Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day began Sunday evening
Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day began Sunday evening (27th) with a ceremony at 8 p.m. at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. Six survivors lit torches in memory of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. Monday morning (28th) a siren sounded in memory of the dead at 10 a.m., followed by memorial assemblies in the Knesset, schools and other public institutions around the country. The theme of this year’s observances was entitled “1944: On the Edge – Between Annihilation and Liberation.”
PM: My duty is to prevent another Holocaust
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday evening (27th), that it was his duty to prevent another Holocaust. Opening the observance of Holocaust Memorial Day at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, he recalled saying those words to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and being reminded of them again in a recent visit with a Holocaust survivor who told him how vivid her memories were of that terrible time.
He talked about the price that resulted because of world powers hesitation to act against Nazi Germany and about the price that will result if current powers take their time acting against Iran’s nuclear program. He expressed hope that a confrontation would not take place but said Israel has the power to protect itself this time. He said, “The enemy did not succeed in wiping us out in the past and they won’t succeed in the future.”
Peres: Israel is the ultimate deterrent against another Holocaust
The State of Israel is the ultimate deterrent against another Holocaust against the Jewish people, President Shimon Peres said on Sunday (27th).
Peres took to the podium at Yad Vashem as part of the official state ceremony ushering in Holocaust Remembrance Day, which began Sunday evening (27th).
IDF Chief Gantz at Holocaust ceremony: IDF proof of our strength
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz spoke at the Holocaust memorial service in Kibbutz Tel Yitzhak and said: “The IDF is proof of the revival of the Jewish people and their move to independence.”
Gantz further said that “in the time the Jewish people struggled to survive in Europe, they sowed the seeds of optimism. They taught one another bravery to stand up and fight the Nazis. The legacy they left is the lighthouse guiding our way.”
On Eve of Remembrance Day, Cabinet passes plan for Holocaust survivors
The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday morning (27th) approved a national plan drawn up by Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Social Welfare Minister Meir Cohen to assist Holocaust survivors. The plan allocates an additional 1 billion shekels a year for survivors, in addition to the current 3.1 billion shekels.
The plan provides additional funds for increasing monthly allowances and provision of full coverage of medicines and dental care. It also includes funds earmarked for mental health services.
The plan, which was approved by the government on Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day eve, will be brought before the Knesset for approval in May.
Israeli police visit Poland to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day
Members of the Israeli Police traveled to Poland last week to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Remembrance Day where they documented their visit.
The delegation visited Auschwitz and Treblinka, among other locations. An estimated 800,000 to 1 million Jews and others died in the gas chambers at the Treblinka death camp.
Netanyahu: Hamas is trying to start another Holocaust
As Israel geared up to mark its annual memorial day for the Holocaust, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed his attack on the new Palestinian unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas by drawing a comparison between Hamas and the Nazis.
“Hamas is trying to start another Holocaust,” the prime minister told his cabinet Sunday (27th). “We hope that Abbas will withdraw from the alliance and return to the path of peace.”