As it has done every year in recent years, the Beitar youth movement
held a Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) ceremony in front of
the German Embassy in Tel Aviv on Thursday.
Beitar youth gathered outside the embassy as the two-minute siren,
which is used by Israelis to reflect on the Holocaust and its
relevance to their lives, sounded. After the siren, the youth held a
ceremony in memory of the six million victims of the Holocaust.
Sarah Ha’etzni Cohen, educational director of World Beitar, explained
in a conversation with Arutz Sheva that the purpose of the ceremony
outside the embassy is to remind everyone that there were people
behind the Nazi killing machine.
“We wish to remember not just the victims but also who murdered
them,” she said. “Behind the murders there were people and we should
remember this. We come here every year to remind people, in Israel
and around the world, that there were people behind this murdering
The Beitar movement has also long been a supporter of a boycott of
Germany and its products. As part of this boycott, Beitar encourages
avoiding buying products made in Germany and also refrains from
sending delegations to the concentration camps.
Beitar has noted that the boycott is done simply as a way to remember
that what took place in Europe during World War II was, in fact,
genocide of the Jewish people.