Over 10,000 march from Auschwitz to Birkanau Monday morning; Ceremonies held through out Israel Sunday and Monday; Israelis stand in silence for two minutes remembering 6 million killed in the Holocaust
Israelis stood in silence for 2 minutes marked by sirens at 10:00 AM Monday morning in remembrance of the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust with ceremonies and educational programs held across Israel Sunday evening and Monday commemorating Israel’s national Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom HaShoah).
Over 10,000 marched from Auschwitz to Birkanau Monday as part of “March of the Living” in Poland. As with every year, delegations from around the globe participated in the march and ceremony following. Israeli and global leaders participated in the ceremony alongside delegations from over 50 countries.
In Jerusalem, Prime Minister Netanyahu gave a speech at a ceremony held at Israel’s Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem, Sunday evening. During his address, Netanyahu spoke of growing anti-Semitism in the West, as well as anti-Semitism fueled by Iran and the Islamic State.
He spoke of three factors leading to the Holocaust as “the abhorrent hatred of the Jews, the indifference of world powers to the horrors, and our people’s own terrible weakness in the Diaspora.” He then asked “Has the hatred disappeared? No. Judging by the millennia-old history of anti-Semitism, it would be naive to think that anti-Semitism will disappear in the foreseeable future.”
The prime minister spoke of anti-Semitism “propagated by radical Islam”, fueled by ISIS and Iran, that are centered on not only exterminating the Jewish people, but is also “directed at the Jewish state.” He spoke of the anti-Semitism in the West and at the United Nations stating “Old-new anti-Semitism is rampant in Western circles and in the United Nations’ institutions as well. The hypocrisy screams to high heaven.”
He warned those who threaten the Jewish people and State of Israel, stating, “Those who seek to eradicate us, themselves risk eradication. This is neither provocation nor exaggeration; it is the only way to truly guarantee our future,” adding that “the citizens of Israel and survivors of the Holocaust “have created, all of us, the great change in the Jews’ fate. We have replaced weakness with strength.”