Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. January 27 marks the anniversary, now 71 years ago, of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Many world leaders are honoring the victims of the Holocaust today. And Breaking Israel News' Abra Forman reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not only mourned those lost during this dark chapter of history, but also pointed out that while the Jewish people are still being targeted with hatred and violence, they are no longer powerless:
“It is commemorations like this that remind us all where the oldest and most enduring hatred can lead,” he said. He warned, however, that in Europe and elsewhere, “Jews are once again being targeted just for being Jews,” drawing attention to hatred against individual Jews, the collective Jew and the Jewish state.
“Israel is targeted with the same slurs and the same libels that were leveled against the Jewish people since time immemorial,” he said in his statement. “The obsession with the Jews – the fixation on the Jewish state – defies any other rational explanation.”
Netanyahu pointed out that despite horrifying human rights violations perpetrated by ISIS, North Korea, Iran and Syria, the UN Human Rights Council condemns Israel more often than all of them put together. “Some things just don’t change,” he said.But, he added, one very important thing has changed – the Jews themselves. “We are no longer a stateless people endlessly searching for a safe haven. We are no longer a powerless people begging others to offer us protection,” he said. “Today we are an independent and sovereign people in our own homeland….Today we can protect ourselves and defend our freedom.”