Last weekend in Helsinki the first official March of Life meeting with the Board and members of the newly founded association in Finland took place. Topic of the event was the fight against antisemitism especially in the times of Corona.
Together with the newly appointed Board of Directors of the March of Life Finland, March of Life founder Jobst Bittner, representatives of Jewish life in Finland and other participants, a multiplier meeting of a special kind took place in Helsinki on Saturday, August 29. For the first time after the foundation of the association, the people responsible for the March of Life in Finland met to lay the tracks for the coming time. Special attention was paid to antisemitism, which was given new breeding ground by conspiracy theories during this period.
Jobst Bittner emphasized “Antisemitism cannot be stopped by the pandemic. That is why it is all the more important to take to the streets at times like these, according to the Corona guidelines. We must not leave the streets to antisemitic forces”.
Kari Teittinen, Chairman of March of Life Finland, said: “Antisemitism and Israel hatred is on the rise and is being reinforced by conspiracy theories. We, as the March of Life Finland, raise our voice publicly against these lies and stand up for Israel.”.
The former chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Finland, Rony Smolar, said that these antisemitic conspiracy theories are “nothing new under the sun. It is time to strike back. The March of Life plays a crucial role in this!”
On October 4, the March of Life Finland will take part in the March of Life Global Day of Action with a public campaign.
In addition, preparations for a March of Life around January 27, 2021, the international Holocaust memorial day, are already starting. Further information will follow.