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Rabbi Cooper: Holocaust a Reminder to Learn From Past

By    |   Wednesday, 15 April 2015 03:33 PM

With Holocaust Memorial Day approaching Thursday, Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center says another Holocaust could happen if we don't learn from the past.

"We're named in memory of Simon Wiesenthal, who's the great Nazi hunter. He himself lost 89 members of his family, and he helped bring 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice," Cooper, who serves as the associate dean of the organization, told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

"He was asked this question all the time almost a generation ago, and he said, 'If you have hate, plus technology and a crisis, anything is possible,'" he said of whether another Holocaust was possible.

"He said those words before we had something like the Internet and social networking," Cooper added.

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The rabbi contends that since we are all made by God with "freedom of choice and accountability for our own actions," it's possible for someone to become "the next Martin Luther King Jr. or, God forbid, the next Adolf Hitler."

"From the point of view of the human condition, the Holocaust warns us that there is no red line unless society continues to learn from the past," he said.

According to Cooper, elements that may contribute to Holocaust forgetfulness include "willful denial," a lack of "direct connections" that younger people have with Holocaust survivors and the "eyewitnesses," and lastly, the nature of the modern Muslim world, whose people "don't want to be told the truth and they don't want to hear it," because "part of their collective consciousness is hatred towards Jews and denial of history."

By contrast, "what motivates the Jewish world, obviously starting with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, is the memory of the Holocaust," he said.

"When you have the ayatollah [of Iran] talking about annihilation of the Jewish state, nonnegotiable eradication of Israel, we take such rants very, very seriously," he said.

"At the core, the main problem about remembering the Holocaust is that the lessons are very tough to absorb and to apply."

This is why the genocidal threats from Iran are such a concern for the Israelis and the Jewish community, Cooper said.

He described a meeting that took place at the White House on Tuesday between President Barack Obama and Jewish leaders, including Rabbi Marvin Hier, who is founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Cooper says Hier "raised these issues" in light of the current nuclear arms deal being negotiated with Iran, which the president is convinced will make the "region and the world" safer.

"I do not believe that's the case," Cooper said.

"I believe that not just the United States, but the P5+1, should've been signaling the Iranian regime that there's going to be a basic fundamental cost involved that has not only to do with inspectors, but with behavior," he said.

"Next month, the president and all the European leaders will gather in Germany to mark the 70th anniversary of WWII, but as Rabbi Hier said yesterday in the White House meeting, not one leader, not one country from the P5+1, including the United States, ever spoke publicly, spoke out against these continued genocidal threats against Israel," he added.

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