Intermarriage a second Holocaust: The WJC responds

July 11, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has responded to remarks by Israel’s Education Minister Rafi Peretz likening intermarriage to a ‘second Holocaust’.

Ronald S. Lauder

“It’s painful to hear a Jew insult a fellow Jew, by trivializing the Holocaust and equating it with intermarriage, at a time when unity in the face of a common adversity, antisemitism, is key to the continuity and survival of the Jewish people. Jews in Israel and the Diaspora of all levels of faith and religious observance must focus on dialogue and on strengthening the ties that bind us, not on engaging in counterproductive flame-throwing that drives us apart,” Lauder said.

“Representatives of the Israeli government would do well to consider the positive role they can play in fostering a deeper connection with Israel among non-Orthodox Jews across the globe, rather than aggravating the already frayed relationship,” Lauder added, noting with encouragement that Peretz’s remarks have already garnered significant criticism, including among his fellow ministers during the discussion in which they were made.


2 Responses to “Intermarriage a second Holocaust: The WJC responds”
  1. Liat Kirby says:

    Couldn’t agree more, Ronald Lauder. Rafi Peretz hasn’t got a clue and is completely lacking in both a sense of humanity and respect for the individual who is a Jew and fully capable of maintaining his or her sense of identity no matter the circumstance.

  2. Mr. Halas Peter says:

    spot on Mr.Lauder

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