On Yom HaShoah, world leaders call for combating of anti-Semitism

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Credit: World Economic Forum - Remy Steinegger.

(JNS.org) On Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, world leaders called for the combating of anti-Semitism.

President Barack Obama said in a statement, “On this Yom HaShoah, let us recommit ourselves to the task of remembrance, and to always oppose anti-Semitism wherever it takes root. Together, we must give enduring meaning to the words ‘Never Again.’”

On his Facebook account, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called on the world to “combat anti-Semitism in all its forms.”

“Yom HaShoah reminds us that the Holocaust must never be forgotten and that we must remain vigilant against all forms of prejudice and hatred to ensure that such unspeakable acts of inhumanity never happen again,” Harper said.

Earlier this year, Harper—who has been outspoken in his support of Israel—made a high-profile visit to the Jewish state, including a stop at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.

At a Yom HaShoah ceremony in Jerusalem, Israeli President Shimon Peres addressed the rise of radical movements in Europe, saying, “One cannot turn a blind eye to any expression of anti-Semitism. We cannot ignore the rise of far-right [political] parties with Nazi creeds, as they pose a danger to every man and every nation.”

Posted on April 28, 2014 .