As Israel’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations got underway on Wednesday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of the danger still posed by antisemitism across the globe.
“The radical right, the radical left and radical Islam agree only on one thing — hatred of Jews,” Netanyahu said in his speech at an official state ceremony at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
The prime minister made an apparent reference to the recent controversy surrounding a cartoon published in the international edition of The New York Times that was widely condemned as antisemitic.
“The publication of caricatures of hate toward Israel undermines the legitimacy of the Jewish state,” he said.
Netanyahu also called for more international pressure on the regime in Tehran,
“Iran threatens to destroy us day and night,” he said. “We don’t ignore them, and we are not deterred by them.”
At the same ceremony, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin cautioned that Europe was seeing the “reemergence of ghosts of the past.”
“Ideas of superiority, national purity, xenophobia and blatant antisemitism from left and right are hovering over Europe,” he said.
On Thursday morning at 10 a.m. local time, sirens across the country will wail for two minutes and Israelis will stand in silence to remember the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust.
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