CANADA - Trudeau Apologizes for Not Accepting Jewish Refugees

Arno Froese

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has formally apologized for Canada’s refusal to accept hundreds of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany shortly before the outbreak of World War II.

“There is little doubt that our silence permitted the Nazis to come up with their own, ‘final solution’ to the so-called Jewish problem,” he said in the House of Commons in Ottawa.

Cuba and the United States had rejected the 907 German Jews aboard the MS St. Louis, a German ship, before they attempted to land in Canada in 1939.

More than 250 passengers were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust after the ship was forced to return to Europe.

“We are sorry for not apologizing sooner,” Trudeau said.

Canadian politicians at the time had refused entry because they were anti-Semitic, he added. The government allowed some 5,000 Jewish refugees to enter the country from 1933 to 1945.

Trudeau met the only surviving Canadian passenger of the St. Louis shortly before making the apology.

Anti-Semitic incidents in Canada reached a record 1,752 in 2017, according to the Jewish advocacy organization B’nai B’rith., 8 November 2018

Arno's commentary

Canada is one of the few countries that openly admits the government’s tragic errors and asks for forgiveness. His statement: “Canadian politicians at that time…were anti-Semitic.” We may add: and so was the entire world.

Here is what Moses prophesied 3,500 years ago, as recorded in Deuteronomy 28:64-66: “And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone. And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the Lord shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind: And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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