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Holocaust Remembrance Day Observance Begins with Yad Vashen Ceremony
By DEBKAfile & IsraelNationalNews.com
Israel's observance of Holocaust memorial day began on Wednesday evening with a
ceremony at Jerusalem's Yad Vashem attended by President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister
On Thursday morning at 10 a.m., sirens will go off around the country for two minutes,
followed by official ceremonies marking the occasion. Ministers, members of the Knesset,
and a delegation from the IDF and the Israel Police will participate in the annual "March
of the Living" during the day in Poland.
Each year, Israel stops for one day to remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the
Holocaust and to tell the stories of the survivors. On Wednesday evening, a state memorial
ceremony took place at Warsaw Ghetto Square at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in
Jerusalem. President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both spoke the
ceremony and Holocaust survivors lit six torches as part of the memorial service.
A Knesset memorial ceremony titled "Every Person Has a Name" is set for Thursday.
During the ceremony, which will be held in the Chagall Lounge, Knesset members will read
out the names of the Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. Rivlin, Netanyahu, Knesset
Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Supreme Court President Justice Miriam Naor will all be present
for the ceremony.
Meanwhile, dozens of delegations from around the world are now touring through the
remnants of Jewish life in Krakow, Poland, which was once home to one of the most vital
Jewish communities in Europe.
At the Nuremberg Symposium in Krakow on Wednesday, marking 70 years since the Nuremberg
Trials, participants discussed what lessons, if any, were learned in the years since and
what steps can be taken to prevent genocide. The conference was organized by the March of
the Living organization and the Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights. Legal
specialists from around the world participated.
At the same time, ahead of the March of the Living participants' memorial ceremony at
Auschwitz-Birkenau on Thursday, a delegation of Knesset members arrived in Warsaw Tuesday
to lay a wreath at the Ghetto Heroes Monument. There, Habayit Hayehudi MK Shuli
Mualem-Rafaeli read Professor Asa Kasher's poem "Bakashot," which was originally written
following the 1997 Israeli helicopter disaster.
Netanyahu told the survivors that lit the menorah: "I have one mission: One Yad Vashem
is enough. One time. There will be no second time.". The meeting with the survivors was
the first of its kind and was organized by Sara Netanyahu.
The prime minister went on to say that "the hatred of Jews has not disappeared in 70
years, and it is now directed at the Jewish state. But the state is very, very strong --
and its strength is your strength."
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin opened his address Wednesday evening with a story from
the Bergen Belsen concentration camp during the first night of Passover in 1944. "In
barrack 18, a group of Jewish prisoners gathered, determined not to eat leavened bread.
Rabbi Aharon Bernard (Yisachar) Davids, the rabbi of Rotterdam and a leader in the
religious Zionist movement, who decided not to escape with his family but rather was sent
with his community to Bergen Belsen, explained to them that it was their obligation to do
what was necessary to stay alive."
"In order to convince them, he picked up a piece of bread, and before eating it on that
Seder night, he read a special prayer which he had penned together with Rabbi Simon
Dasberg, and other Rabbis from Holland, which read; 'Our Father in Heaven! It is known to
You that we desire to fulfill Your will and observe the Passover holiday by eating Matzah
and safeguarding against bread. But our hearts are pained at the captivity which prevents
us, and we find ourselves in danger of our lives. We are hereby ready to fulfill Your
commandments "And you shall live by them (the commandments)" and not die by them, and to
observe the caution of "guard yourself and watch your life greatly."
Therefore our prayer to You is that You keep us alive, and sustain us, and redeem us
speedily." The President noted that, tragically, Rabbi Davids perished just months before
the camp was liberated.
"I stand here, amid the mountains of the Israeli city of Jerusalem," said Rivlin, "on
the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day 2016, between the days of Passover 'the festival of
freedom,' and Israel's Independence Day, and give thanks in the name of Rabbi Davids and
his community who did not merit to see this moment, and in the name of all our brothers
and sisters, our loved ones who perished in the Holocaust, I give thanks to He who brought
us to this moment, to these days of revival. Am Yisrael Chai, the people of Israel lives."
Rivlin highlighted the importance of the remembering the Holocaust, noting that this
would be the last generation to meet with survivors. "In another generation, there will
not be anyone left living among us who survived that hell, and who could say, 'I was
there, I saw the horror with my own eyes'. The Holocaust survivors living among us become
fewer and fewer.
"It is time to conduct some soul-searching before you. We must admit that we were
wrong. Holocaust survivors have never received the respect they deserved. Even to the
present day, the State of Israel does not take every measure it can in order to take care
of the Holocaust survivors. My brothers and sisters, survivors, the heroes of Israel's
revival, I came here today on my behalf, and on behalf of the people of Israel, on behalf
of the State of Israel, and I ask each one of you, before it is too late, for
"We did not understand, we did not want to understand, and we have not done enough. Our
brothers and sisters, Holocaust survivors. These are the years in which we should take the
opportunity to try to clarify along with you, how you want to shape the memory of the
Holocaust and its lessons for future generations. How do you wish to charge the torch of
remembrance, which will be passed from generation to generation? The number which was
tattooed onto your flesh is etched into the hearts of this nation for generations, and has
become the living will of the Jewish people."
Rivlin added, "The Holocaust whether we like it or not has become a factor in shaping
the standards of our understanding of ourselves, of understanding our relationship with
other nations, and our role in the world. The Holocaust places the Jewish people in front
of the basic principles, as a people and as a nation gazing inward at ourselves and
outward toward all of humanity. It is these basic principles that should unite us all,
regardless of our political outlooks, ideologies, or ethnic origin."
"I believe that the memory of the Holocaust for future generations, should meet three
basic principles. Firstly, we should always be able to defend ourselves we should
not privatize our security. The State of Israel is not, under any circumstances,
compensation of the Holocaust. However, the Holocaust put into perspective the necessity
and crucial need of the Jewish people to return to its historical roots, as a nation that
takes its fate in its hands."
"Anti-Semitism and the persecution of the Jews are not a fad, or one that can be taken
lightly. It is a difficult chronic disease that penetrates deep into the heart and history
of nations. We find it today in the voices that can be heard in the heart of a different
Europe from the British left and the extreme right in Eastern Europe and in Europe
as a whole, and in areas across of the Arab world. The State of Israel will deal with this
anti-Semitism by ensuring, first and foremost, a national home and a Jewish army that
protects the nation of survival. We will never be ashamed that we are willing to fight."
"The second point is the shared Jewish fate. In Auschwitz and Babi Yar, in the darkness
and in great fear, an alliance was forged - the Covenant of the Pieces. Our Jewishness
descended upon us all equally and culminated, as Jean Amery said harshly, in the realities
and the possibilities inherent in the number engraved on our arms."
"All of us, the Jewish people, those of faith, and those without, those who believe in
Zionism and those who don't believe in Zionism, from the East and from the West, and
anywhere in the world are as one number."
"We will forever pursue the blood of our brothers and sisters, individuals and
communities, which screams at us from within the earth. We will continue to pursue the
deniers, those who want to forget and those who want to blur history. In the present and
the future, whatever our faith, above and beyond any estrangement or divisions within us
we will always recognize the invisible thread that connects us to the Jewish people
"The third point, beloved is man created in God's image. This is a Jewish truth, the
most fundamental human truth and the deepest antibody to the horrors of the Holocaust,
where our people and all of us were turned to dust, to ants, to un-human beings. Beloved
is man created in God's image. Whether we want or not, the Holocaust imposes a hard and
terrible duty on the Jewish nation and its conduct. The Holocaust will forever place us,
the Jewish people, as eternal prosecutors on the stage of humanity, prosecutor against
anti-Semitism, racism and ultra-nationalism. Prosecutors against pacts with the devil that
trade human dignity and life for interests. Prosecutors against indifference, against the
relativism of evil. Beloved is man, every person, created in the image of God. This is a
holy duty from which the Jewish people cannot and should not want to escape at any time,
under any circumstances."
Arab Terrorists learn Lucrative Trade While in Israeli Prison
By IsraelNationalNews.com & AFP
Inspired by their time working in an Israeli prison canteen, two Palestinian terrorists
have launched a lucrative food truck in Ramallah in Samaria, in a first for the region
ruled by the Palestinian Authority. It's not quite the captive audience they were used to,
but Khaldun al-Barghuti and Abderrahman al-Bibi's brightly colored van is drawing
attention - and hungry patrons - on the pavements and in the parks of the PA's political
Barghuti, who spent eight years in an Israeli prison, and Bibi, who spent nine, served
food to fellow inmates during their time in jail. They said they served time for
"resisting the Israeli occupation," but refused to provide further details regarding the
terrorist activities that landed them in jail.
Barghuti, who was freed at the beginning of this year, said it was no coincidence that
he decided to open a mobile business - dubbed the "Food Train" - following his release. "I
had to get on the move after so much time spent in a small cell, I was tired of the long
hours of boredom and I wanted to move all the time, like a train," he said, filling a
baguette with grilled chicken and diced onions. He also said the psychedelic paint job of
the van in red, blue, orange, purple and yellow came in response to the monotone colors of
In Israeli jails, Palestinian terrorists have been revealed to be enjoying numerous
perks, and even benefit from university degree study programs.
Street stalls flogging falafel, grilled corncobs or Turkish coffee are a common part of
any Arab street, but a restaurant in a truck with two fridges and a stove, powered by four
huge solar panels, was unheard of before the Food Train.
Although such food trucks are all the rage in cities from New York to Paris, the two
terrorists had to ask the PA ministry of transport to issue its first license for their
mobile restaurant, which was inspired by their time in Israeli jail. Serving Middle
Eastern street food alongside hot dogs and sandwiches, the truck has proven surprisingly
popular. "We didn't expect to have so many customers this fast," said Barghuthi.
Since opening the truck three weeks ago, the two men take turns at the stove from 8
a.m. until midnight, seven days a week.
Barghuti, sporting a neatly trimmed black beard and an apron tied around his neck, said
that in general they park next to "universities or public gardens, and sometimes employees
ask us to come in to their industrial zone."
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