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UN Holocaust day

by: Yitzhak Benhorin, Ynetnews - Last updated: 2005-11-01

United Nations

United Nations

Israeli ambassador to the UN, Danny Gillerman introduced a resolution in the UN General Assembly that designates January 27 as an annual commemoration day for the 6 million Jews and other victims murdered in the Nazi Holocaust during World War Two.

The resolution, which is the first to be introduced by Israel in the UN General Assembly, is expected to be approved by consensus, after 90 states have already confirmed their support of the measure.

The resolution asks all countries to reject any full or partial denial of the Holocaust and condemn "all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief, wherever they occur."

"I feel moved and privileged to present this historic resolution today, as an Israeli, a Jew, a human being and the child of Holocaust victims," Gillerman told the General Assembly.

Gillerman recalled that the United Nations was founded on the ashes of the Holocaust and the commitment to "save succeeding generations from the scourge of war." The resolution described an "indelible link" between the world body and the "unique tragedy" of the war.

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, who was unable to attend the session lauded the measure, and said that the expected approval of the resolution constitutes a significant step forward in the war on anti-Semitism, in the commemoration of the holocaust and in advancing Israel's international stature.

Today, 60 years after the Holocaust, the UN finally acknowledges the importance of its lessons and treats Israel as an equal member in the international community, Shalom added.

Germany's UN Ambassador Gunter Pleuger called the Holocaust "the very darkest chapter in the history of Germany" marked by "the silent terror of the camps."

"At a time when the last personal witnesses of the Holocaust are leaving us, it is especially important to find new ways to keep the fate of the victims alive in the memory of the world -- and to keep on asking how such crimes could ever be committed," Pleuger said.

Reproduced with permission: Ynetnews