On Holocaust Memorial Day, US President Barack Obama spoke at a ceremony held by the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Faced with the scourge of rising anti-Semitism, he called for individuals of every faith and creed to challenge it out of solidarity with the Jewish people.
“We are all Jews, because anti-Semitism is a distillation, an expression of an evil that runs through so much of human history, and if we do not answer that, we do not answer any other form of evil,” Obama said.
The event, devoted to posthumously honoring non-Jewish Holocaust heroes, the so-called “Righteous Gentiles”, represented the first time a sitting American president has spoken at the Israeli Embassy.
It was organized by Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust remembrance and educational organization.
The leader was introduced by Steven Spielberg, the Academy Award-winning director of the Holocaust-themed film Schindler’s List, as well as the founder of a Holocaust history foundation.
“Too often, especially in times of change, especially in times of anxiety and uncertainty, we are too willing to give in to a base desire to find someone else, someone different, to blame for our struggles,” Obama further stated. “So here tonight we must confront the reality that around the world anti-Semitism is on the rise. We cannot deny it.”
Je Suis Charlie Mr President.
Je Suis Juives Mr President.