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About Howard Linett
Howard Linett is an attorney, an independent journalist, a lecturer, sniper instructor in the Israeli Police Civil Guard and the author of "Living With Terrorism: Survival Lessons from the Streets of Jerusalem." He maintains a website here.
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Howard Linett
Nations of the World Turn a Blind Eye to the Next Holocaust
April 13, 2010

April 12th was Holocaust Rememberance Day. I know that unless you have spent several Holocaust Remembrance Days in Israel, you cannot understand the profound meaning this day expresses for Israelis.

I fear that for the overwhelming majority of American Jewry the Holocaust is today nothing more than a footnote in history. It has no personal meaning for those now two and three generations removed from the Holocaust. Their grandfathers, perhaps great grandfathers, Jewish soldiers who returned from WWII, are gone. Their living link with history forgotten.

My father returned from WWII, and together with the other local Jewish veterans of the US Military, started the Lubin, Linett, Steinman Post of the Jewish War Veterans. The Post was named for those from "the Valley” who did not return. Its purpose was to serve as a living reminder. I remember my Dad saying, "No one should ever have to ask, Where were the Jews during the war?"

The members of this JWV Post immediately began collecting firearms and ammunition which they delivered to the New Haven and New York City docks. Friendly stevedores and US Customs agents made sure the "machine parts" received from the members of "Lifeline to Palestine" ended up on freighters sailing to the new State of Israel.

Israel is populated with Holocaust survivors, their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Israel is also populated with those who lost relatives and friends in the Holocaust, for many, their entire family, entire community.

In Israel the Holocaust remains a living nightmare. The words, "Never Again," are as solemn as is, "Amen." Both are spoken with the same devotion, dedication and resolution.

The Director of the Mossad, Israel’s CIA, has on his desk the photograph of a man on his knees in front of Nazi soldiers. "That is my grandfather, before he was murdered. I see this picture every day and promise that this won’t happen again."

Israelis believe they are facing another Holocaust. Both Israeli President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu said as much last night in their Holocaust Commemoration Addresses to the Israeli people and the nations of the world. Both Israeli leaders also clearly stated that the nations of the world are doing nothing more to stop Iran’s nuclear bomb ambition, than they did to stop the Nazi’s Final Solution.

But today there is an Israel. A country with a living memory. Israel will not meekly wait for the nations of the world to do something, until Iranian atomic bombs hit Tel Aviv, Haifa and Beer Sheva. Israel will not go meekly, quietly into the night.

Never Again. Amen.

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