Holocaust memorial day in Ireland will remember the victims of Nazi genocide but not the state of Israel, to which many of the survivors fled.
The organizers of Ireland’s annual Holocaust remembrance in January banned any mention of Israel, the Jewish Chronicle Online reported last week, and condemnation of the decision by the Holocaust Educational Trust Ireland (HETI) was being heard, Arutz Shevareported.
“This decision is both reprehensible and unacceptable to the wider Irish Jewish community and is at complete variance with the stated aims and objectives of the trust. The community is horrified,” Maurice Cohen, chairman of the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland, said in response to the announcement.
The Israeli embassy in Dublin said Ambassador Boaz Modai would attend the event but strongly criticized the directive as “a gross disservice to the victims of the Shoah, to the survivors who found refuge in Israel.”