On Thursday, Israel celebrates the Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this occasion, two minutes of silence throughout the country commemorated the six million Jews murdered during World War II. Today, less than 180,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel, 900 died from the COVID-19 epidemic.
From Wednesday to Thursday evening, Israel celebrates Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day. As every year, sirens wailed in memory of the victims, traffic stopped for two minutes, some drivers got out of their cars, and passersby stopped on the run – reports the Associated Press agency.
In the Knesset, deputies lit candles and read the names of relatives who died at the hands of the Nazi Germans and their assistants.
During the celebrations, restaurants and entertainment venues are closed, and programs about the Holocaust are broadcast on TV and radio.
Main celebrations were held at the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening. Six torches symbolizing the six million victims of the Holocaust were lit. Israeli President Reuwen Riwlin, who spoke at the ceremony, recalled that there are fewer than 180,000 Holocaust survivors in the country, and 900 died in the last year due to the coronavirus. At the same ceremony, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that many survivors had been vaccinated on time. As he said, the three lockdowns that have taken place in Israel so far have been difficult for everyone, but especially for the elderly. He added that for those who remember the Holocaust, “they awoke painful memories of the terrible loneliness of childhood.”
The head of government also raised foreign policy issues. He called on world leaders not to renew the Iran nuclear deal. “History has taught us that deals like this one with extremist regimes like Iran are worth nothing,” the PA quotes.
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