Israeli PM says lessons from Holocaust guide him every day

Aaron Brown
April 24, 2017

Visitors pray before their tour at the 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.

Speaking at the at the main ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Netanyahu said Israel's arch-enemy Iran, as well as the Islamic State group, are "publicly striving to destroy us".

Netanyahu said Israel has transformed itself into a strong nation with one of the "strongest defensive forces in the world" and warned "those that seek to destroy us will put themselves in danger of destruction".

He also named more recent instances where "the world stands idly by and does not prevent genocide", citing mass murders in Cambodia, Rwanda and Sudan.

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In a four-minute taped video played to the World Jewish Congress in NY, the USA leader called the Holocaust "the darkest chapter of human history" and pledged "never again" would such horror occur. Earlier this month, White House spokesman Sean Spicer triggered an uproar when he said Hitler did not sink to the level of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by using chemical weapons.

The speech marked a sharp contrast from that of President Reuven Rivlin, who spoke just before Netanyahu, and cautioned against seeing anti-Semitism where it does not exist. "This event was honoring the memory of Elie Wiesel, who said, 'We need to look toward the whole world to make sure people are protected, to make sure people are safe, to make sure people can build a future'". Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin will sing the Kaddish, the traditional Jewish prayer recited to commemorate those who have died.

The federation says an estimated 1,000 Holocaust survivors live in Cleveland and surrounding suburbs.

John Emerson will discuss how Germany is addressing its past in light of the current political climate in Europe, according to Jill Brown, communications and outreach coordinator for the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, which is organizing the commemoration. 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.

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