Adolf Hitler and German Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels unleashed Nazi storm troupers to smash Jewish-owned businesses, synagogues, and homes, leaving the streets littered with glass and Jews terrified about what would happen next.
What happened next was terrible.
This writer wrote previously in the Blog, Against the Flow, on October 29,1923) as follows:
“With the Holocaust, 6-million Jews were victims of the most horrendous and calculated crime against humanity in the history of the world. Jews and non-Jews alike who visit Nazi extermination camps come away shaken and outraged…As a result of the Holocaust, the Jewish people have the absolute moral and political right to safety and security within Israel and around the world, and they have the right to defend themselves…with the (October 7) horrific slaughter by Hamas fighters of Israelis within the boundaries of Israel, memories of the Holocaust are rekindled for Jews all over the world.
However, that Blog post went on to strongly criticize the Netanyahu government of Israel for its response to the Oct. 7 attack. This has included the relentless killing of many thousands of innocent Palestinians in the Gaza strip with the stated aim of destroying Hamas as an enemy of Israel.
Palestinians and their supporters in Canada decry the killing of thousands of civilians.
But whoever the persons are who perpetrated the hate crime in Fredericton last week, they did a great disservice to their cause. The Holocaust was a horrendous crime against humanity which will not be blotted out by the modern-day Kristallnacht of last week.
The perpetrators must be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
“NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS”
Kristallnacht, also called Night of Broken Glass or November Pogroms, on the night of November 9–10, 1938, Nazis attacked Jewish persons and property throughout Austria and Germany. The name Kristallnacht refers ironically to the litter of broken glass left in the streets after these pogroms. The violence continued during the day of November 10,
and in some places acts of violence continued for several more days.