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Bravo, Finland

If you despair that the world has gone mad and that Israel is friendless, take a look at this report and the wonderful accompanying photos:

While Israeli flags are being burned in many European capitals in the aftermath of the dead flotilla raid, thousands of people took part a pro-Israel rally in Helsinki on Thursday. The Finnish capital’s streets were filled with Israeli and Finnish flags as participants marched towards the port while chanting slogans in support of the IDF and waving banners protesting what they claimed was the biased media coverage of the flotilla raid. The protestors also sang “Hevenu Shalom Aleichem (We Brought Peace Upon You).”

Keep in mind that there are only about 1,500 Jews in Finland. You may recall Finland’s conduct during World War II. Although occupied by the Nazis, Finland continued to afford full citizenship to its Jews and did not turn over any of them to the Nazis. Finland did deport eight Austrian Jews, an act for which the Finnish government formally apologized in 2000.

It’s shameful that Finland’s European neighbors evidence no such affection for Jews these days. With the example Obama is setting, that’s not likely to improve anytime soon.



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