Holocaust Remembrance Day events continue (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 04/19/12)
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Memorial services and events throughout the country were due to
continue Thursday, to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day which began on
Wednesday evening. At 10:00 a.m. a two-minute siren was scheduled to
be sounded to remember the six millions Jews murdered at the hands of
Nazis during the Holocaust.
Following the sounding of the siren, various ceremonies and events
were due to commence immediately.
A ceremony was set be held at Warsaw Ghetto Square at Yad Vashem
Holocaust museum, which President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu and Supreme Court President Asher Grunis were due
The Knesset prepared to hold a ceremony entitled "every person has a
name," led by Peres and Netanyhau, in which the names of Holocaust
victims will be read out.
On Thursday afternoon, youth from Israel and around the world were
expected to participate in Poland´s "March of the Living."
On Wednesday evening the prime minister said that while it is the
world’s duty to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear arms, it is first
and foremost Israel’s obligation.
Speaking at the state’s Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Yad
Vashem, Netanyahu delivered a speech that dealt heavily with Iran. He
said the obligation Israel must take from the Holocaust is not only
to remember the past, “but to learn the lessons and more importantly
to implement those lessons to ensure the future of our people.”
He noted that this was especially true in this generation, when there
are those calling for the destruction of the Jewish state, and when
Iran is working toward obtaining the means of achieving that goal.
“The truth is that an Iran armed with nuclear weapons is an
existential threat to Israel’s existence,” Netanyahu said. “The truth
is that a nuclear Iran is an immediate threat to other nations in the
region, and a grave threat to the peace of the world. And the truth
is that it is necessary to prevent Iran from getting nuclear arms.
That is the obligation of the world, but first and foremost it is our
Netanyahu’s comments came at the ceremony whose theme this year –
under the banner of “My Brother’s Keeper” – was Jewish solidarity
during the Holocaust.
Hundreds of survivors attended, and six survivors who assisted other
Jews during the Holocaust were honored during a torch lighting
“In one week we will raise the flags of Israel’s independence which
rose for the first time 64 years ago,” Peres told the crowd.
“Today, it is clear that the reality we have built is the vision we
“We used to be a question mark; today we are a strong country,” he
said. “Humanity has no choice but to learn from the lessons of the
Holocaust and stand strong in the face of existential threats, before
it is too late.” (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/19/12)
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