Since the beginning of our species, humanity has evolved in ways that our ancestors could have never dreamed of. But there is one aspect that is unchanged: hate.
In Myanmar, the official policy against the Rohingya people, a Muslim minority has been discrimination and violence. On a recent episode of the WNYC show, The Takeaway, the subject was the brutal treatment of this specific group, which has escalated in the last five years.
The similarities to the Holocaust are too scary to not ignore.
- Spreading lies and slowly dehumanizing a specific minority.
- Enacting laws that strip them of their rights as citizens and human beings.
- Removing access to educational and professional opportunities for both children and adults.
- While the world looks away, those in power continue on their path, knowing that nothing and no one is standing in their way.
- Destroying homes and taking material possessions at will.
- Forcing many to become refugees and ramping up the persecution of those who stay.
- Outright murder.
While I was listening to this story, I could feel and hear the cries of the six million murdered. Their souls reach through time and space, asking why it is happening again. I wish I could answer them. But I cannot.
Maybe this time, the rest of the world will pick their head out of their asses and stop this madness. But knowing what has happened in the not too distant past, I highly doubt it will happen.
May the memories of everyone who has been killed by hate be a blessing. Z”L.
P.S. In the English city of Norwich, human remains were recently found in a well. Tests revealed that the victims (three of whom were young girls) were all murdered in a medieval pogrom simply because they were Jews.