My dear Jewish friends and friends of Jews everywhere,
At the moment I heard the awful news of the cold blooded murders at Toulouse I was actually at the Oberoi Hotel, one of the ghastly scenes of the terrorist rampage of 2008 in Mumbai.
Remember, innocent Jews at their Chabad in Mumbai were also slaughtered that day. Even in the face of the horrific death rate of that event there were voices at that time in the media suggesting the Chabad killings were ‘random’.
I have visited that holy place. It was difficult to find, embedded down the never ending side streets of Mumbai’s twisting urban sprawl. It is not even close to the Oberoi or Taj Hotels, where so many innocents of many creeds and cultures were exterminated en masse by the cowardly but planned attacks that day.
Whatever we discover about these recent Toulouse assassinations, let nobody even hint they were not planned, or that they were random.
This was not a case of momentary road rage or the crossfire of an inter gang drug feud. That would have been heartbreaking enough.
As with almost all such attacks on Jewish people, this was planned, premeditated and methodically perpetrated.
A wonderful rabbi and beautiful children were massacred for one reason and one reason only – they were Jews.
Every one of us who is not Jewish must link arms in a virtual and virtuous circle of protection of the Jewish people around the globe, wherever they live.
Those who allow toxic anti-Semitic thoughts to brew chillingly deep within their depraved hearts and minds must know beyond all doubt that we will not allow Jews to stand, and sometimes perish, alone.
The minds of potential perpetrators, in the nascent stages of their inhuman murderous fantasies, must also be inhabited with images of untold millions of all creeds and cultures linking their arms and hearts around Jews everywhere. We must be visibly unintimidated, unexcusing, utterly unaccepting of any such perversion of thought or action.
Potential and existential murderers must hear the cry of our hearts, the non-Jews of the planet, that we will never accept their perverted machinations. An attack on a Jewish grandchild is an attack on my grandchild. The murder of a Jewish parent is the murder of my parents. When Jews are targeted for destruction, we are all targeted. Let us lift and link our arms together, in plain view, and not just to comfort and console.
As now ‘the bell tolls’ for each of us, so must the sound of our alarms for the protection of innocent Jews be heard without ceasing around the world.
Only then may ‘Never Again’ become a reality.