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Israel marks Holocaust remembrance day with somber ceremony

Israel marks Holocaust remembrance day with somber ceremony

The "Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day", as it is officially called here, started with the annual ceremony at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem.

People visit Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Sunday, April 23, 2017. She said these individuals were chosen for ways in which they were helping to carry out the lessons of notable Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize Winner Elie Wiesel who passed away a year ago.

"Since World War II, there has never again been a tragedy like Holocaust, but in many cases, the world stands by and does not prevent instances of mass murder or genocides", he says noting the atrocities in Cambodia, Rwanda, Sudan and today in Syria.

Earlier at the government's weekly meeting, Netanyahu said the Jews has become "from the people that is a driven leaf, helpless, to a sovereign people with a defensive force that is among the strongest in the world".

Among them he said was U.S. President Donald Trump's "determined answer to the slaughter of the Syrian children by chemical weapons".

Netanyahu warned against the dangers of standing by, and praised U.S. President Donald Trump's recent air strike on a Syrian army's air base in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed almost 90 civilians.

President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were among the dignitaries delivering remarks at the somber event.

The ceremony begun with the national flag lowered to half-mast. Psalms and the Jewish prayer for the dead were recited at the podium.

At the Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu also committed to making sure that the many Holocaust survivors in Israel live a "respectable existence".

Rabbis and survivors from local synagogues carried Torah scrolls that survived the Holocaust, and the survivors and their families lit candles in memory of the millions of Jews who were killed during the Holocaust. Places of entertainment and restaurants shut their doors and TV stations either cease broadcasting or dedicate programming nearly exclusively to Holocaust documentaries, interviews with survivors and melancholy music. Pedestrians typically stop in their tracks, and cars and buses halt on the streets while drivers and passengers step out of their vehicles to stand with their heads bowed. These were usually connected to increased anti-Israel activities by pro-Palestinian groups on campus, said Dina Porat, a historian who leads the team of researchers behind the report.


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