I will also speak tonight about the commemoration of the tragic holocaust in which six million Jews were murdered by the evil regime led by Adolf Hitler. This tragic event was commemorated this night at St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral.
The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, made a speech entitled “The State of Israel is a Global Wonder” on 28 April 2014 at this year’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in Israel in which he stated:
“… The people of Israel are strong. When faced with an existential threat, the situation of our people today is entirely different than it was during the Holocaust…”
“On this day, on behalf of the Jewish people, I say to all those who sought to destroy us, to all those who still seek to destroy us: you have failed and you will fail.”
I am reminded that a similar crisis is developing tonight in the Ukraine. Anti-Semitic, hate-filled threats are being hurled at Ukrainian Jewry in almost a repeat of what happened in 1930s Europe. The Holocaust may have ended in 1945, but the spirit that inspired it lives on.
Today, tragically, here in Australia we see the spectre of anti-Semitism resurfacing in the guise of boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel. Those of us who perceive the spiritual aspect of the battle take heart in the truths contained in scripture in John 4:22, where Jesus Christ said, and Apostle Paul affirms, that everything we hold dear as Christians has come from the Jewish people. We are indeed their debtors, and now more than ever Israel needs our support, prayers and ministry of comfort.