Crime in the name of religion is the greatest crime against religion
Crime committed in the name of religion is a crime against religion, today in Potocari said Arthur Schneier, the chief rabbi of a New York synagogue, in a speech at the commemoration of the 17th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica and the funeral of 520 victims of that genocide.
Schneier said that the brutality of what happened here cannot be forgotten and must not be denied.
"Testimonies of survivors are very important, they must testify about what happened," said Schneier, himself a survivor of the Holocaust in which he lost his entire family.
"But in all my pain I never turned against God and against humanity, but rather I devoted my life to building bridges between different faiths," Schneier said.
He emphasized that the crime in Srebrenica was a crime against Europe, humanity, and God.
"And here on this holy day we say, never again... and we really think so, never again," he said.
For the perpetrators of this crime, he stressed, there is no forgiveness, for they carry the mark that no man can erase, and no
matter how long it takes, they will not escape justice.
"The world has not used its power to stop crime. Silence is not the solution. It only encourages perpetrators in in the end because of it we pay a terrible price in blood. That is a lesson the world needs to learn and to stop atrocities against innocent civiliance," Schneier said, adding that the past cannot and will not paralyze us.
"Today's commemoration is because of the future, the future of our children, as well. Because of those who are not with us we must, despite the pain, make this world a better one. Let's decide to build a better world for our children so that they never have to experience the pain we feel. Let's all decide to work together on building understanding between all faiths.
"In memory of our loved ones let's decide to chase hatred from our hearts and aspire to peace and love," Schneier said.