holocaust painting 311.
(photo credit: AP)
Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazy said at a Holocaust Memorial Day event at Yad Yitzhak's Massuah Institute on Sunday that today we face waves of anti-Semitism as we did then and calls by organizations, leaders and nations who wish to complete the ambition of the Nazi enemy. However, Ashkenazy said, today those enemies do not face a helpless people crying for the mercy of others, but a state resolved to defend itself and fight for its independence. We have learned our lesson and will do everything it takes so that the citizens of Israel can feel safe in their homes.During the ceremony, Holocaust survivors will light six torches. First
torch: Eliezer Ayalon; second torch: Leo Luster; third torch: Sara
Israeli; fourth torch: Hannah Gofrit, fifth torch: Baruch Shub; sixth
torch: Jakob Zim. During the ceremony, short videos of the
torchlighters’ testimonies - produced and directed by Shlomo Hazan -
will be shown.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech at the
Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at Yad Vashem on Sunday focused on the rising Iranian threat, a threat to repeat the holocaust. “In the face of [Iran’s] calls to erase the Jewish state from the face of the earth repeated time and again, we see at best mild protestations, and this too seems to be fading,” Netanyahu lambasted the international community.
Shimon Peres before him also addressed the Irianian threat in his speech, stressing that
the world can not display the apathy that cost so many their lives in
"It is our right and duty to demand of the world's
nations to not repeat their indifference, which has cost millions of
human lives, including theirs. The United Nations must be attentive to
annihilation threats coming from one of its members, against another
member state," said Peres.
The central Holocaust Remembrance
Day ceremony at Yad Vashem began Sunday evening at 8 p.m. and was
broadcasted live on Israeli television. The central theme for this
year’s Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day will be the Voice
of the Survivors – those who, according to a museum press release,
“honor the victims and strive to safeguard their memory.”
Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu are slated to speak
at the ceremony. Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, himself a Holocaust
survivor, will light the Memorial Torch. Hana Weiss will represent the
Participants in the ceremony include musician Gali Atari and the Ankor
Choir under the direction of Dafna Ben Yohanan, as well as the IDF
Paratroopers’ Honor Guard. Lior Ashkenazi will recite a piece.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on television on Channels 1, 2, 10
and 33, and channel 9 in Russian, and by radio on Kol Israel and Galei
Zahal. It will last about one hour and a quarter.