29 December 2019
Yad Vashem is deeply concerned by the news and images emerging from the scene of yet another antisemitic attack, this time in the area of Monsey, New York. Yad Vashem stands united with the families of those injured in last night's attack and the local Jewish community, and calls upon local leaders to act swiftly and bring to justice the perpetrators of this latest violent act of hatred, bigotry and antisemitism.
"The scenes from recent antisemitic attacks in the United States must not be allowed to become a regular occurrence," said Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev. "We believe that meaningful and relevant Holocaust education is vital in order to call attention to the dangers of what can happen when antisemitism goes unchecked."
On the eve of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp when leaders of nations will gather at Yad Vashem on 23 January 2020 for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum entitled "Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism," the message must be clear: Antisemitism will not be tolerated anywhere in the world.