Obama pays respects to Holocaust victims (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 04/23/12)
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US President Barack Obama was the keynote speaker at the US Holocaust
Memorial Museum on Monday. In his address, Obama payed his respects
to the six million Jews that perished under Nazi Germany while
focusing on the US commitment to preventing genocides around the
Obama was introduced by Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Laureate
Wiesel, who thanked the US president for his dedication to the Jewish
"´Never Again´ is a challenge to us all," Obama said. "We must tell
our children, but more than that we must teach them. Remembrance
without resolve is a hollow gesture. Awareness without action changes
Referencing South Sudan, Obama said that the killing of innocents
must come to an end. "The people of Sudan and South Sudan deserve
peace," he said, adding that US action has prevented further
"The killings in Cambodia, the killings in Rwanda, the killings in
Bosnia, the killings in Darfur. They shock our conscience," he said.
Obama also spoke of the Ivory Coast, Libya, and Uganda as examples of
US intervention to avoid mass murder. Preventing mass atrocities
is "a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility
of the United States," he said.
Turning to threats facing the Jewish people today, Obama said that
the US will not stand idly by faced with a regime that threatens
global security and denies the Holocaust. "The United States will do
everything in our power to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear
The US president also said that he will continue to increase
sanctions on Syria to bring an end to the Assad regime.
"The Syrian people still seek and deserve their basic human rights,"
he said. "The Syrian people have not given up and so we have not
Obama said he has signed a new executive order implementing new
sanctions targeting Syria and Iran. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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