Jewish Agency ceremony remembers victims of anti-Semitism worldwide

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky kindles a memorial flame together with two members of the Nahari family (faces blurred at the family’s request). Jewish teacher Moshe Ya’ish Nahari was murdered in an anti-Semitic attack in Yemen in 2008. Credit: Sasson Tiram for The Jewish Agency for Israel.

( The Jewish Agency for Israel on Wednesday held a memorial ceremony for Jews killed in anti-Semitic attacks around the world. The ceremony, held at Jewish Agency headquarters in Jerusalem, coincided with Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and terror victims.

“The war on our right to be a free people in our land has no borders. We have been attacked in France, in Copenhagen, and in Argentina,” Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said at the ceremony.

“Our enemies keep trying to destroy Jewish life and we continue to build it. They try to sever the chain of generations and we keep it going strong. Our tool is aliyah,” he said.

Sharansky also mentioned Jewish teacher Moshe Ya’ish Nahari, who was murdered in an anti-Semitic attack in Yemen in 2008 and whose family attended the service. “The entire Nahari family made aliyah after their father’s murder and was successfully integrated into Israeli society,” he said.

“We will continue to strengthen the connection between Jews and Israel around the world in order to ensure that the final words of Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl and Jewish teacher Moshe Ya’ish Nahari—‘we are Jews and we will remain Jews’—live on,” said Sharansky.

Posted on May 11, 2016 .