THE MORAL COURAGE OF STANDING WITH ISRAEL
Raoul Wallenberg has been called the greatest humanitarian of the 20th Century. During the darkest days of the Holocaust, as a Swedish diplomat in Budapest, Raoul Wallenberg was a beacon of light. Over six months in 1944, he rescued 100,000 Jews.
In the words of my teacher Professor Irwin Cotler, Raoul Wallenberg showed that “one person with the courage to care, and the commitment to act, can confront evil and transform history.”
Today, on Sweden’s national Raoul Wallenberg Day, it is an honor for me to be addressing you here, in Stockholm’s Raoul Wallenberg Square, together with representatives of the Swedish Parliament.
Today, here in Sweden and around the world, all of us should take the opportunity to reflect upon and be inspired by the heroism of this great humanitarian.
Raoul Wallenberg was a diplomat representing a neutral country in time of war. But what he did teaches us that humanity is a higher value that neutrality.
As Eli Wiesel said, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
Whenever human beings are persecuted, we must never be silent. Each one of us has a duty to intervene.
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