Israelis stop in their tracks to observe Holocaust Remembrance Day

Published May 5th, 2016 - 09:44 GMT
Israelis stop everything on Thursday morning as a two-minute siren sounds for Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Twitter/@IsraelHatzolah)
Israelis stop everything on Thursday morning as a two-minute siren sounds for Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Twitter/@IsraelHatzolah)

On Wednesday night, Holocaust Remembrance Day began all over the world. 

On Thursday morning in Israel, a two-minute siren sounded at 10:00 A.M. to signal that the country should observe a moment of silence. 

People shopping in Jerusalem's central market, or "shuk," stopped in their tracks:

…as did everyone else in other parts of the city: 

Meanwhile, cars pulled over on the highway as the entire country came to a halt:

The White House offered its condolences: 

…and lots of people on Twitter posted meaningful quotes:  

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu--who recently tried to blame the Holocaust on the Mufti of Jerusalem--used the occasion to call out European leaders for anti-Semitism. 

"British parliamentarians, Swedish officials and opinion leaders in France" are guilty of "propaganda" attacks on Jews, Netanyahu said during a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, according to Israeli news site i24. 

Six million Jews perished during the Nazi genocide. Many of the survivors later emigrated to Israel, which was founded in 1948, just three years after World War II ended. 

Sixty-eight years later, most of those who survived the Holocaust have passed away. Many of those still alive are poor: 45,000 Holocaust survivors in Israel live below the country's poverty line

--Hunter Stuart 


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