Showing posts with label Yom HaShoah. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Yom HaShoah. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Terrorists Strike, Anti-Semitism Spikes in US as Israel Remembers Holocaust - TZIPPE BARROW CBN NEWS

A torch can be seen during a ceremony marking the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, April 24, 2017. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)

Terrorists Strike, Anti-Semitism Spikes in US as Israel Remembers Holocaust

Standing With Israel
At the opening ceremony of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) at Jerusalem's Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum Sunday evening, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin began by telling how Jews in the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp celebrated the first night of Hanukkah in 1943.
The rabbi lit a candle, he said, and led the prisoners in the traditional holiday prayer.
"Blessed are you, Lord our God, who has given us life and sustained us and allowed us to reach this season," he prayed, thanking God from inside the death camp.
Rivlin then said, "I stand here on this evening of awe, in the rebuilt Jerusalem, the capital city of the State of Israel, and in the name of our valiant brothers and sisters, victims of the Shoah, and the survivors, who struggled for survival, for their Jewishness, and for their humanity ... am Yisrael chai" [the people of Israel live]!
And that was evident on Monday when the two-minute memorial siren sounded throughout Israel. People on the street bowed their heads, while people driving stopped their cars and stood next to them.
Hours before Sunday evening's ceremony, a Palestinian teen stabbed four people near the Tel Aviv promenade. Police arrested the attacker and took him in for questioning. All four are recovering from their wounds.
Again Monday, a woman from Duma, an Arab village near Nablus, stabbed a female soldier at the Kalandiya checkpoint. Paramedics evacuated the soldier to the hospital in moderate condition. The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) named the attacker as Asya Kabaneh, 41, from an Arab village near Nablus.
A mother of nine, the woman told investigators "she has been engaged in a lengthy conflict with her husband, who has threatened to divorce her." Following a quarrel Sunday evening over their children's education, she decided to commit a terror attack so security forces would shoot her, telling investigators she was "fed up" with her life.
Meanwhile, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) says the first quarter of 2017 showed a whopping 86 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents—harassment, bomb threats and vandalism—in the U.S., up from a 34 percent increase in 2016.
The ADL published the data in its annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents.
"There's been a significant, sustained increase in anti-Semitic activity since the start of 2016, and what's most concerning is the fact that the numbers have accelerated over the past five months," ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.
According to the report, California, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Massachusetts, areas with a large Jewish population, had the highest number of incidents.
In other words, 72 years after six million Jews perished at the hands of Hitler's regime, anti-Semitism in the United States is rising at unprecedented rates. 
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Monday, April 24, 2017

President Trump: Holocaust the 'Darkest Chapter of Human History' - JULIA EDWARDS AINSLEY REUTERS

People walk in front of a gate with the words "Arbeit macht frei" (Work sets you free), in the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz as thousands of people, mostly youth from all over the world gather for the annual "March of the Living" on Holocaust Remembrance Day in Oswiecim, Poland. (Agencja Gazeta/Jakub Porzycki via REUTERS)

President Trump: Holocaust the 'Darkest Chapter of Human History'
Standing With Israel
U.S. President Donald Trump said anti-Semitism should be defeated, and called the Holocaust the "darkest chapter of human history" in a video address on Sunday, following two missteps by his administration regarding statements about genocide during World War II.
"The mind cannot fathom the pain, the horror and the loss. Six million Jews, two-thirds of the Jews in Europe, murdered by the Nazi genocide. They were murdered by an evil that words cannot describe, and that the human heart cannot bear," Trump said in a speech to the World Jewish Congress Plenary Assembly in New York on Yom HaShoah, Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day.
"On Yom HaShoah, we look back at the darkest chapter of human history," Trump added. "We mourn, we remember, we pray, and we pledge: 'Never again.'"
In January, on international Holocaust Remembrance Day, a Trump administration statement failed to mention Jews, the overwhelming majority of those who were killed in concentration camps under Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.
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.
Spicer later apologized after his comments aroused criticism on social media and elsewhere for overlooking the fact that millions of Jews were killed in Nazi gas chambers.
Trump's four-minute message included somber references to Jewish suffering in the Holocaust, a commitment to support Israel and a rebuke of prejudice and anti-Semitism.
"We must stamp out prejudice and anti-Semitism everywhere it is found. We must defeat terrorism, and we must not ignore the threats of a regime that talks openly of Israel's destruction," Trump said in an apparent reference to Iran. 
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Yom Hashoah: We Remember the Six Million Who Perished ✡ "O Lord God, Thou Knowest." - ISRAEL365

And He said unto me: 'Son of man, can these bones live?' And I answered: 'O Lord God, Thou knowest.'

וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי בֶּן אָדָם הֲתִחְיֶינָה הָעֲצָמוֹת הָאֵלֶּה וָאֹמַר אֲדֹנָי יְ-הוִה אַתָּה יָדָעְתָּ

יחזקאל לז:ג
va'-yo-mer ay-lai ben a-dam ha-tikh-ye-na ha-a-tza-mot ha-ay-le va-o-mar
a-do-nai e-lo-heem a-ta ya-da-ta

Today's Israel Inspiration

This chapter contains Ezekiel's famous vision of the valley of dry bones coming to life. In the prophet's time, Israel was destroyed and the people scattered to the four corners of the earth. Yet, when God asks Ezekiel "can these bones live?" he doesn't express doubt or hopelessness. He answers that anything can happen if it is God's will! In our days, we stand witness to this truth, as from the ashes of the Holocaust came the birth of the modern State of Israel. Today we remember the six million who perished at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. Each survivor brings with them a story of perseverance, even in the face of evil, and they stand as a living testament to the perils that face humanity should anti-Semitism rise again. Seventy years later, we have an obligation to support those few remaining survivors and ensure that their final years are filled with happiness and peace.
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Israel Opens Holocaust Remembrance Day at
Yad Vashem Memorial

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, and dozens of Holocaust survivors gathered at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem on Sunday night as Israel ushered in the annual Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day.

Reflections of the Holocaust

Join one survivor as he gazes upon a tremendous sculpture that stands in Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. The sculpture depicts the faces of nameless individuals whose lives were snuffed out in the name of hatred and anti-Semitism more than 70 years ago.

Destruction Throughout Jewish History

For 2,000 years we have mourned together over the destruction of Jerusalem, the Temple and the other countless tragedies of Jewish history including the Holocaust. In modern times, we have begun to experience the rebirth of the Land of Israel and Jerusalem. May we merit to see God's comfort, and the fulfillment of the rest of the redemption, through the coming of the Messiah and the immediate building of the Third Temple.
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Today's Israel Photo

Every prisoner sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp in Poland during World War II was tattooed with a number, thereby erasing their names and by extension their entire identities. Seventy years later, their tattoos stand as a testament to the horrors they experienced.
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

A drone just flew over Auschwitz and captured something incredibly powerful - ISRAEL VIDEO NETWORK

On this day, we remember the loss of 6 million of our people. We remember this loss that so profoundly defines our past, our present and our future.

Especially today, and every Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, we resolve to remember this loss so that we may educate every future generation about this tragic chapter in our history.
We remember these darkest days of the Jewish people. We remember how faith and hope led to the creation of the Jewish homeland. We remember the paramount importance of protecting and defending Israel's existence. We resolve to never forget and to always proclaim "Never Again."
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Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog: Never Again, Never Forget: On Holocaust Remembrance Day, here are four true heroes to remember.


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Never Again, Never Forget: On Holocaust Remembrance Day, here are four true heroes to remember. Who will be the heroes of our time, standing against evil & genocide?

by joelcrosenberg
Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. -- Santayana
Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Here in Israel, the sirens will sound at precisely 10am. Every car, truck, bus and taxi cab will pull to a stop. Every worker will lay down his tools. Every classroom will fall silent. Every Jewish Israeli, regardless of what he or she is doing, will stand at attention, listen to the wail of the sirens, and remember those who were ruthless sent to the gas chamber, simply because they were Jews.
How will you remember the Holocaust today? How will you teach your children about the most horrific attempt to exterminate a single people group in the history of mankind?
I encourage you to make time today to remember the six million Jews -- including 1.5 million children -- were systematically murdered by Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. Read the stories below. Share them on social media. Visit a Holocaust Museum. Watch Schindler's List or one of the other great films about what happened. Read Elie Wiesel's Night. Better yet, find a survivor -- or the son or daughter of a survivor -- and ask them to share their story with you and your family.
Let us honor their memories, and pledge ourselves never to forget them. In so doing, let us pledge to never allow such evil to happen again.
This is not just a time for Jews to remember, or the world to remember the Jews. This is a day for all of mankind to take a decisive stand against evil and against genocide in our time. This is especially critical in the face of the continuing Iranian nuclear threat and the apocalyptic regime in Tehran's repeated vows to annihilate the U.S. and the State of Israel. It is also critical in the light of the genocidal rampage against Muslims, Christians and Yazidis that the apocalyptic leaders of the Islamic State are engaged.
My hope and prayer this year is that in addition to remembering those who died in the “Shoah” (the Holocaust), we will also remember those who lived -- especially four extraordinary heroes who actually escaped from Auschwitz in the spring of 1944 not only to save their own lives but to tell the world the truth about what the Nazis were doing.
I first learned about these men and their extraordinary courage and selflessness upon visiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland in 2011. Their stories intrigued me. Indeed, they inspired me to write the novel, The Auschwitz Escape.
Their names are:
  • Rudolf Vrba
  • Alfred Wetzler
  • Arnost Rosin
  • Czeslaw Mordowicz
In 2014, I wrote a column specifically sketching out their dramatic saga, based on the research I did for the book, including meeting with some of the world's leading Holocaust scholars at Yad Vashem here in Israel. I hope you’ll take a moment to read the whole column, and then share it with others.
They are worth remembering. They are worth emulating. Indeed, as darkness falls once again in the epicenter and around the world, may their tribe increase.
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