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article imageOp-Ed: The Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah)

By Eliot Elwar     Apr 15, 2012 in World
On Thursday, 19 April 2012, Israelis will remember the murdered Jews during the Holocaust. Since the Jewish state’s rebirth in 1948, she has faced constant threats. However, threats appear greater today.
According to the United States Holocaust Museum, Yom HaShoah, the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, will be observed internationally by the Jewish community. While the Second World War ended in 1945, the death camps remain an appalling memory for many Jewish Holocaust survivors alive today. Many Holocaust survivors are living in Israel.
According to many historians, this awful experience created a national day of memory and public holiday. It was inaugurated on 1953, anchored by a law signed by the Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion and the President of Israel Yitzhak Ben-Zvi. It is held on the 27th of Nisan, which usually arrives in either April or May in the Western calendar. In other countries there are different commemorative days.
For the Jewish People, the past horrors are kept alive by threats from a new generation of militant anti-Jews, like those words spoken frequently by Iran’s leaders to “wipe Israel off the map” and their work to acquire the means to carry out another genocide with nuclear weapons. Israel has made a solemn promise, “Never Again!” This kind evil must never be allowed to proliferate worldwide. Mounting terrorist attacks inside and outside of Israel remind the global community about the supreme hatred for the Jewish People by radical Muslims jihadists operating in the Mideast. During this Yom HaShoah, Israel faces a combination of threats surrounding her.
To the north, Syria is being rocked by waves of protests against the brutal and repressive Assad regime, leading many observers to fear he may start a war with Israel to remain in power.
To the south, the former Israel-friendly Egyptian government of Hosni Mubarak has been replaced by a virulently anti-Semitic militant Muslim government led by the Muslim Brotherhood. Already the border with Gaza has been opened to allow easier access for Iranian operatives to smuggle in more advanced weapons to Hamas terrorists. When the Egyptian authorities looked the other way a few months ago, militant terrorist group crossed the Sinai to launch an attack that left one soldier and seven Israeli civilians dead.
To the east, the country of Jordan has also seen growing anti-Israeli protests, despite their longstanding peace treaty with Israel. The government of King Abdullah is struggling to maintain control of the nation, and Israel’s enemies are at the forefront of those calling for a new regime to take power.
Finally, Israel’s worst threat is Iran. The destructive power of nuclear weapons in the hands of extremist dictators in Iran is an existential danger that Israel cannot allow to exist forever. Since it is unlikely that the United States, the European Union, or the United Nations will act to defend Israel from her enemies, the Israel Defense Force could be forced to take preemptive military action to prevent another Jewish Holocaust. This act may provoke an all-out war in the Mideast.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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