Israel commemorates 9/11 with annual memorial ceremony in Jerusalem

Ambassador Shapiro gives address at 9/11 memorial service in Jerusalem; Netanyahu opens weekly cabinet meeting: We stand with our greatest ally, the United States of America, and with other partners in the battle against militant Islamic terrorism that spreads its fear, its dread, its murder, around the world.

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Israel commemorated the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001 in its annual ceremony held at the Jewish National Fund 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem Sunday. The ceremony was attended by Israel officials and United States Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro.

Shapiro gave an address during the ceremony, speaking of the importance of “what and who we lost, of the responsibility that memory imposes on us, asking “Have we done enough to ensure that the next generation, and future generations, fully comprehend the calamity that befell us that day, the ways it changed us, and the responsibility it imposes on us?”

He spoke of how “Israelis have repeatedly been faced with this question.  They are a nation that has endured countless tragedies and more than one existential crisis, each of which shattered individual lives and stung an entire generation… Israelis have excelled, and where we continue to learn from them, is in conveying the power of memory and history forward, so that each successive generation understands the meaning and the obligations that flow from events which they cannot personally recall. Through national ceremonies, small graveside memorials, and a commitment to education, Israel plants seeds of understanding in those who were not there.  The result is a people that knows how to honor and grieve its losses, but also unites in common purpose to build, to serve, to protect, and to live out its most sacred values.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu also addressed the 15th anniversary of the attacks on the United States at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting, stating “Today we mark 15 years since the terrorist attacks on 9/11. We remember the victims. We embrace their loved ones. We stand with our greatest ally, the United States of America, and with other partners in the battle against militant Islamic terrorism that spreads its fear, its dread, its murder, around the world. Our memories are long, our determination is boundless. Civilized societies must band together to defeat these forces of darkness, and I’m sure we will.”

He addressed anti-Semitism and terrorists’ usage of the Internet and social networks as a senior delegation of Facebook is currently in Israel. He stated “The fight against terrorism is also being waged on the social networks, and a senior delegation from Facebook is currently in Israel. The goal here is to improve cooperation against incitement, the incitement to terror and murder, on the social network. The Internet has brought considerable blessing to humanity, but folded within it – to our regret – is also a curse, because terrorists and inciters are using the Internet to attack mankind. We are determined to fight these phenomena and, therefore, I welcome the cooperation, or at least the desire for cooperation, that Facebook is showing, and we hope that these will lead to better results.”