Sunday, at sunset, opened the Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah.
Yom HaShoah. A day in memory of the martyrs, a day in memory of the heroes. It opens each year at Yad vashem, the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. Six torches were lit by survivors. One for every million Jews slaughtered.
President Reuven Rivlin began by recalling the prayer of a rabbi who celebrated Hanukkah in 1943 in the Bergen-Belsen camp:
“Blessed are You, our God, who gave us life, who supported us and who allowed us to see this season. "
Then his discours turned to the current victims of the war in Syria:
“Man is loved, every man is created in the image of God. It is a sacred obligation that Jews cannot and must not shirk. At all times. In all situations. Likewise, we cannot remain silent in the face of the horrors happening far from us, and certainly not in the face of those happening across the border. […] Maintaining one's humanity: this is the immense courage left to us by the victims, and that you bequeathed to us, you, the survivors of the Shoah. "
On Monday, sirens sounded across the country for 2 minutes. Everyone stops their activity, bows their heads and stands in remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust.
In Auschwitz, the March of the Living gathered thousands of people. Naftali Bennet, Minister of National Education of Israel, said:
“At a time when Holocaust denial is a growing phenomenon, and anti-Semitism is rampant on the internet every day, we must ensure that the memory of the 6 million murdered Jews is preserved forever. "
Hours before the ceremony, a Palestinian teenager assaulted 4 people in Tel Aviv. On Monday, a female soldier was stabbed by a resident of Duma.
In the USA, the start of 2017 saw the anti-Semitic acts increase in a notorious way: desecrated Jewish cemetery in Saint-Louis, Philadelphia or Rochester, bomb threats, harassment, vandalism, Nazi inscriptions. The Anti Defamation League reports that anti-Semitic incidents have increased by 86%.
In France, on the contrary, we are witnessing a 58% drop in anti-Semitic acts : 1162 complaints registered in 2014, 808 in 2015 and 335 in 2016.
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