Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama visited Israel at the end of October and attended an event honouring him and Albanian families who protected Jews during the Holocaust.
Combating antisemitism is not just about protecting Jews and Israel, but about preserving universal values, said Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama during his visit to Israel at the end of October, reports The Jerusalem Post.
„Antisemitism is a cause for everyone, not just for Israel or for Jewish people,” Rama said at an event he attended held in Jerusalem, honouring him and Albanian families who protected Jews from the Nazis during the Holocaust. He explained that Albania sheltered Jews, swelling the small community’s numbers to 3,750. Albania refused to give the list of those names to the Nazis.
Rama said that standing up for Jews for so long was Albania’s inspiration to help Afghans fleeing the Taliban in 2021. Albania has a majority Muslim population, a strong Christian minority and a very small Jewish community.
„It is important never to forget that Jews in Albania were saved by Muslims and Christians, by Albanian families that have put before their now religious identity, their human identity.”
„So far, there are 73 Albanians, Muslims and Christians who have been recognised as righteous among the nations,” Rama said.