“What distinguishes genocide from murder, and even from acts of political murder that claim as many victims, is the intent. The crime is wanting to make a people extinct. The idea is the crime.” - Philip Gourevitch
Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations in Israel.
As you may have heard, Sydney Uni SRC has adopted a motion to support the boycott of the Technion, as part of the BDS campaign against Israel.
Please take 15 seconds out of your day to sign the petition on the link below, to let the SRC know that we are more than upset with their decision, and that nothing short of a full revocation of the motion will suffice!
I urge all my followers to please reblog this and sign it!
Yom Hazikaron - Day of Remembrance for Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism.
יום הזכרון לחללי מערכות ישראל ונפגעי פעולות האיבה
Operating in Western Belorussia (Belarus) between 1942 and 1944, the Bielski partisan group was one of the most significant Jewish resistance efforts against Nazi Germany during World War II.
After the Germans killed their parents and two brothers in the Nowogrodek ghetto in December 1941, three surviving brothers of the Bielski family—Tuvia (1906–1987), Asael (1908–1945), and Zus (1910–1995)—established a partisan group. Initially, the Bielski brothers attempted only to save their own lives and those of their family members. They fled to the nearby Zabielovo and Perelaz forests, where they formed the nucleus of a partisan detachment consisting at first of about 30 family members and friends.
While its members did fight against the Germans and their collaborators, the Bielski group leaders emphasized providing a safe haven for Jews, particularly women, children, and elderly persons who managed to flee into the forests. Tuvia Bielski saw his principal mission as saving the lives of his fellow Jews. The Bielskis encouraged Jews in nearby Lida, Nowogrodek, Minsk, Iwie, Mir, Baranowicze, and other ghettos to escape and join them in the forest. Under the protection of the Bielski group, more than 1,200 Jews survived the war, one of the most successful rescue efforts during the Holocaust.
Remember those lost not as just names and numbers, but as people, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, uncles, aunties and friends. Remember that they once walked this earth as we do now.
We shall never forget.