Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust Remembrance Day or Yom Hashoah began last night. Here in Israel, we observed two minutes standing in silence at 10AM. As I’ve mentioned on here before, it’s a surreal experience.

This should give you an idea (footage taken from this morning)

Thankfully, that’s not footage taken from here.

This year, Yad VaShem hosted a competition for artists to design posters that captured the essence of Yom HaShoah. The winning poster was the below, created by Doriel Rimmer.

You can see some of the other entries here.

Meanwhile, here’s a contribution from my son.

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  • Norman B.

    Here is Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to the March of the Living recorded yesterday.

  • Jim from Iowa

    It would be helpful to know your son’s age in order to better judge his artistic talent. For example, if he is under 10 I would say it is quite good. However, if he is more like 18 then I would recommend you not pay good money to send him on his way to an art school with the idea to make it a profession. No offense intended, just my objective opinion.

    • STV

      I’ve seen worse. Tracy Emin or Damien Hirst for example.

    • http://www.israellycool.com/ Aussie Dave

      He’s 6.

  • http://brabosh.com brabosh

    A wise young son you got there in your team Dave!

    Looks like if the flytilla nerds seems to be in big trouble :)

    Cheers,

    Brabosh, Antwerp, Belgium

  • tom

    yeah, I know, the “two minute standing siren”. nothing to do with Jews, just some goyish thing to show the public “something” is done for the murdered. They rather say a kaddish with 600’000 people answering at the Kotel. Much greater benefit for the dead than standing around and running people over…such a shame.
    Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong about a remembrance day. But why have two? There’s the international one around Jan-Feb and there’s the constituted Israeli one, exactly 8 days before Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day)
    I say that the three major days for the non-religious public are “Holocaust Day”, “Remembrance Day” (for the soldiers and terror victims) and then “Independence Day”. Let’s face it this is what this country’s right to exist was based on. (And that’s why Hebron is not important to the public, just some settlers there…) Instead of saying that we’ve been there since Avraham, Yitzchak and Ja’akov!
    Ok, maybe I should stop here…enough for one post…
    Travis, now your comment!

    • Norman B.

      What is your problem?

    • ziontruth

      tom,

      “They rather say a kaddish with 600’000 people answering at the Kotel. Much greater benefit for the dead than standing around and running people over…such a shame.”

      No one’s forcing you to stay to live within a society you don’t like. As I’ve always maintained, one specific complaint may indicate a problem with those you’re complaining about, but many general complaints usually indicate a problem with the one complaining.

      ” “Remembrance Day” (for the soldiers and terror victims) and then “Independence Day”. Let’s face it this is what this country’s right to exist was based on. (And that’s why Hebron is not important to the public, just some settlers there…) Instead of saying that we’ve been there since Avraham, Yitzchak and Ja’akov!”

      Then why here of all places? Why not really Uganda as Herzl suggested? He suggested it as a place of shelter. If you think of the nation-state of the Jews as nothing but a place of shelter, then why Muslim-surrounded Palestine? Don’t go sawing off the branch you’re sitting on.

      “And that’s why Hebron is not important to the public, just some settlers there…”

      No settlers in Hebron except Arab settlers. Jews are the indigenous Hebronites. Swallowing whole, and repeating, Arab propaganda points, even unwittingly, is again an act of sawing off the branch you’re sitting on.

      • tom

        No. 1 We are not like the other nations. If this a jewish state, then let’s apply jewish traditions, not goyish ones

        No. 2 This is, like I said before, the place of our forefathers and this is what our right to live here has to be based on. (see the first Rashi comment on the Torah), not because the holocaust and not because over 20’000 Jews had to sacrifice their lives in the past 64 years (actually more, because jews settled the land before 1948, just like Tel-Aviv is older than 64 years)

        No. 3 The word “settlers” I used in an ironic way. The jews have the right to live in Hebron. The Arabs are guests. Arabs have no right to live here, heck if they don’t want there’s enough space behind the Jordan river they can go and live there. If they want to live here, they have to obey our laws. Point.

        The only problem is that although we celebrate independence day and we are independent to some extent, we still can’t do what we want and NEED to do. “What will the Americans say? What will the Europeans say? etc.”

        The IDF is strong, the IDF can do the job. Only “human rights groups” are stopping them. Crazy stuff.

        • ziontruth

          Um, you mean your post I responded to was entirely in sarcasm? OK, that changes everything, but you should have indicated it somehow. Deadpan is even less safe on the Intarwebs than in real life, you know. Personally I use a “/sarc” tag where I think I could be mistaken for writing seriously.

          • tom

            No, I meant the word “settlers” was sarcasm. Everything else serious stuff. no sarcasm there. your reply was perfect.

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