Liberation of Bergen-Belsen
April 15, 1945
THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL LIVE!
(Holocaust Remembrance Day)
- Yom HaShoah - How To Remember The Holocaust
- Yom HaShoah and Lessons to be Remembered
- Community - Then, Now, and Forever
- The Sound of Silence
- A Vital Transmission
The date was selected by the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) on April 12, 1951. The full name became formal in a law that was enacted by the Knesset on August 19, 1953. Although the date was established by the Israeli government, it has become a day commemorated by Jewish communities and individuals worldwide.This Yom Hashoah we are no closer to a new day than we were in 1938 when the Evian Conference was held on the French side of Lake Geneva, when the civilized world signaled to Hitler that no one gave a damn about the Jews.
2009. Here we are, convening in Geneva again. This time on the Swiss side. On Hitler's birthday, On Yom Hashoah, telegraphing to the entire glowball that absolutely zero has changed. Do not think for one minute the timing of this conference is innocent.
We count the Omer, we fast, we pray, while the world languishes in a very, very familiar coma. There is nothing new under the sun, and why should today be different than any other day?
Song Of Moses upon it all.
Full Text of Ahmadinejad's Remarks at Durban II
The making of a global society is in fact the accomplishment of a noble held in the establishment of a common global system that will be run with the participation of all nations of the world in all major and basic decision making processes and the definite route to this sublime goal. Scientific and technical capacities as well as communication technologies have created a common and wider spread understanding of the world society and has provided the necessary ground for a common system.
Elie Wiesel attacked as "Zio-Nazi"
by Ahmadinejad's entourage at Durban II
Wiesel called the presence of Ahmadinejad and his opening speech at the UN racism conference on April 20 "an insult to our intelligence."A UNITED Nations meeting on racism on Tuesday adopted a final declaration against racism, xenophobia and intolerance, a day after an anti-Israel speech by Iran's president triggered a mass walkout.
"Here we are now in the United Nations, an organization created as a response to the atrocities of the Second World War and we have to protest against anti-Semitic speech," Wiesel said.
'Ladies and gentlemen, you have taken a momentous decision to adopt the document,' president of the meeting, Amos Wako said, describing it as a 'historic outcome.'
Wako, the attorney general of Kenya, added that the move 'shows that one can remain constructively engaged and reach a consensus.'
Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has previously called for the Jewish state to be wiped off the map, on Monday criticised the creation of a 'totally racist government in occupied Palestine' in 1948.
He called it 'the most cruel and repressive racist regime.' His speech prompted a walkout by 23 delegations of European Union countries, and a flurry of condemnation from Western nations. -- AFP
The phenomenon was astonishing. The UN provided a platform for a virulent antisemite on the anniversary of the birth of Adolf Hitler. In the name of fighting intolerance, they translated his words into six languages and broadcast them around the world. As he entered the grand room at the UN's Palais Wilson, he was met by a round of applause. And this is what he said.The American Response?
He began by denying the Holocaust: The "Zionist regime" had been created "on the pretext of Jewish sufferings and the ambiguous and dubious question of holocaust."
And he continued with a genocidal agenda: "the egoist and uncivilized Zionism have been able to deeply penetrate into their political and economic structure including their legislation, mass media, companies, financial systems, and their security and intelligence agencies. They have imposed their domination to the extent that nothing can be done against their will. As long as they are at the helm of power, justice will never prevail in the world. It is time the ideal of Zionism, which is the paragon of racism, to be broken. The world Zionism personifies racism that falsely resorts to religion and abuse religious sentiments to hide their hatred and ugly faces."
As he spoke, the European Union countries that had not withdrawn earlier finally stood up and walked out. But they didn't really understand what had just happened at all, for when he was finished, all but the Czech Republic went right back in.
U.S. Deputy Ambassador to the UN Alejandro Wolff told reporters after Ahmadinejad's appearance at the conference, "I can't think of any other word than shameful." He said it was a a "vile and hateful speech."
But Wolff then brushed the address aside, making it clear that the evil expressed would not prevent S. Deputy Ambassador to the UN Alejandro Wolff told reporters after Ahmadinejad's appearance at the
"It does a grave injustice to the Iranian nation and the Iranian people, and we call on the Iranian leadership to show much more measured, moderate, honest and constructive rhetoric when dealing with issues in the region," he said.
U.S. State Department spokesman Robert Wood likewise told reporters in Washington that despite "this horrible rhetoric," America was still hoping to open diplomatic talks with Iran, in keeping with Obama's policy of engagement. "I am not precluding it because we have said very straightforwardly that we want to have direct diplomacy with Iran," Wood said.
"The 23 European countries … walked out all together because the speech by Mr Ahmadinejad was inadmissible," Mr Kouchner told Europe1 radio. "We didn't walk out of the conference and we'll come back."
France's foreign minister warned Tuesday that the U.S. decision to boycott a U.N. racism conference could be a mistake and hurt efforts to reach out to Iran.US Weighing Punishing Israel if it Attacks Iran
One of President Obama's closest foreign policy advisers, National Security Council member Samantha Power, is a proponent of ending military aid to Israel in order to force it to negotiate with Iran's Palestinian Islamist proxy, Hamas, and withdraw from all lands taken during the Six-Day War of June 1967. Power also advocates shifting aid to a Palestinian state. Overall, she views Israel as a liability and a historic mistake, in line with the European left position (and that of old-line, right-of-center, American isolationists and anti-Semites). Her antidemocratic admirers in the Democratic Party's (Hillary-hating) left wing agree and are eager for an opportunity to paint Israel as a Jewish North Korea (although they actually have more sympathy for North Korea than for Israel).US banks want to open branches in Iran
Four American banks, including Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, filed requests with Central Bank of Iran....Pope: UN racism conference 'important initiative'
THE RABBI IS CORRECT:
Do not think for one second that the Vatican and this Pope are not fully aware of the real agenda present at Durban.
Pope Benedict's decision to send a Vatican delegation to a United Nations conference on racism has opened a new rift in relations with Jewish groups, who fear it will be used as a platform to attack Israel.Iran warns Israel not to attack nuclear sites
"By participating, the Vatican has given its endorsement to what is being prepared there (against Israel)," Rome's chief rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni, told the Italian newspaper La Stampa.
But parliament speaker Ali Larijani said if Israel attacked, "Iran will respond in a way that they will not be able to sleep easy anymore."AMERICA warns Israel not to attack Iran's nuclear sites
Amid increasing suggestions that Israel might attack Iran's nuclear facilities, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warned this week that such a strike would have dangerous consequences, and asserted that Tehran's acquisition of a bomb can be prevented only if "Iranians themselves decide it's too costly."Yah, that's right. AMERICA. Also in case you forgot GATES is a holdover from the Bush Administration. And his Igor is Bill Raytheon Lynn, who won his position despite his conflicts of interests with a note from the Black Messiah citing UNUSUAL and EXIGENT circumstances.
Using his strongest language on the subject to date, Gates told a group of Marine Corps students that a strike would probably delay Tehran's nuclear program from one to three years. A strike, however, would unify Iran, "cement their determination to have a nuclear program, and also build into the whole country an undying hatred of whoever hits them," he said.
Ahmadinejad receives 'warm welcome' home after UN summit speech
The state-run news agency IRNA reported a "sensational scene" awaiting Ahmadinejad in Tehran. "People from all walks of life, including university students, [who] had gathered as of the early hours of Tuesday morning, warmly welcomed their political leader at the airport," Irna said. Those who opposed his speech were described as "hooligans"Eli Wiesel, you hooligan!
Arab world applauds Ahmadinejad's speech amid catcalls for US
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dropped language describing the Holocaust as "ambiguous and dubious" from a speech attacking Israel
THE Iranian President's inflammatory speech to a United Nations conference in Geneva attracted largely positive reaction across the Arab world. Al-Quds, the Palestinian Arabic newspaper published in Jerusalem, led yesterday's issue with its coverage of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech.
"European and Western countries withdrew from the session during the speech of Iranian President as soon as he mentioned Palestine and criticised the establishment of the state of Israel," it said.
Al-Ayyam, published in the large West Bank city of Ramallah, devoted its front page to the walk-out staged by several European nations.
It cast the Ahmadinejad speech as criticism of the way Israel treated Palestinians.
A leading Arabic newspaper published in London and widely read across the Palestinian territories, al-Quds al-Arabi, said the Iranian President had only spoken the truth.
Mr Ahmadinejad "succeeded in exposing the Western double standards and in highlighting the Palestinian just cause when he affirmed in his speech at the opening session of Durban Review Conference Against Racism on the racism of Israel and on how the West solved the Jewish problem at the expense of the Palestinians", the editorial said.
"The European delegations that withdrew from the conference in protest against the speech of Ahmadinejad revealed in the clearest form their support to the Israeli racism and showed that they support the massacres committed against the Palestinian people, the latest of which was the recent aggression on Gaza Strip."
Yeah? Mighty fucking white of him.
UN racism talks 'back on track'
"In the drama of yesterday, everyone forgot what the conference is actually about," said Rupert Colville. "I think we are back on track now." His optimism was echoed by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who said the meeting is "not at all a failure but the beginning of a success"Wigged hecklers booted from Durban II
Members of the European Union of Jewish Students also attempted to block the Iranian leader's appearance at a news conference. Heuze said Tuesday the students "have no chance of returning."
Music: John William's theme to Schindlers List
Performed by Itzhak Perlman
וַאֲבָֽרֲכָה֙ מְבָ֣רְכֶ֔יךָ וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ֖ אָאֹ֑ר וְנִבְרְכ֣וּ בְךָ֔ כֹּ֖ל מִשְׁפְּחֹ֥ת הָאֲדָמָֽה׃
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you
I will curse