Watch: Israel Stands Still To Commemorate The Holocaust


As they do every year on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Israelis across the country stood at silent attention on Thursday morning as sirens wailed.

On Wednesday evening, as Holocaust Remembrance Day began, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin were on hand at the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem to lay a wreath in memory of the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis during World War II.

At Yad Vashem, six torches were lit by six Holocaust survivors.

The day is marked by educational programs at schools and public institutions, and commemorative ceremonies at army bases and throughout the country, including at the Yad Vashem memorial for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. At the Knesset, the names of Holocaust victims are recited throughout the day.

Memorial events feature the lighting of candles, the playing of somber songs on the radio, and the testimonies of Holocaust survivors and their descendants. Programming on popular channels focuses on the Holocaust.

At the Yad Vashem event, Netanyahu said the Jewish people “will not present its neck for the slaughter in the face of threats of destruction.”

He noted the threat of the Iranian regime and said anti-Semitism in the guise of anti-Zionism is one of the chief threats to the Jews and the Jewish state today.

Netanyahu railed against The New York Times’s recent publication of two anti-Semitic cartoons as part of “systematic, dishonest vilification” of Israel.

“The extreme right, the extreme left and extremist Islam agree on one thing only: on hatred of the Jews,” he said. “This hatred is expressed in despicable attacks on worshippers at synagogues, as took place a few days ago in San Diego and before that in Pittsburgh; in the desecration of Jewish cemeteries and in the publication of caricatures and articles dripping with hate, even in newspapers considered respectable.

“To those who wish us ill, I say in this of all places: We have returned to the historical stage, to the forefront of the stage. We’ve defeated our enemies before and, God willing, we’ll beat you too.”




  1. Standing still like dummies does not do a thing for the souls that perished and neither does it do anything for those who stand dumb. Instead of that stupid siren blasting all over Israel just making noise, it would make more sense that Kaddish should be blasting all over Israel and everyone will join for the benefit of the holy souls.

  2. Why does MATZAV keep on bringing us the anti TORAH anti HALACHA stupidities of the Israeli government. There is nothing Jewish about a moment of silence or somber songs , and it is 100% assur to do anything sad in Nissan the time we commemorate sad events is Tisha Bav and by saying Kinnus not any of this silly copying of Goyishe Minhagim!

  3. I wonder what exactly is going throughout these people’s heads as they stare idly into outer space. They pay their dues for a minute a year, and then they quickly sweep the victims under the rug until the next year. The Israeli government is not interested in remembering the holocaust victims, on the contrary, they are trying to forget them. They have no respect for the religion which the victims had died for. Their every ideal, view, and outlook runs in opposition of Torah and yiddishkiet.
    On the other hand, the Torah Jew is constantly emulating the pre-holocaust yid. We learn their Torah, follow their minhugim, and try to continue the mesorah which they’ve passed on to us. We aren’t trying to disassociate ourselves from them, not in the way we dress, act, or view the world. We do the opposite of brushing them under the rug— we glorify them. We are them, and they are us. You can never forget a part of yourself.


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