Knesset Speker Reuven Rivlin called for Israel to commemorate the memory of Roma, commonly known as gypsies, who were persecuted in World War II, in response letters from Jewish-Roma families.

"We respect the Roma a lot," Rivlin said on Sunday "They are a very special community, and we as Jews respect their demand for recognition of the tragedy they faced."

The Knesset Speaker pointed out in an interview with Israel Radio that there are differences between the Holocaust and the Roma genocide, but Jews still understand the Roma, who suffered under the Nazis and were murdered in World War II.

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