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Trump mentions Jews in Holocaust Remembrance Day message

Trump mentions Jews in Holocaust Remembrance Day message Trump mentions Jews in Holocaust Remembrance Day message
Nellie Chapman | 28 January, 2018, 02:57

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of rising anti-Semitism in her country on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, calling the need to protect Jewish buildings "a disgrace".

Trump stirred controversy past year shortly after his inauguration by releasing a statement on the remembrance day that did not mention Jews.

Holocaust Memorial Day is held annually on January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Administration officials said the statement's aim was to honor all victims of the Holocaust, not just the Jews. This monument serves as a reminder to us all of the atrocities and horrors experienced by the Jewish people and many others targeted by the Nazi regime and its collaborators during one of the most horrifying chapters in human history.

Trump, whose daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism and who has Jewish grandchildren, came under fire during his first year in office after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, deteriorated into violent clashes between white supremacists and protestors.

"Our Nation is indebted to the Holocaust's survivors", the message said.

"It reminds us that globally we have to continue building societies based on mutual understanding and trust, tolerance and solidarity, in which we will permanently promote universal principles of democracy and human rights in the spirit of dialogue and openness. Although they are aging and their numbers are slowly dwindling, their stories remain with us, giving us the strength to combat intolerance, including anti-Semitism and all other forms of bigotry and discrimination".

"We must stand together against the normalization of hate", he said at Park East Synagogue in NY recently.

"New Zealanders need to know that racist hatred is never OK and we all need to call it out when we see it in front of us". "We will bear witness, and we will act'".

Using Holocaust Remembrance Day to raise the issue, she said hatred starts small and is born in the hearts of those who casually spread it around their networks.