In comments made to veteran Portuguese-Israeli journalist Henrique Cymerman Thursday, Francis was quoted as saying that “anyone who does not recognize the Jewish people and the State of Israel — and their right to exist — is guilty of anti-Semitism.”
Source: ‘Not recognizing Israel as Jewish is anti-Semitic, Pope says’ | The Times of Israel | 28 May 2015
Below, the Tweet from international journalist Henrique Cymerman:
In an email we got from Pope Francis:"Whoever does not recognize the Jewish People and the State of Israel falls in antisemitism"— Henrique Cymerman (@Henrique_B_C) May 28, 2015
Seventy years after the end of the Holocaust, as the internet connects and unites the world and people are able to make up their own minds based on the information freely available to them online, isn't it about time that we all kick anti-Semitism to the curb? The Nazis and those who helped them and supported them, killed more than six million Jewish innocent men, women and children. The second World War itself cost many more people their lives. And yet there are those today who claim that the Nazis were right and that they want to follow in the footsteps of Hitler and the Nazis. That somehow it is right or just to kill innocent people who are simply defending themselves from terrorism and repeated attempts to annihilate them.
Will humanity ever realise that killing and hurting people because of who they are and what they believe is wrong? Will we ever learn to let those who harm none live in peace? Will we ever learn to treat others with respect, justice and dignity? The world has changed a great deal in the years since the second World War, yet it seems that even though millions died, we have not learned from history. Perhaps we never will?
As we go through World War Three and are confronted daily with the vile and evil deeds of groups such as ISIS, al Qaeda, the Nusra Front, Boko Haram and those who think and believe as they do, who kill people simply for being who they are, who rape and enslave innocent girls and women, who throw people off buildings, who burn them alive, isn't it time that we - the people of the world - see the difference between those who are truly evil and those who are simply defending themselves from being annihilated by fanatics and terrorists wanting to kill, hurt, silence and annihilate those who do not think and believe as they do?