This week saw some rain and some sun, some bitter cold days and some mild ones in Israel. As many of you know, Palestinians went to the polls this week all over Gaza, Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. One of our reporters visited an East Jerusalem polling station to bring you a live report of the voting atmosphere.
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Also, today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. At the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem (http://www.yadvashem.org.il/), acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert honored the day. Here are some of his comments:
“We have just completed a short tour of the new Holocaust History Museum and I think that I can say on behalf of the entire Cabinet that it was a very difficult experience. We spent approximately 1.5 hours in an experience that detached us from the reality in which we live, in this awful memory and the relentless pictures from our collective memory, and in the pain that is an inseparable part of both our experience and our raison d'etre.”
“From this year, International Holocaust Remembrance Day will be marked annually in most countries around the world. This is the result of an Israeli initiative that was approved by great majority of the United Nations General Assembly.”
“I hope that this step will lead to the awareness of the Holocaust being instilled in many publics around the world, which for years tried to evade the need to deal with the Holocaust in all its aspects. I also hope that this step will lead to a reduction in anti-Semitism and Holocaust-denial, which in recent years, to my regret, we have witnessed with concern."
Shabbat Shalom from the editorial staff at israel today