Wednesday, January 27, was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. More than 6 million of the 11 million Jews living in Europe at that time were systematically murdered by the Nazis. While others observed this tragic chapter in history, the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, posted a video denying the magnitude of the Holocaust and condemning nations who support Israel.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
• In another wave of terror attacks this week, a 23-year-old Israeli woman died from her wounds in a West Bank stabbing. On Wednesday, an Israeli man was seriously injured in another stabbing attack at a gas station north of Jerusalem.
• Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Israel’s relationship with the U.S. and reacted to the Iran nuclear deal at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
• A Fellowship-sponsored survey revealed that 18 percent of elderly in Israel go without heat in the winter because they cannot afford to pay their heating bill. The Fellowship’s Winter Warmth campaign begins this month providing heating units, clothes, and funds to pay energy bills for the elderly and needy.
• Hackers broke into Israel’s power grid, one of the most sophisticated in the world, paralyzing computers at the country’s Electricity Authority.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas on remembering the plight of Israel’s elderly during the winter.