Across the country, Israelis pause for two minutes silence at 10 a.m. Monday in memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust. In the Knesset, members read out victims’ names. In Poland, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkott leads the March of Life at the Auschwitz death camp.
Addressing the state ceremony at Yad Vashem Sunday night, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that the lesson of the Holocaust “is that we must be able to defend ourselves, by ourselves…Those who plan to annihilate us, place themselves in danger of annihilation.” He went on to say: “Just as anti-Semitism will not disappear in the foreseeable future, so too has the apathy of the world to barbarity against others not fundamentally changed. Netabyahu mentioned Syria in this regard. “Israel is not apathetic to what is going on just beyond its border. We have established a field hospital right at the border, with Israeli doctors – Jews, Druze, Arabs. In that hospital, and others, Israel has treated thousands of Syrian injured, including many children who were harmed in that cruel war.”
President Reuven Rivlin referred to anti-Semitism in other parts of the world and said: “We must remember our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora and our obligation to [ensure] their safety and welfare.”