The Knesset (parliament) held a ceremony today marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon did not mince words, saying the world did nothing to stop the Holocaust. “The allies knew about the destruction of the Jewish people but refused to bomb the camp itself” or the railroad tracks leading to it, Sharon said. "The sad and terrible conclusion is that no one cared that Jews were being murdered. At the time of the most terrible test, friends and benefactors didn't lift a finger. This is the Jewish lesson of the Holocaust. The state of Israel has learned this lesson, and since its founding, it has defended itself and its residents, and provides shelter to Jews everywhere. We know that we can only rely on ourselves."
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