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Israelis Mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

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2 May 2019 (All day)
Israelis Mark Holocaust Remembrance Day
Sirens sounded throughout the Land of Israel at 10 AM Thursday morning as part of Holocaust Memorial Day, honoring the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis. Ceremonies were also held at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening and throughout the day on Thursday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at Thursday night’s ceremony, saying “To those who seek our destruction, I say precisely from this place: We have returned to the stage of history, we have returned to the front of the stage, we have defeated our oppressors in the past, and – with God’s help – we will defeat you as well.”

Lamenting the recent rise of anti-Semitism in many Western countries, he added a warning to Israel’s most dangerous regional enemy, Iran, whose leaders often speak of their desire to destroy the Jewish State.

“We do not ignore these threats, but we are not deterred by them,” he said. “In the face of Iran, our policy is clear: in the military field – an aggressive containment of Iran’s attempts to establish itself militarily near our borders. And in the political arena – pressure, pressure and more pressure. In the face of threats of annihilation, Israel will not extend its neck to slaughter. Contrary to what happened during the Holocaust, we are capable and determined to defend ourselves, by ourselves. The IDF is strong – among the strongest armies in the world – and it can defeat our enemies.”

Here is a video telling the story of one Holocaust Survivor



Neo-Nazi Group Holds Marches in Swedish Cities
The Nordic Resistance neo-Nazi party (NMR) held marches in several Swedish cities on 1 May, prompting a statement by World Jewish Congress (WJC) CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer that “there must be zero tolerance for such manifestations of evil.” The NMR also has branches in Norway, Denmark and Finland.

Here is a video about the rise of anti-Semitism worldwide



Israel Blesses the World
Researchers at Tel Aviv University announced this week that they have found a new way to apply existing medications to a new program of treatments for multiple sclerosis, giving hope to people worldwide suffering from epilepsy and other disorders of the brain including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Their research was published in peer reviewed medical journals and will likely lead to further research in the field.
 
Hamas Launches Barrage of Incendiary Devices Into Israel
The Israeli Air Force carried out strikes in the northern Gaza Strip Wednesday night in retaliation for a barrage of hundreds of incendiary balloons launched into Israel by the Islamist terror militia Hamas which rules the Strip. The balloons caused several fires in the Eshkol region of southern Israel.

Israeli National Hockey Team Wins World Championship
Israelis were celebrating a victory in international sports competition this week following the victory of its national ice hockey team in the IIHF World Championship Division II Group B tournament held in Mexico City. The Gold Medal was the crowning achievement of several years of effort by the Israel Ice Hockey Federation, which in January entered into an alliance with the Israel Hockey Foundation of North America.

“With roughly 1,800 players registered in Israel, winning gold was very important,” said IHFNA Executive Director Stacey Pressman. “This medal gives the children training in Israel and abroad hope that they, too, can one day be World Champions! It also brings recognition and exposure for those who may not even know that Israel has a hockey program. We have had a spike in interest in our clubs since the recent success of the men’s team and the U18 team which this year won a silver medal in the Division 3A competition in Sofia, Bulgaria.”

 

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