CJC should examine its own conscience

April 6, 2001
Toronto Sun
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The Editor:

Re: "Ukrainian guard wasn't a Nazi," Peter Worthington, Toronto Sun, April 5, 2001.

Peter Worthington decries "the Canadian Jewish Congress' apparent relish" at 77-year-old Wasyl Odynsky's deportation as "unbecoming," even as he shows a degree of sympathy for the "vendetta" Holocaust survivors and their kin are seeking against alleged "Nazis."

Jews are not and never have been in danger of imprisonment in concentration camps in North America. The only possible danger they face is the one they themselves may well create: The anti-Semitism that could well up from their unrelenting demands that sixty years or forever after the Second World War (unlike the relatives of the many millions of other victims) that anyone who allegedly harmed one of theirs, however remotely, even if only symbolically, must be brought to justice; no matter if it means catching him in the web of an obscure and ultimately unjust legal technicality.

When gloating by the CJC and the revenge sought by Holocaust survivors and their kin that Worthington decries are paired up with uncritical support for a genuine war criminal like Ariel Sharon, the prime minister of Israel, we see a community that needs to examine its own conscience.

Sincerely yours,

Orest Slepokura
Strathmore AB

The Prime Minister of Canada
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