Daily Archives: April 21, 2009

“WE WILL NEVER FORGET”

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The Auschwitz Album

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OVER 100 COUNTRIES AFFIRM DURBAN II ISRAEL CONDEMNATION….

AND THAT IS APPALLING!


Jerusalem Post  April 21, 2009

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On Holocaust Remembrance day, Survivor Wiesel Abused at UN Durban Conference:

Eli Wiesel verbally abused as “Zio-Nazi” by Ahmadinejad Entourage at Durban II

THIS HAPPENED AT THE U.N. AND WE ARE PAYING FOR IT!!

(thanks to Atlas Shrugs for this report)

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ISRAEL MARKS ANNUAL HOLOCAUST DAY

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The Associated Press   April 21, 2009

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Yad Vashem

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JERUSALEM — Hanita Leshem’s parents handed her over to a Christian family in Ukraine in 1941, when she was just a year old, to save her from the Nazi troops murdering the Jews there.

Leshem, now a 69-year-old grandmother living in Jerusalem, never saw her mother and father again.

On Tuesday, she stood among other child survivors as Israel marked its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day honoring the 6 million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis — including her parents.

Leshem was raised by two Christian families and spent some time in a Polish orphanage before she moved at age 7 to what later became Israel, where she was adopted. For decades, she was unable to track down the names of her biological parents. But after exhaustive research and a trip to her hometown near Lvov, she finally learned in 1995 that she was born Isabela Waldbaum, the only child of Ella and Leopold.

She recited her dead parents’ names Tuesday at the main state ceremony of the day at Israel’s Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem.

“I feel like we have won. I am the evidence that we have overcome, despite everything,” she said. “We beat Hitler, and we will beat that Ahmadinejad, too,” she said. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has suggested the Holocaust never occurred and repeatedly has called for Israel’s annihilation.

At a high-profile U.N. conference on racism in Switzerland on Monday, Ahmadinejad accused Israel of being the “most cruel and repressive racist regime” and the West of using the Holocaust as a “pretext” for aggression against Palestinians. Dozens of European diplomats walked out of the hall in protest; 10 countries, including Israel and the U.S., had boycotted the conference altogether, expecting it to become a forum for Israel-bashing.

At a ceremony opening Holocaust Remembrance Day on Monday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Israel would “not allow the Holocaust deniers to carry out another Holocaust against the Jewish people.”

Frenetic Israel came to a standstill for two minutes on Tuesday morning as air-raid sirens sounded across the country in mournful tribute to the Holocaust dead. Cars came to a halt and people froze in their tracks, many with heads bowed.

Throughout the entire day, television stations broadcast historical documentaries and movies, and radio stations played somber music and interviewed survivors. Schools held memorial services, places of entertainment were shut down and the Israeli flag was flown at half staff.

This year’s memorial event honored the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust. Many of the tens of thousands who survived, like Leshem, were taken in by Christians who risked their lives to protect Jews.

An official wreath-laying ceremony at Yad Vashem followed with Israeli leaders and Holocaust survivors in attendance. Later, ordinary Israelis flocked to the museum’s Hall of Remembrance to recite names of victims. Other ceremonies, prayers and music performances took place at the parliament and throughout the country.

An estimated 250,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel, roughly half of those still alive worldwide.

The Nazis wiped out a third of world Jewry during World War II.

Demographer Sergio DellaPergola of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem projected that if the Holocaust had not happened, between 26 million and 32 million Jews would now be living worldwide, as opposed to just over 13 million today.

Yad Vashem has recently upgraded its Web site to offer new research tools. Its latest entry is “The Untold Stories,” devoted to documenting the massacres of Jews in small- and medium-sized communities that had been lost to history.

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On the Net:

http://www.yadvashem.org.il

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Ban Ki-moon “deplores” Ahmadinejad comments

WORLD NEWS

April 20, 2009

The UN Secretary General says he “deplores” the comments made by the Iranian leader on Israel. France and Britain are also among other countries who have condemned them.

Earlier, Ban Ki-moon had expressed strong disappointment at the non-attendance of many Western nations.

He told the meeting that “we dream of moving in a new direction, yet too many of us cling to the past”.

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“Some nations, who by rights should be helping to forge a path to a better future, are not here,” he said. “Outside these halls, interest groups of many political and ideological stripes shout against one another in acrimony. They too should be with us talking.”

U.S. Officials Condemn Ahmadinejad’s Anti-Israel Address

U.S. officials roundly condemned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Monday for using an anti-racism conference in Geneva as a platform for lambasting Israel.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called the tirade “hateful rhetoric” and cited Ahmadinejad’s behavior as one of the reasons the U.S. boycotted the United Nations conference.

“The president disagrees vehemently with what was said, as from some of the video I saw, so did many others,” Gibbs said.

He was referring to the dozens of representatives, mainly from Europe, who walked out of the U.N. conference in protest of Ahmadinejad’s address. Several other countries, including the United States, boycotted the conference before it began, largely because they expected it to be used as a venue for anti-Israel rhetoric.

Ahmadinejad on Monday called Israel the “most cruel and racist regime” and blamed Western countries for the financial crisis. He also called the Holocaust a “pretext” for aggression, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“I think the president and the administration, obviously, made the right decision in not going forward with attendance at this conference, despite, obviously, a president that believes greatly that racism and intolerance must be and should be addressed,” Gibbs said.

State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters that Ahmadinejad’s remarks “frankly, were unacceptable and, frankly, feed racial hatred.”

“Iran needs to end this type of inflammatory rhetoric. It’s not helpful,” Wood said. “This is not rhetoric that should be used in the 21st century.”

President Obama has made several overtures to the Muslim world, including Iran, prompting Ahmadinejad to say his country “welcomes a hand extended to it” earlier this month.

Despite Monday’s anti-Israel rhetoric, Wood said the Obama administration still wants to engage Iran diplomatically.

“In the end, it’s going to be up to Iran, but this administration has said it’s willing to engage in direct diplomacy,” Wood said.

FOX News’ Nina Donaghy contributed to this report

Monday,  April 20, 2009

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AHMADINEJAD ATTACKS U.S., ISRAEL AT U.N. CONFERENCE

April 21, 2009

NEWS-US-RACISM-UN-FRANCE “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unleashed a blistering attack Monday against Israel and the United States, calling the Jewish state ‘racist’ and lashing out at Americans for their support,” reported Fox News. “Ahmadinejad called Israel the ‘most cruel and racist regime.’ He followed by blaming the United States, Europe and Israel for the world’s financial crisis, but shrugged off a question later about whether the U.S. not attending the conference would further hurt relations between the two countries.”

Excepts from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s tirade at the U.N. Racism Conference:

  • “Following World War II, they resorted to military aggression to make an entire nation homeless under the pretext of Jewish suffering. They sent migrants from Europe, the United States and other parts of the world in order to establish a totally racist government in the occupied Palestine. In fact, in compensation for the dire consequences of racism in Europe, they helped bring to power the most cruel and repressive racist regime in Palestine.
  • “It is all the more regrettable that a number of Western governments and the United States have committed themselves to defend those racist perpetrators of genocide, while the awakened, conscious and free-minded people of the world condemn aggression, brutalities and bombardments of civilians of Gaza.”
  • Ladies and gentlemen: Who is responsible for the current global economic crisis? Where did the crisis start from? From Africa? From Asia? Or was it first from the United States?”
  • “Dear friends, today, the human community is facing a kind of racism that has tarnished the image of humanity. In the beginning of the third millennium, the world Zionism personifies racism that falsely resorts to religion, and abuses religious sentiment to hide their hatred and ugly faces. However, it is of great importance to bring into focus the political goals of some of the world’s powers and those who control huge economic resources and interests in the world, and mobilize all their resources, economic and political influence, and world media to render support in vain to the Zionist regime, and maliciously to diminish to indignity and disgrace this regime.”

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