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Mike Pence World leaders collect in Israel for Holocaust online forum

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Mike Pence World leaders collect in Israel for Holocaust online forum

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Iran wanted to “annihilate the one and only Jewish state” Israel’s prime minister has vowed that “there will not be another Holocaust” in a speech at a forum in Jerusalem marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.Benjamin Netanyahu also called on…

Mike Pence World leaders collect in Israel for Holocaust online forum

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Mike Pence Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem (23 January 2020) Image copyright

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Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Iran wished to “obliterate the one and only Jewish state”.

Israel’s prime minister has pledged that “there will not be another Holocaust” in a speech at a forum in Jerusalem marking the 75 th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

Benjamin Netanyahu also contacted the global community to “sign up with the crucial effort of facing Iran”.

” We have yet to see a merged and undaunted stance against the most anti-Semitic program in the world,” he stated.

Lots of world leaders attended the event at Yad Vashem remembrance centre.

It was established to maintain the memory of the 6 million Jews killed on an industrial scale by the Nazis and their accomplices during World War Two.

Almost a million Jews were gassed, starved, worked to death and even eliminated in medical experiments at Auschwitz, which was in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Some 75,000 Polish civilians, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, 25,000 Roma and Sinti, in addition to Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals and political prisoners were also put to death there.

The Fifth World Holocaust Forum is the biggest diplomatic occasion in Israel’s history.

More than 40 dignitaries participated in and laid wreaths, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, US Vice-President Mike Pence and the Prince of Wales, who is making his very first main journey to the Holy Land.

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In the opening address, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin thanked them “for your commitment to keeping in mind the Shoah [Holocaust], for your dedication to the people of the world, to those who think in the self-respect of male”.

He said their nations must not consider given the typical worths that people defended in World War Two, such as democracy and liberty, saying that Jewish individuals “remember due to the fact that we understand that if we do not remember then history can be duplicated”.

” Anti-Semitism does not just stop with Jews,” he cautioned. “Bigotry and anti-Semitism is a malignant illness that takes apart individuals and nations, and no society and no democracy is unsusceptible to that.”

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More than a million people, most of them Jews, were murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said the Jewish people had “discovered the lessons of the Holocaust – that we can not take hazards to annihilate us lightly; to challenge risks when they are little; and above all, despite the fact that we greatly appreciate the help of our pals, to protect ourselves by ourselves”.

He warned that, today, Iran “honestly looks for to establish nuclear weapons and wipe out the one and only Jewish state”.

” Israel salutes [US President Donald] Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence for confronting the autocrats of Tehran, who subjugate their own individuals, who threaten the peace and security of the whole world,” he included.

” I contact all governments to join efforts in facing Iran. Israel will do whatever it should do to protect its individuals and the Jewish future.”

Iran has actually consistently required the obliteration of the State of Israel, but says that it is not anti-Semitic. It has actually likewise rejected that it wants nuclear weapons.

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In his address, Prince Charles cautioned that “hatred and intolerance still lurk in the human heart” and stated individuals “need to be fearless in challenging fallacies and resolute in resisting words and acts of violence”.

France’s Mr Macron said anti-Semitism was “resurfacing” and revealed overall decision to fight against it.

But he also worried that “no-one can conjure up [those killed by the Nazis] to validate division or modern hatred”.

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The leaders heard music made up by Viktor Ullman, who passed away at Auschwitz.

Vladimir Putin on the other hand proposed a top in between the leaders of Russia, China, the United States, France and the UK this year to go over methods to “safeguard and save peace” in the world. “The 5 states carry specific duty for preserving the civilisation,” he included.

The decision to give the podium to the Russian leader triggered fury in Poland.

Its president, Andrzej Duda, stayed away in protest at not being invited to speak by the organisers. He likewise implicated Mr Putin of distorting the history of the Holocaust and World War Two to attack his country.

The Russian president claimed just recently that Poland was complicit in the outbreak of World War Two, and while excusing Russian totalitarian Stalin’s early pact with Hitler he described Poland’s 1930 s ambassador to Nazi Germany as “a scumbag and an anti-Semitic pig”.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki reacted with a furious four-page declaration that accused Mr Putin of lying about Poland and “attempting to restore” Stalin for his political objectives today.

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He told the BBC on Tuesday that Russia’s remarks revealed “disrespect to Poland and to all the heroes from the Second World War”.

” When you hear such declarations like [those] made by President Putin, falsifying history totally, this is also our obligation to offer a proper reply. If you do not have a floor to give an appropriate reply, the only response can be as it happened,” he added.

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