Israel Marks Holocaust Memorial Day


For one minute, Israelis stopped what they were doing on Thursday as sirens blared across the country in memory of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

Israel marked Holocaust Memorial Day with ceremonies across the country, including at the Knesset and the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.

At the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin led the annual March of the Living with IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot.

At Yad Vashem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu led a memorial ceremony, at which he connected the Holocaust to currently events.

Citing the Iranian threat, Netanyahu said, "Today too there’s an extremist regime that’s threatening us. ... That regime explicitly declares that it intends to destroy us, the Jewish state."

The Israeli media also observed the solemn occasion, featuring interviews with the dwindling number of Holocaust survivors, and experts on Holocaust history and antisemitism.

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