Israel marks Holocaust Day, youth say nation still under existential threat

Thursday, May 01, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Israel on Thursday marked Holocaust Remembrance Day with the usual two-minute morning siren bringing the entire nation to a standstill, followed by solemn ceremonies remembering the six million exterminated by Hitler's Nazis.

In Poland, Israeli army chief Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi led the annual March of the Living at the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. Some 12,000 young Jews from around the world, non-Jewish Poles and Holocaust survivors participated in the event. It was the first time the march had been led by a commander of the Israeli army.

Meanwhile, a survey conducted on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day revealed that a majority of young Israeli Jews do not believe Diaspora Jews are under threat of another extermination attempt, but most do feel that by living in Israel they are under "certain threat of destruction."

The survey was conducted by the Anti-Defamation League's Jerusalem office. ADL Director Abraham Foxman said the results show that young Israelis are still dealing with severe global anti-Semitism as a historical phenomenon and not a present-day issue.

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