Weekly Commentary: Do Not Dilute Israel's Memorial Day by Extending to
Victims of Anti-Semitic Attacks Overseas
Dr. Aaron Lerner 28 April 2020
Yaakov Hagoel, Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization suggested
this week that those killed in anti-Semitic terror attacks overseas be
included in Israel's annual Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel's Wars
and Victims of Terrorism.
Hogoel's intentions are admirable. But it would be a mistake.
Our Memorial Day is part of an integral two-day package.
Today we mourn the losses that are part and parcel of the existence of the
Tonight we celebrate Israel's Independence Day.
There may be a place for an international day marking Jewish communities
around the world, but our Independence Day celebrates our living in a Jewish
State with a degree of independence the Jewish People have not enjoyed since
the best periods of the First Temple.
By the same token, there may be a place for a day to mark victims of
anti-Semitism around the world, but our Memorial Day remembers those who
died as part of the cost of participating in this new page in our Bible.
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