World leaders, survivors gather in Jerusalem for Fifth World Holocaust Forum (YNet)
Jerusalem today is the scene of a historic event for the Jewish Nation. World leaders from dozens of countries have arrived for ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration and death camp. During the Holocaust millions of Jews were systematically exterminated by the German Nazis and their collaborators. It was a dark time in human history that destroyed a huge amount of world Jewry. It was a time when few Jews could imagine our return to Israel with Jerusalem as our eternal unified capital. Now, many years later, Jerusalem is proud to host this event with the participation of leaders from around the world. Today’s ceremony takes place at Yad Vashem, Israel’s national memorial in Jerusalem for the Holocaust.
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Dozens of world leaders gathered in Jerusalem on Thursday to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, amid a backdrop of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the United States. The event is lauded as being Israel’s biggest diplomatic event in history.
The Fifth World Holocaust Forum that was to take place at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum under the banner “Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism,” coincided with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland and International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The event is organized by World Holocaust Forum in cooperation with Yad Vashem and President Reuven Rivlin, who opened the ceremony with a special message, thanking world leaders for expressing their “solidarity with the Jewish people” by attending the event.
Rivlin says that “anti-Semitism does not stop with the Jews,” and calls anti-Semitism and racism a “malignant disease.” He added that “no democracy is immune.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who earlier in the day met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a special press conference, also gave a welcoming speech where he slammed the Iranian regime as being “the most anti-Semitic on the planet.”
“I am concerned that we have yet to see a unified and resolute stance against the most anti-Semitic regime on the planet. A regime that openly seeks to develop nuclear weapons and annihilate the one and only Jewish state,” Netanyahu told assembled world leaders. “Israel salutes President Trump and Vice President Pence for confronting the tyrants of Tehran,” he told the audience, which included Pence.
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