There is hope yet for humans. But, of course, this wonderful kid is already getting his share of grief from the predictable corners.
On Nov. 8, the Swedish Committee Against Antisemitism gave out itsfirst Elsa Award to a somewhat unlikely recipient: a young Muslim Swede named Siavosh Derakhti.
Derakhti, who has worked tirelessly to teach students about anti-Semitism in his hometown of Malmo, is the founder of his own organization, Young Muslims Against Antisemitism. His work frequently takes him across the country to educate students about anti-Jewish bigotry and the Holocaust.
The Elsa Award was created to encourage young people to incorporate social media into the battle against Swedish anti-Semitism, and was established by Committee member Henrik Frenkel in memory of his parents, both of whom survived the Holocaust. The award bears the name of Frenkel’s first grandchild.
Derakhti, 21, acknowledges that the road he has chosen is not the easiest. “I know what I’m doing is dangerous, but I know it’s also good, and receiving the Elsa Award helped confirm this,” he told The Times of Israel by phone.
A lifelong resident of Malmo, Derakhti was shocked when he first learned about anti-Semitism in the city, Sweden‘s third-largest and the site of regular anti-Semitic attacks and intimidation.
Read the whole story -- and you will also see a picture of the young man, who is as cute as a button. I think his heart and soul show up on his face.