Soviet turmoil in Azerbaijan 1972 transforms into the Azeri peacefulness in Azerbaijan in 2018. Rabbi Abraham Cooper @simonwiesenthal

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Soviet turmoil in Azerbaijan 1972 transforms into the Azeri peacefulness in Azerbaijan in 2018. Rabbi Abraham Cooper @simonwiesenthal


Tuesday 4 September 2018/ Hour 1, Block C: Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and director of the Global Action Center of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; in re: Rabbi Cooper has just returned from a visit to Azerbaijan, which is a paradigm of tolerance and multi-religious freedom. Part of it is tradition: some of these trace back to the time of Solomon’s temple. However, considering how it's been maintained, this is excellent. The leaders, Pres Aliyev and others, have carefully nurtured history and tradition, with a government invested in what they call multiculturalism and we call peaceful coexistence.

Rabbi Cooper saw how Jews were treated in Baku under the USSR: an atheistic system trying to decouple religion from the society; oppression obtained then across the board. However, people were not crushed; they celebrated High Holy Days. Azeris were lucky to have this current leader. I visited in 1972; most of those whom I met were able to emigrate to Israel; the Mountain Jews, isolated for thousands of years, stayed. I also visited Sunni and Shi’a Muslims this time; whatever they’re drinking – it works.

There are places in Europe, in Sweden and Berlin, where it’s a good idea for me to take off my kipa; in Azerbaijan, not at all. There’s [anti-Jewish] pressure from Iran, and some from Turkey; nonetheless. the leadership stays strong and the press constantly emphasizes what a peaceful and religiously tolerant country Azerbaijan is.