More Embarrassing Ignorance Displayed By Self-Professed Israel Expert Richard Silverstein

Israel-hating blogger Richard Silverstein wants everyone to think of him as some kind of expert on Israel. As I have shown on numerous occasions, he is not. Not even close – even though he seems to have a regular gig on Iranian propaganda outlet Press TV as such.

The latest example of his embarrassing ignorance is in this recent post.

January 27th was International Holocaust Remembrance Day (not to be confused with Yom HaShoah, which is explained later), the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  Jews tend to commemorate Yom HaShoah as their day and memorialize the Holocaust as a strictly Jewish tragedy.  Yom HaShoah is one of two separate days also called Yom HaZikaron (‘Day of Remembrance’) in Israel and it falls in late April on the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

Screenshot in case he removes the evidence

Allow me to correct this self-professed expert on Israel.

Yom HaShoah does NOT fall on the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

Yom HaShoah, Israel’s day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust in Israel, falls on the Jewish date of 27th of Nisan, which normally occurs in April/May. While the original proposal was to hold it on the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising (April 19th, 1943) – the 14th of Nisan – this would have made it fall the day immediately before Passover. As a result, the date was moved to the 27th of Nisan, which is eight days before Yom Ha’atzma’ut (Israeli Independence Day).

Yom HaShoah is NOT one of two separate days also called Yom HaZikaron

Yom HaZikaron in Israel is another day entirely. A day to remember Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism, it falls on the 4th of Iyyar in the Hebrew calendar, the day preceding Independence Day. In other words, a week after Yom Hashoah.

These are fundamentals anyone with a decent knowledge of Israel should know.

Which clearly precludes unemployed blogger Richard Silverstein (hat tip: Joseph).


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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