Yuri Guy Ron – Inaugurates Lawyers Without Rights Rome – 17.7.2010

Dear friends and respected colleagues
Standing here today, watching this difficult presentation of the well known horrifying fate of Jewish advocates in the Second World War, I am overwhelmed with emotions

This exhibition, initiated by the German Federal Bar Association, along with advocate Yoel Levi, is dedicated to the memory of Jewish lawyers and jurists from the time of Nazi Germany, to help and keep forever in our minds, the fate of those who have been, for no fault of their own, unrightfully humiliated, disbarred from practicing law and whose lives were later taken away in vein

This exhibition was also presented in Israel in year 2003, at the home of the Israel Bar Association in Jerusalem
I see an enormous importance in the existence of such exhibition traveling in all parts of the world – many cities in Germany, Israel, America, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Belgium – particularly in light of the unusual incidents of Neo-Nazism and Holocaust denial, which increasingly occurred in the recent time throughout the worldThis exhibition is scheduled to travel to San Francisco this summer to be presented during the ABA annual meeting and at the end of year 2011 to Canada. I also hope that it will also travel to Ireland and Denmark, as it has been agreed in the past with the presidents of these bar associations

I believe that the international advocates' community has a major impact with respect to the regulation of the interpersonal interaction between the individual and the government, and I see the legal profession as one which imposes an inherent personal duty on each one of us. One should always remember that society was founded in order to serve its individuals and not the other way around. Human rights and the rule of law, law that protects human rights and does not infringe them in the name of the administration, is the core of every modern, democratic society
I believe that every Bar around the world has an important public role and it should not only function as a professional guild. Law is above all a social mission
There is a famous Jewish saying that: "fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children's teeth are set on edge", the Jewish and universal meaning is not to put the blame for sins of previous generation on their descendents. All the same time, I believe that remembrance initiatives are essential in order for the human society to make sure that history does not repeat itself again

It is further crucial; to oppress every Neo-Nazi or anti-Semite expression arises. There is no justification to racism of any sort, not even in the name of a high value such as the freedom of expression. This, in my opinion, is one of the only exceptions allowing another value to prevail over the highly esteemed value of freedom of expression

I see initiatives such as this exhibition, as created for the sake of investigating into the role and position of the legal profession around the world during the Second World War, to have a substantial significance symbolizing the attribute of the lesson from the past and the creation of a better future for human kind
In my eyes, the being of this exhibition in Rome, out of all places and at the current timing of celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has significant meaning. I agree that the concern for human rights throughout the world is not a relative concern but an absolute one. I agree that when human rights are being violated then all nations should unite and stand by their existence, all the more so by people who deal with law and justice

However, the great injustice that was caused to the Jewish people for many generations, and which has peaked during the Second World War, has also produced legal justice to its independent and safe existence of the state of Israel. The pursuit of Zionism is also the pursuit of Jews because Zionism is the answer to the pursuit of Jews. The safest way to avoid an additional future Holocaust against Jews is the existence of the state of Israel

I would like to thank the president of the CNF, Mr. Guido Alpa, and Adv. Aldo Bulgarelli for taking an active role in this exhibition, to the president of the German Federal Bar, Mr. Axel Filges, to our own Yoel Levi, and to all of my friends in the German Federal Bar, on behalf of the Israel Bar Association and all advocates in Israel, please accept our deepest appreciation for keeping this initiative alive and running

Greetings and "Shaloms" from Israel and especially from the Israeli lawyers, and that means a lot, since we have not less than about 46,000 lawyers in the holly land, first place in the world relatively to the size, the quantity of the population (just 7.5 million)
No douht, Israel is a great power of lawyers, and we are trying to gain the most of it

Thank you all, and thank you again for having such an important exbition, especially in Rome