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Holocaust Remembrance Day

Yom Hashoah

Yom Hashoah CandleToday is Israel’s remembrance day of the Holocaust, also known as Yom Hashoah. A day to remember the genocide of approximately six million Jews during World War II by the Nazis. 

Of the nine million Jews who had lived in Europe before the Holocaust, approximately two-thirds were murdered. Over one million Jewish children were killed in the Holocaust, too. A network of over 40,000 facilities in German territory were used to concentrate, hold, and kill Jews and other victims, just because they were Jews. 

For me this day, it's not only a day to remember the horror that happened more than 70 years ago, but it is also a day of action. It’s a day of looking at the past and acting to improve our present to a make better future, safer future.

It’s a day to say, as an Israeli Jew, that serves in the Israeli Defense Forces - we will never let it happen again!

A day of standing up proudly, as a living proof that we survived! Our victory is to be here today, against all odds, showing anyone who is threatening us, that this diabolic plan was not accomplished fully and we are here. Here to stay.

A day of saying firmly and strongly, this will Never Happen Again! Not to Jews around the world, and not to any other people.

Especially in times that we hear of nuclear Iran saying Israel does not have the right to exist, in times of war mongering from Korea, it’s a day of saying "not again." Just look at this video. In the middle of a song during a holocaust ceremony in a school in the south of Israel, a missile sent by terrorists from Gaza, sending people to hide as the siren is heard. Today this event has an even stronger meaning.

This year, we commemorate 70 years of the uprising of the Warsaw ghetto, uprising of young people, of teens, of people from youth movements that took action and said "NO." Today, their resistance and strength should be a beacon in the stormy sea of our days, that we are here and we are here to stay. No missile, no threat, no one will scare us.

Below is a video of the flight of three F-15 Israeli jet planes over the Auschwitz death camp in September 2003. 

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